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Scott Wells Named Lone Star GM

Industry veteran remains as GM at Remington Park.

September 14, 2013

Scott Wells

Scott Wells

Officials with Global Gaming Solutions recently announced Remington Park President and General Manager Scott Wells has been named as President and General Manager of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas. Along with Wells’ promotion, officials also made additional organizational changes at Lone Star Park, as well as at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

John Elliott, Global Gaming Solutions CEO, said the executive team shifts will combine a number of functions and opportunities that both properties offer each other, their employees and patrons, and the communities in which they operate.

“Scott has proven his management skills and leadership capabilities emulate the vision we have for both Remington Park and Lone Star Park,” said Elliott. “Those attributes along with Scott’s stellar reputation in the horse racing industry and his experience in Oklahoma and Texas will serve both properties well as we move forward. We are confident both venues will excel under his direction.”

Wells’ career in the horse racing industry spans 40 years, where he has served in many capacities at racetracks throughout North America. Wells, the son and grandson of noted horsemen, served as assistant trainer to two Hall of Famers in D. Wayne Lukas and Jack Van Berg, and trained horses himself in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, Wells began work at Remington Park in the press box. By 1993, he became assistant general manager at Hollywood Park and soon after served as general manager of Ruidoso Downs. From 1999 to 2005, while working for Lone Star Park, Wells was instrumental in the reopening of the Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City and oversaw the reopening of Maronas, the national racetrack of Uruguay. Wells returned to Remington Park in 2005 and led the track through construction of a casino and eventually through the transition to new ownership when Remington Park was acquired by Global Gaming Solutions in 2010. Additionally, Wells currently serves as Thoroughbred Racing Associations president, elected by the TRA board of directors in the spring of this year.

“I am honored to expand my role at Lone Star Park and with Global Gaming Solutions,” Wells said. “Having worked in both state’s racing industries, I have an understanding of the opportunities we have at both tracks, as well as the ways in which we can enhance the patron experience.”

In addition to Wells’ promotion, other Remington Park and Global Gaming Solutions executive team changes were announced. They include:
• Sharon Lair promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Communications of Remington Park
• Matt Vance promoted to Vice President of Racing and Wagering at Remington Park
• Tyler Johnson promoted to Vice President of Casino Operations at Remington Park
• Matt Jusko promoted to Director of Technology Services of Global Gaming Solutions

Sharon Lair of Edmond, OK, began her tenure at Remington Park in 1994 as Group Sales Director. In 2006, when the casino opened, Lair took over as Director of Marketing overseeing Club Remington, Group Sales, Sponsorship Sales, TV and Media, Advertising and promotions. Prior to Remington Park, Lair began her career in the hospitality industry as Regional Sales Director serving hotels in Wyoming and Utah for a multi franchise corporation based out of Denver, CO. Lair is a longstanding board member for the Oklahoma City Adventure District.

Matt Vance of Oklahoma City, OK, is the son of the first Vice-President and General Manager of Remington Park, David Vance. Matt worked in Hospitality at Remington Park from 1988 until 1996 when he left to pursue his passion of breeding and racing his own horses. Vance returned to Remington as Director of Operations in 2003 and worked closely with the states horsemen’s groups in coordinating legislation that brought gaming to Remington in 2005. Named Director of Business Development in 2007, Vance also founded Remington Park Dissemination Company (RPDC) that builds Off-Track-Betting operations in tribal casinos. RPDC has grown to eight sites across Oklahoma and is in negotiations with several out of state tribes to provide simulcast transmissions.

Tyler Johnson of Edmond, OK, a 2001 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration at Oklahoma City University. He began his career at Remington Park in 2001 with the IT Department, eventually becoming the Director of Information Technology in 2008. His instrumental role in Global Gaming Solution’s acquisition of Remington Park led to his promotion as Director of Operations in 2010. Additionally, Tyler was the guest speaker for the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program in 2011.

Matt Jusko of Mansfield, Texas, attended the University of Texas at Arlington and began his career in technology as a network consultant for Bristol Hotels and Resorts. In 1999, he took on the role of MIS Manager for Lone Star Park and was promoted to Director within his first year. During his 14 years with Lone Star, Matt’s responsibilities have included all aspects of the racetrack’s communications network and application systems. Highlights of his time with Lone Star include delivery of technical services and systems necessary for Lone Star Park to host the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Championships, which resulted in Lone Star being the first host track ever to provide ticketing service to Breeders’ Cup patrons online. Additionally, Matt led the design, implementation and installation of the communications infrastructure related to several site renovations, and has helped navigate Lone Star Park through multiple changes in ownership.

Elliott noted members of the executive team have 64 years of combined experience and have all been promoted from within previously at Remington Park and Lone Star Park.