Harness Horsemen International, who participated in the 2013 Harness Racing Congress held at the Westin Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL, on March 2 & 3, announces a new Board of Directors for 2013.
Tom Luchento was elected as President, while Kim Hankins will serve as First Vice President and Tony Somone will serve as Second Vice President. Luchento is the President of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, and takes over the HHI helm from Gene Oldford, who had served as HHI President for the past five years.
Hankins serves as the Executive Director for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, while Somone represents the Illinois Harness Horsemenís Association as that groupís Executive Director.
Sal DiMario, Delaware Standardbred Owners Association Executive Director, was elected HHI Secretary, while Mike Izzo, CFO of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemenís Association, and was named Treasurer for 2013. Directors at Large include: Jerry Knappenberger, Executive Director for the Ohio Harness Horsemenís Association; Gabe Prewitt, Executive Secretary of the Kentucky Harness Horsemenís Association; and Dr. Timothy Powers, President of the Maine Harness Horsemenís Association.
HHI, organized in 1964, is comprised of horsemenís associations and their representatives from the United States and Canada who collectively represent harness racing in North America.
HHIís mission is to provide advice, consultation, and support to member associations and to provide knowledgeable and professional representation for harness horsemen and women to government bodies and industry gatherings on an international scale. HHI also provides value-added services to member associations in such areas as: the development of a multi-faceted insurance acquisition program and negotiation of international volume purchase agreements with vendors to facilitate member associationís procurement of goods and services at significant discounts. As well, HHI strives to promote and uphold the highest standards of integrity within the harness racing industry.