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District 7

Barry Brown
Biography
Barry Brown
Barry Brown
Barry Brown is the director of racing operations at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. Brown joined the Harrah’s Philadelphia team in June 2006 as the operations/simulcast manager, a position he held until his promotion in early 2009. Among his responsibilities were the development of the track’s vast simulcast network, the introduction of a players’ reward program linking racing and gaming customers, and supervision of all internal and external racing guest services. In his current role, Brown oversees all racing initiatives at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Brown received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) in 1988, and graduated from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program in 1993. Later that year, he became the assistant marketing and publicity director at Freehold Raceway, and, over the course of the next 11 years, assumed duties as director of simulcasting and assistant racing manager. In that role, he oversaw all facility operations and directed advertising, special events, and promotions. Prior to his Freehold stint, Brown worked for two summers (1992-1993) as a marketing/simulcast intern at the Meadowlands. Brown and his wife, Michelle, reside in Cherry Hill, N.J., with their son, Ross.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
1001 Harrah’s Boulevard
Chester, PA 19013
Phone: 484-490-1770  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2020 (Track Director)

Rich Gillock
Biography
Rich Gillock
Rich Gillock
Rich Gillock learned the racing business from his grandfather, Mike, and has been around The Meadows since it opened in 1963. He earned his trainer’s license at the age of 18 in 1974 and has been one of the track’s leading conditioners for four decades. Some of his top performers remain on the list of the track’s all-time greatest horses: Amber’s Will, Miller’s Aussie, Northwest, Junket, Jet Pace, Execujet, Yankee Bart, Encore Encore, Break The Bank K and Winning Mister. Currently, he trains a stable of 40. He has been involved with the MSOA for more than 20 years, joining the board of directors in 1994. He is serving as the group’s president for the second time. The Belle Vernon, Pa., native has raced throughout North America, but has based his operation at The Meadows throughout his career, supporting not only Pennsylvania’s pari-mutuel tracks, but the fair circuit as well. His brother, Mike, is also an active owner/trainer/driver, as is his nephew, Mike Sutton. He and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Cami and Christine.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
452 Harmony Church Rd
Belle Vernon, PA 15012
Phone: 724-986-6848 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2020 (Membership Director)

Tom Leasure
Biography
Tom Leasure
Tom Leasure
Tom Leasure is currently the Racing Secretary at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, Pa. Leasure has been involved in harness racing for 45 years, starting as a groom, then as a trainer. In 1983 he started working at The Meadows as Assistant Race Secretary. In 1984 and 1985 was the Racing Secretary at Lakeshore Meadows in Erie, Pa. In 1986 he was named Racing Secretary at The Meadows. He has been a member of the North American Harness Racing Secretaries since 1986 and severed as president in 1998-’99. Leasure is a 1973 graduate of Woodsfield High School. He has been married to his wife, Michelle, for 35 years. They have two children: daughter, Thomasina, and son, Kaleb.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
734 Vanceville Rd
Eighty-Four, PA 15330
Phone: 412-223-9217 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2020 (Track Director)

Russell C. Williams
Biography
Russell C. Williams
Russell C. Williams
Russell Williams is president of the USTA, president/CEO of Hanover Shoe Farms, and chairman of the board of Standardbred Horse Sales Co. Williams has spent his entire life in the sport. Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Richmond. Serves as a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum and the Hanover Foundation for Excellence in Education. President of the Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation. Member of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Lives in Hanover, Pa., with his spouse, David Schaefer.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
PO Box 339, 2310 Hanover Pike
Hanover, PA 17331
Phone: 717-637-8931 - Fax: 717-637-6766 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Membership Director)

Sam A. Beegle
Biography
Sam A. Beegle
Sam A. Beegle
Sam Beegle is chairman of USTA District 7, and an owner, trainer and driver with more than 45 years of experience. He was a driving force in the development of Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, and also in bringing off-track wagering to Pennsylvania. Among the top horses he has been associated with are Gabby Glide, First Rate and Arctic Warrior. He currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association and is a member of the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition. Beegle and his wife, Kathy, have three children, Paul, Beth and Jason, and five grandsons, Tim, Nicholas, Dakota, Logan and Jace.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
3628 E Newport Rd.
Gordonville, PA 17529
Phone: 717-768-0379 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2022 (Membership Director)