James W. Simms will serve as president and general manager of Miami Valley Gaming & Racing, a new facility being developed in southwestern Ohio's Warren County, it was announced Feb. 1.
Miami Valley Gaming & Racing is a joint venture of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment and Churchill Downs Incorporated.
Simms brings more than 15 years of executive experience in the gaming industry, according to a press release announcing his appointment. He will be responsible for all aspects of the new facility and will report to the Miami Valley Gaming & Racing board of managers.
Since 2008, Simms has served as president and general manager of Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino, and Racetrack in West Virginia, overseeing the conversion of Wheeling Island into a full casino.
Simms joined Delaware North in 2006 as vice president of marketing for Wheeling Island, overseeing marketing, player database and player development, sales, public relations, promotions, special events, and entertainment.