Pierce in charge of ‘tote’ service

Aug 28, 2007 2:46 AM

Before Chairman Lorne Weil merged his Autotote Inc. with the country’s leading lottery instant ticket company, Scientific Games (SGMS), Brooks Pierce, a second-generation leader in the totalizator wagering business for racetracks, headed the company’s racing division.

Following the merger, Pierce, whose late father, James Pierce brought Autotote out of its doldrums to become the world’s most successful provider of wagering services, moved on to become Scientific Games’ vice president of corporate marketing.

Last week, Weil announced that Pierce had been promoted to a new position, president of Scientific Games Racing.

On another racing front, veteran racetrack executive Hal Handel announced he would leave his post with Greenwood Racing to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of the New York Racing Association effective Sept. 10.

During his career, Handel has been in charge of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition which operated both the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park racing enterprises. He left that post in 1998 to take charge of Greenwood Racing. He expanded his company’s involvement from Philadelphia Park to its New Jersey off-track wagering facilities and more recently helped organize the racino in Philadelphia.

Handel will have a two-year contract with NYRA and will replace Bill Nader who left the company to take a position with the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

And in another personnel matter, Harvey Reich has notified WMS Industries Inc. (WMS) that he will retire from his position on the company’s board of directors and will not seek re-election at the next annual meeting of the stockholders in December.