Gall named Standardbred Canada's pres/CEO
June 21, 2016
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Standardbred Canada, the Canadian harness racing industry leader, announced Tuesday that Dan Gall has been named the association's president and chief executive officer.
Gall joins Standardbred Canada with more than 15 years leadership experience in the gaming industry. Since 2000, he has served OLG Slots in general management roles in seven different locations, including Western Fair District, Woodbine, Kawartha Downs, Hiawatha, and Clinton. As general manager, he has responsibility for implementing and successfully managing the annual strategic plan, broad-based operational and fiscal management responsibility which includes support for the horse racing industry through racing events, marketing and industry relations.
"I'm very happy to welcome Dan Gall as Standardbred Canada's president and CEO," said chair of the board, Joanne Colville. "Dan certainly understands the horse racing industry, having worked side-by-side with us for the last 15 years at OLG Slots. Dan has extensive general management experience, and in particular is an excellent leader who will build a strong team in the workplace while forging positive relations with all of Standardbred Canada's members and industry partners."
Gall, who resides in Bayfield, Ont., will join Standardbred Canada in mid-July. He is looking forward to the position and understands the task at hand.
"I have spent most of my career working in the same venue at many of Ontario's racetracks," said Gall. "I witnessed the changes in the industry and understand the importance of Standardbred Canada's role. I recognize the challenges facing the industry and I'm confident that Standardbred Canada will continue to have a positive influence on the industry for many years to come."
In March, Standardbred Canada's Board of Directors retained Mandrake Management Consultants to search for the association's president and CEO. The search was national in scope, screening more than 30 individuals with horse racing, breeding and gaming experience. A Selection Committee made up from the Board of Directors met with a recommended short list of six individuals who in turn went through multiple interviews, assessments, background and reference checks prior to meeting with and being appointed by Standardbred Canada's Board of Directors. (SC)