Orbann to Take New Role as Consultant for PNGI

Rich Orbann, president and chief operating officer of the racing division for Penn National Gaming Inc., will leave that post and instead become a consultant for the Pennsylvania-based company beginning May 7.

Orbann has served in his current post since 2001, at which time he entered into a three-year contract with PNGI. The new arrangement ensures continuity of the management of pari-mutuel racing operations through mid-2005, the company said in a release.

Orbann has more than 33 years in the business. He began his racing career in the early 1970s in the racing departments at racetracks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and has had responsibility over mutuels, publicity, and advertising at tracks including Atlantic City Race Course, Gulfstream Park, and Monmouth Park.

In 1989, Orbann was selected to oversee construction of Philadelphia Park's first off-track wagering facility, and he served as the project's liaison with state, county, and township. He also served as manager of the facility.

In 1991, Orbann was appointed general manager of Garden State Park, a position he held during his tenure as president of the defunct New Jersey track. Orbann was appointed president of Pennwood Racing Inc. in 1999 at the time PNGI and Philadelphia Park acquired Freehold Raceway in New Jersey.