Long time financial administrator and equine industry leader, Bill Thomason, has been named Keeneland’s new Chief Financial Officer, according to a press release issued by Keeneland on Friday, June 18, 2010.
Thomason replaces Jessica Green, who announced recently that she would be leaving her post as Keeneland’s Treasurer to take a position with Fayette Heating and Air, a locally owned and rapidly growing company in Lexington.
“Jessica Green will be deeply missed,” said Nick Nicholson, President and CEO of Keeneland. “She has brought a level of professionalism, expertise and integrity to a critical position for many years. She will always be considered part of the Keeneland family.”
Green is sad to see her time at Keeneland end, but is looking forward to her future opportunity.
“Keeneland has provided me many opportunities for professional growth and I look forward to taking my experiences and expertise to my new career at Fayette Heating and Air,” Green said. “I value the many personal and professional relationships that are the result of my 17 years at Keeneland.”
While Nicholson is disappointed in seeing Green leave, he knows Keeneland must move forward and is glad to have Thomason coming on board.
“I am pleased that a person the quality of Bill Thomason is joining our leadership team,” Nicholson said. “Bill has incomparable experience in both the financial and equine sectors. We are lucky to attract someone with his depth of knowledge, skills and reputation. It’s a challenging time in our industry. Involving people like Bill Thomason in key leadership positions is vitally important.”
Thomason will begin his duties at Keeneland starting July 1. It is something that has been a lifelong dream of his. He joins Keeneland after a 28-year career at Mill Ridge Farm as its Financial and Administrative Manager.
“At Mill Ridge, I had the honor of working for Alice Headley Chandler, daughter of Keeneland founder Hal Price Headley,” Thomason said. “Through her I gained an appreciation and love of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred business that could only be taught by someone with her passion for the horse and for her beloved Keeneland. The opportunity to join Nick and his innovative team at Keeneland fulfills a lifelong dream. Keeneland is a special place, with such an important mission to the Thoroughbred industry around the world. Under Nick’s guidance, Keeneland has maintained the finest traditions of thoroughbred racing, as its mission demands, while leading the way in finding solutions to complex industry problems. It is exciting to be part of this special place that represents what is the best about Thoroughbred racing.”
According to the press release, some of Thomason’s other horse racing activities include long-time work with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders where he serves as assistant treasurer. He also was on the audit committee of the Breeders’ Cup, and was treasurer of the Thoroughbred Club of America.
Thomason is married to his wife, Barbara, and has three daughters, Marcie, Melissa and Laura.
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