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She is dedicated to giving Senior Leadership, Supervisors and Managers everything that they need to create a coaching environment where frontline team members feel completely supported by their leaders. She has worked for her Tribal property, 7 Cedars Resort, for the last 20 years as the Retail Manager, adding Guest Service Manager to her resume for the last eight years.
There, she successfully set the strategic training direction for Leaders and more than employees. Paula retired from retail so that she could devote her time to leadership and guest service programs.
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Bill will lead a team of IT professionals in support of Raving client initiatives. Her focus was training and coaching new hires. During this time, she helped create several departmental training manuals, as well as employee incentive programs. Her career has taken her to Colorado, Oklahoma and Mississippi, before joining Raving as a Partner in Some of her accomplishments include: During her tenure with the Chickasaw Nation, she became involved with all aspects of marketing and expanded her experience in Hotel Management, system install, and auditing and gaming regulations, including consulting with Global Gaming Solutions.
With her rich experience, she provides Raving clients with continued support and training in the practical skills of marketing, promotions, special events, entertainment, hotel, table games and player development. Lorrie has grown with an industry where direct mail is still king, but technology requires multi-level campaigns and the knowledge to execute precisely, and at a competitive cost. With rising postal fees and ever-changing requirements, casino clients can spend a lot more on their direct mail than they need to.
Lorrie and her team are experts in customized, variable, direct mail printing — and follow the strictest of security protocols with their client databases. Lorrie and her staff recognize the need to integrate postal mail with email and developed automated triggered direct mail and email programs. She has been instrumental in building successful teams that have impacted gaming organizations across the globe.
Contact Amy Kell Houston, Senior Raving Partner, Gaming Entertainment Raving has worked with Kell since , and throughout the years, we have not only valued his friendship, but his integrity. That combined with his gaming savvy approach to utilizing entertainment as a tool to drive folks to the casino floor, makes him a perfect fit for Raving clients. Houston Productions is a proven industry leader in casino entertainment buying and consulting. Houston has worked in all aspects of the entertainment industry over the past 30 years, focusing for the last 15 years on Indian Gaming.
Contact Kell Deb Hilgeman, Ph. Deb always recognized the value of market research and incorporated it into her work with clients and casinos. She took that to the highest level by earning her Ph. In and again in , this research was chosen by the American Marketing Association as one of the top research papers submitted internationally.
Deb uses her extensive research knowledge and qualifications, combined with her casino marketing management experience, to deliver superior market research including property comparisons with competitors on promotions, entertainment, reinvestment and loyalty as well as all levels of guest research, focus groups and surveys. His insights on performance help casino management and tribal leaders make strategic decisions.
Through his nearly three decades of working within the gaming industry, he is an expert in integrating the many financial systems unique to the gaming industry. Honestly, it is very depressing when the Jug is over because I will have to live another days before the next one. I always say to myself, I hope I make it another year. I look forward to a lot fun Gural has been an owner and breeder of horses for over 35 years. In , he had 35 mares and 25 yearlings. Cass and David Stolz.
We have a great time. Gural also has raced horses in the Old Oaken Bucket and the Buckette, three-year-old stakes for trotting colts and fillies. Gural was elected to the little Brown Jug Society board of directors in Gural has also received the Proximity Award from the U.
Van Lennep Award from the Hambletonian Society. Jeffrey is also the chairman of Newmark Knight Frank, a full service commercial and industrial real estate management firm. Jeffrey and wife Paula, who live in Manhattan, have three children and six grandchildren.
Heat racing is the most exciting racing there is. Spears grew up in Reynoldsville, PA, a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania. The former amateur driver was also the first president of the Billings Amateur Driving Association. Spears and wife Josephine have been attending the Delaware Grand Circuit for many years. Spears lives in Hanover, PA but also owns land in Orangeville, PA which has a creek for fly casting and a woods for deer hunting.
