New challenge for ‘Hutch’

Jul 27, 2004 6:06 AM

Bill Hutchinson, longtime general manager of Flagler Greyhound Park in Miami, Fla., and one of the most respected officials in the greyhound racing industry, has joined Teleview Racing Patrol, Inc., a provider of television and video patrol services.

In his new position as general manager, Hutchinson also will be assistant to the president, Ron Sellitto.

He leaves his post as vice president of the Hecht Family’s racing operations, known as Southwest Florida Enterprises Inc.

During his years with Flagler, and as an official with Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Park, Hutchinson was an influential force with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association. He also was well known among the casino race book operators in Las Vegas for his role in assisting them in the development of dog racing simulcasting. He has been involved in the pari-mutuel industry for the past 34 years.

Hutchinson said that leaving Flagler was a difficult decision, "But this opportunity was too attractive and exciting."

Barry Schwartz, co-founder with Calvin Klein of one of the country’s largest clothing companies and more recently CEO of the N.Y. Racing Association, is expected to be replaced as head of New York’s three major thoroughbred tracks beginning Sept. 1 by Tim Smith, commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. The changes are expected to be announced before the end of the month.

In Pennsylvania, the legislative leadership has appointed two members of the newly-created state gambling commission. They are Joseph W. Marshall III, chairman and CEO of the Temple University Health System, and Atty. Bill Conaboy, general counsel and corporate compliance officer for Allied Services non-profit health care provider.

Argosy Gaming Company (AGY) has announced the promotion of Michele Wimpling as vice president of development. She has been with the company since 2003.