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Northfield restructures key management posts
Friday, April 27, 2007 - by Keith Gisser, director of publicity, Northfield Park

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Northfield, OH --- Northfield Park Chief Operating Officer Tom Aldrich today announced the promotion of Dave Bianconi to the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting.

 

 Dave Bianconi

Bianconi, 39, a graduate in marketing from the University of Cincinnati, is a 16-year veteran at Northfield. He has played a leading role in Northfield Park’s successful ventures in the hyper-competitive simulcast export arena.

Bianconi was initially hired as a summer intern while attending the University of Louisville’s Racetrack Management Program. After training in the race office under Director of Racing Gregg Keidel, Bianconi served as the track’s Publicity and Simulcasting Director for the past decade. Since 2005, he also has overseen the operations of the Northfield-owned Cedar Downs, Ohio’s only off-track betting facility, located in Sandusky, Ohio.

“Chairman Brock Milstein and I, along with our staff and horsemen’s community, have long valued Dave’s positive attitude, teamwork and enthusiastic promotion of Northfield Park’s racing product,” said Aldrich. “As we prepare for future opportunities, Dave’s new duties will enable him to direct critical aspects of Northfield’s overall operations.”

 

 Keith Gisser

Aldrich also announced the elevation of Webmaster and Publicity Assistant Keith Gisser to Northfield Park’s Director of Publicity position. The 48-year-old Cleveland Heights resident has been employed at Northfield since 2001. He has handled a wide assortment of responsibilities, including community outreach, simulcast TV hosting, public relations, substitute announcing and charting, and management of both the track’s Bet Harness account wagering platform and its Player’s Club Rewards program.

Tom Barry, assistant to Aldrich for the past ten years in Northfield Park’s day-to-day operations, will stay on as Director of Administration. Barry, a former general manager at Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs in Maryland, is an experienced operations man and will continue to assist in that area. He also will concentrate on human resources and personnel management, inter-departmental communications and horsemen’s relations.

Northfield Park, located on the Summit/Cuyahoga County line in Walton Hills and Northfield, features over 200 nights of live, year-round harness racing and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.


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