FTBOA Elects Officers, Talks Strategy

The Florida organization's annual meeting was held Nov. 6.

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association Nov. 6 elected officers and outlined its strategy for 2014.

After the annual meeting, at which the results of an election for the board of directors were announced, the board selected George Russell as president, Brent Fernung as first vice president, Phil Matthews as second vice president, Sheila DiMare as secretary, and Fred Brei as treasurer.

Those elected to the board are George Isaacs, Roy Lerman, Jessica Steinbrenner, and Charlotte Weber.

The organization in a release said that in 2014 it will "continue to push for a cooperative racing schedule in South Florida to help resolve the ongoing issue of racing dates overlap." The FTBOA also said it has "identified opportunities seeking new streams of revenue for owners and breeders," and would like to see Thoroughbred racing in Ocala, where it is based.

"The annual meeting was a great opportunity to focus on the issues facing the industry, to discuss goals and share strategy to make the most impact in our industry and for our membership," said Lonny Powell, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the FTBOA. "At my first annual member meeting that I presided over a year ago, I promised our folks that the next time we met for an annual meeting that it was going to be very important to me to lead FTBOA into looking forward and dealing head-on with industry issues and opportunities.

"I also pledged that we'd work hard during that year to instill in our membership and association a greater sense of confidence, trust, and empowerment. I am so proud and impressed by how enthusiastically our membership accepted and supported this vision and rallying around FTBOA and our industry priorities, challenges, opportunities, and goals. This meeting was one of the most impactful and unifying in our organization's history."

The FTBOA said its 2014 membership fee will be $100, with no late fee. The organization said the increase in dues was necessary because it hadn't changed in 20 years, but operating costs have increased during that period.