OFFICERS & STAFF

Corporate Office: Prospect, Kentucky

Nelson E. Clemmens, founder and Chief Executive Officer, has been a Kentucky- and New York-based owner/breeder, is involved with the Kentucky HBPA and other Thoroughbred industry organizations and is committed to improving the future viability of Thoroughbred racing. His career is rooted in corporate finance/investment banking with GE Capital and Pine South Capital, the latter of which he founded in 1986. He also is or has been an owner and investor in health care, service, technology and software, manufacturing, and distribution companies. He graduated from Stetson University with a degree in Finance and received his MBA from Western Kentucky University. He has served as a Trustee of Stetson University and is an advisor to the Kentucky HBPA.

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Erradame "Papo" Morales, Simulcast Director/Program Coordinator, is an avid Thoroughbred racing fan/handicapper and experienced equestrian. His professional career includes positions in retail management, corporate financial sales and lending, statistical analysis and banking. Prior to joining AmWest, he held positions in various capacities, including operational management, financial lending with the CIT Group and personal banking with Old National Bank. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Tampa and holds an Equine Business Degree from the University of Louisville. He also co-published a research analysis on Thoroughbred breeding.

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Cynthia Ochsner, Chief Financial Officer, has extensive experience in operational management in public and private companies. Her background includes financial management, budgeting, inventory control, customer service and human resource management. Before joining AmWest, she held positions with a worldwide professional service provider and news reporting agency. She also has extensive involvement with financial reporting and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

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Jason Martin, IT Director, Jason Martin brings a wealth of experience in the industry to his new position as IT Director at AmWager. Jason started his career as a terminal technician in 1999 and has worked in nearly every IT-related position in the pari-mutuel industry. Martin has been a tote operator, mutuels, systems administrator and software developer. He has also designed and deployed various pari-mutuel software systems and wagering platforms, including for international markets. Martin was a Technical Support Supervisor who helped diagnose and solve hardware and software issues worldwide for United Tote. He also worked closely with research and development.

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Marisa Richardson, Office Administrator, is an accomplished equestrian and devoted owner to her retired Thoroughbred and former three-day eventing partner. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. In addition to her career with AmWest Entertainment, she holds an adjunct instructor position at Jefferson Community and Technical College where she teaches business administration.

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Operations Office: Portland, Oregon

Randy Boden, Chief Operating Officer, began his career in the pari-mutuel industry in 1992. He has held various management positions in the industry, including Field Operations Director, Simulcast Coordinator, racetrack Mutuel Manager, and Service Manager for high volume players. He has a strong technical background and also has advised on the construction and design of OTB and racetrack facilities. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State College.

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Rhonda Hiatt, Manager of Race Day Control and Site Coordinator, has over 25 years experience in the pari-mutuel industry. She began her career as a manager in charitable gaming before becoming a teller in high volume account wagering.  Since then, she has specialized in assisting with the establishment of new domestic and international simulcast facilities, with her duties including training tellers and working with management to develop money room procedures, setting up satellite and communications equipment and creating programs. She also has served as a manager in high volume account wagering.

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Mark Bryant, Managing Director - AmServices, began his career in Las Vegas in 1983, hand writing tickets in a Las Vegas Racebook and has over 30 years of experience in the gaming industry. Among his resume highlights are multiple stints as a Race and Sports Book Manager for two separate Las Vegas Properties as well as being a supervisor in the ADW industry. An enthusiastic horse racing follower who loves to deal with all volumes of players, he has a solid base of knowledge of computers and funding mechanisms. Born and raised in the suburbs of Portland, he is a proud alumnus of the University of Oregon.

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Support Services

Brien Shea, Marketing Consultant and Digital Marketing Coordinator, has over 20 years experience in both offline and online marketing. Owner of CI Media, an internet marketing and consulting entreprenurial firm, he has managed the development of a variety of national and international platforms, in addition to the implementation of national marketing initiatives. A former professional sports writer with over 1000 bylines to his credit, Brien was also a Press Information Officer at the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Ga. His family has a deep history in Thoroughbred Racing and he is currently working on a screenplay about his beloved great uncle Roscoe Goose, who rode 1913 Kentucky Derby winner Donerail, the longest shot (91-1) to ever win the Derby.

 


Advisors

Joel B. Turner, Corporate Counsel
Frost Brown Todd
400 West Market Street, Floor 32
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
(502) 589-5400

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Richard Yuvienco, Business Banking
Wells Fargo Oregon Specialty Markets
1300 SW Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor
Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 886-1416

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Auditors

Dean Dorton,
106 West Vine Street, Suite 600
(859) 255-2341
www.deandorton.com

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