The 2014 USTA annual meetings are scheduled for Sunday, March 30, and Monday, March 31, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton in Columbus, Ohio.
Following Rules and Executive Committee meetings in the morning on Sunday, the Board of Directors general session, which will be streamed live on the USTA website (http://www.ustrotting.com/), will begin at 12:30 p.m. (EDT).
Keynote speaker for the general session will be Ohio State Racing Commission Chairman Robert Schmitz. Among the topics on the agenda are: the introduction of new USTA directors, proclamations and recognition of former directors, an election of officers, the president's report from Phil Langley and executive vice president's report from Mike Tanner, a financial report, presentation/vote on revised bylaws, and rule change proposals.
The final item on the general session agenda will include a discussion of medication rules and a presentation on harness racing's social media initiative by Rob Key, CEO of Converseon, the USTA's social media marketing agency.
Meetings are scheduled Sunday afternoon and Monday morning involving the following committees: Fairs, Pari-Mutuel, Regulatory, and Registration-Owners/Breeders on Sunday and Driver/Trainer, Finance, Rules and Communications/Marketing on Monday.
The President's Awards luncheon honoring 2014 recipients Bob Carson and Gabe Wand will be held on Sunday at 11:45 a.m.
The 2014 USTA annual meetings will conclude with a general session commencing at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on Monday that will include committee reports, ad hoc committee assignments, approval of the budget, and announcement of the location and dates for the 2015 annual meetings.
All USTA members are welcome to attend the meetings.
Visit http://www.ustrotting.com/ for the live video stream of Sunday's Board of Director's general session from 12:30–3 p.m. (EDT) as well as daily recaps of the important news from the meetings. (USTA)