Sharon O'Bryan, notified NTRA she will not take wagering security position.

Sharon O'Bryan, notified NTRA she will not take wagering security position.


NTRA Security Chief Begs Off Before Starting Job

Sharon O'Bryan was expected to take over as director of the National Office of Wagering Security in April, but has notified the National Thoroughbred Racing Association she's not coming to work for the organization after all.

O'Bryan was hired by the NTRA board of directors Feb. 26. In a March 1 interview with The Blood Horse, O'Bryan, former senior vice president and head of technology risk management for international banking company ABN AMRO, said she planned to spend the next few months "meeting with the right people and catching up on work to date."

In a prepared statement released March 24, NTRA deputy commissioner Greg Avioli said "current consulting clients" will keep O'Bryan in her current position. He said the NTRA is disappointed but accepts the decision.

"In the interim, the national office will continue the development of national uniform security standards and other steps recommended by the Wagering Technology Working Group," Avioli said in the release. "While the search process for director's position has taken longer than we expected, fortunately, there are several qualified candidates and consulting resources from which to draw as we move forward."

O'Bryan was hired to assess the industry's security systems and recommend cost-efficient methods for improvements.

Avioli will discuss the industry's security policies at the joint convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International and North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association April 2-3 in New Orleans, La.