Edited Churchill Downs press release
Lee Ann Shellman, who since 2003 has served as senior director of premium seating at Churchill Downs, is leaving the Louisville, Ky., racetrack. Her final day will be Dec. 31.
Shellman joined Churchill in October 1988, and over her 20-year tenure with the racetrack, supervised the ticketing of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and assisted the Breeders’ Cup team with six editions of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships held at Churchill. She also oversaw the successful implementation of the Personal Seat Licensing program, managed the Turf Club, and introduced additional membership opportunities for the Turf Club appealing to younger professionals.
“Leaving Churchill Downs was not an easy decision, as I’ve truly enjoyed my time here,” Shellman said. “I’m grateful to have spent over half my life working for Churchill, and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. Although I will miss the thrill of Derby each year, I’m looking forward to a relaxing break and embracing new experiences and opportunities down the road.”
Churchill Downs has begun the process to identify Shellman’s successor. She will assist with the transition to ensure a smooth customer experience.
“Lee Ann has been a Churchill Downs fixture and we will certainly miss her experience and guidance,” said Kevin Flanery, senior vice president of Churchill Downs. “For many years, she has accomplished the outstanding feat of overseeing premium seating responsibilities for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), where demand far exceeds supply. We are very grateful to Lee Ann for her significant contributions over the years, and we wish her the best going forward.”