Mike Smith new IN commission exec director
February 03, 2016
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Michael (Mike) Smith of Rensselaer, Ind., has been hired as the new executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.
"Mike, who begins work today, brings outstanding skills and experience that will continue to move Indiana horse racing forward," said commission chairman Thomas Weatherwax in a Feb.1 letter which announced Smith's hire. "He started his involvement in horse racing in the ‘60s with his father as owners of Thoroughbreds, then moving on to owning, training and driving Standardbreds. He continues to maintain a qualifying drivers and trainers license.
"Mike's over-all business and management experiences are remarkable---owning and operating a successful insurance and investment firm; President and CEO of a major trade association in Indiana (Casino Association of Indiana); and served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1993-2002 where he was Republican Floor Leader. His hands-on background in horse racing coupled with his successful business experience and as a leader in the Indiana General Assembly make him uniquely qualified to lead the IHRC," added Weatherwax in the letter.
"The Commission continues its commitment to maintain the highest integrity for Indiana's racing along with fostering and promoting an environment that will encourage investment and growth of Indiana horse racing to expand the industry's role in Indiana's economy. Knowing that Mike shares the Commission's goals, we believe his leadership will continue our progress." (Indiana Horse Racing Commission)