Now, 42 years later, he was selected as the Wall of Fame honoree by a panel of national and international harness racing enthusiasts. Terry will be officially inducted and presented a commemorative gold ring at the Mayor's Breakfast to be held at the Hospitality Pavilion at the Fairgrounds on the morning of September 22, the date of the Jugette Pace.
The breakfast will get underway at 7 a. I am extremely honored to be associated with the past Wall of Fame honorees, said Terry. When I look at the accomplishments of those past winners, I am humbled to think that I should be considered with them. I am a lucky guy to be involved with the Little Brown Jug. It has opened many doors. Tom and Phil approached us in to take over the sponsorship of the Magical Mike Pace.
That first year Ponder set a World record of 1: The contract prohibited us from using the name Winfield, so we shortened it to Win and then used the names of our three kids, Bradley, Ashley and Kimberly to complete the name Winbak," explained Thomson.
Glen Brown, owner of the Little Brown Jug winner Fan Hanover, is the 24th Little Brown Jug honoree as selected by a panel of national and international harness racing enthusiasts. Brown will be officially inducted and presented a commemorative gold ring at the Mayor's Breakfast to be held in the Hospitality Pavilion at the fairgrounds on the morning of September 17th, the date of the Jugette Pace. I am quite honored, said Dr. I am very surprised.
I did not expect such an honor. Siegel who breeds and owns Standardbreds with wife Arlene, was elected by a panel of harness racing experts. My wife and I bring guests to Delaware each year who are not even involved in harness racing and they enjoy the racing as much as we do. Everything about Delaware is a credit to the sport. The Siegel's campaigned each of those four stallions.
The Toronto, Ontario native was elected by a panel of national and international harness racing enthusiasts and is the sixth Canadian to be honored. Waples will be officially inducted and presented a commemorative gold ring at the Little Brown Jug breakfast at Ohio Wesleyan University's Hamilton-Williams center on the morning of September 20th, the date of the 36th Jugette Filly Pace.
This is quite an honor to be elected to the Wall of Fame. My goal was always to win the Little Brown Jug. Harness Writers' President's Award. Beissinger's list of horses is a "who's who" of the trotting sport including Triple Crown winner Lindy's Pride; the Hambletonian winner Speedy Crown; and Hambletonian winner Speedy Somolli.
He also recorded 11 stakes victories at Delaware including Little Brown Jug elimination heat winner Temujin. In Harness, an industry trade publication.
Lachance has won nearly every major stakes race in North America, including three Hambletonian finals and 21 Breeders' Crown events. He also captured Jug glory with magical Mike and Western Dreamer Lachance has visited the Delaware County Fairgrounds winner's circle a record thirteen times in 42 jug starts. The Xenia, Ohio native has announced more than , races on three continents and in September will call his 34th Little Brown Jug.
There is nothing that George Segal likes to do better than breed and race Standardbreds. For nearly a quarter of a century he has immersed himself in the sport he learned to love as a young man growing up in the New York City borough of Queens. George's credits are amazing! Bowen, who was director of special events for the Delaware County Fair through , had been associated with the Little Brown Jug since During his tenure, Charlie had been largely responsible for raising the necessary funding of the new paddock, log cabin, hospitality pavilion and the latest project, the Little Brown Jug Horse Barn.
But John Campbell showed that first impressions aren't always accurate. Twenty-five years after driving in his first Little Brown Jug, Campbell is, without question, the dominant figure of his sport. The season saw Campbell capture the North American money-winning title for the 12th time overall, and the ninth time in 10 years. When Campbell's regular ride, David's Pass, had his season cut short by injury, Campbell picked up the reigns of Nick's Fantasy.
In the Brown Jug - their first race together - all Campbell did was bring the 3-year-old gelding home in a race-record time of 1: That win followed Jug triumphs in with Life Sign, and with Merger. Although Campbell has driven many champions in his career, his accomplishments behind a trio of trotters are his most noteworthy. Campbell has come so far so fast - he already is in the Harness Hall of Fame - but he hasn't forgotten harness racing's rich traditions. And nowhere does that mean more than at Delaware.