April 2, 2007
Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326
The Equibase Management Committee has appointed Hank Zeitlin president and chief operating officer of Equibase Company, succeeding Philip T. O’Hara Jr., who has resigned to pursue other opportunities in the Thoroughbred industry.
The announcement was made today by Alan Marzelli, the chairman and chief executive officer of Equibase, following an Equibase Management Committee board meeting.
“We are grateful for Phil’s contributions to the success of Equibase over the past three years and we will miss him on both a personal and professional level,” Marzelli said. “At the same time, few people know the history, the mission or the day-to-day operations of Equibase like Hank Zeitlin. The management committee is confident that he and his staff will continue to develop and execute business plans and initiatives that will enhance both the Thoroughbred industry and Equibase in the years ahead.”
O’Hara served in a variety of executive management positions in the industry before joining Equibase in April 2004. He plans to develop a private enterprise in the Thoroughbred racing industry.
“It has been a privilege to serve the Equibase partnership and work with the dedicated professionals associated with the company,” O’Hara said. “I’m very proud of our accomplishments over the past three years and expect Hank and his team to continue to deliver great results going forward.”
Zeitlin, who received a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA in marketing from the State University of New York at Albany, joined Equibase as vice president of marketing and sales in January 1998, following three years as chief executive officer of the Hammond Communications Group. He was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Equibase in January 2003.
In other news, the management committee announced that, for the first time in the history of the partnership, a regularly scheduled dividend of $1,000,000 had been approved and would be distributed to the partners.
“I don’t think anybody who was part of Equibase at the outset envisioned that it would enjoy the financial success that it does today,” Marzelli said. “The Equibase story serves as a constant reminder to the industry that we are capable of achieving success when we work together toward a common goal.”
Equibase Company is a partnership between The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America and serves as the Thoroughbred industry’s official database for racing information. Through its website, http://www.equibase.com, the company offers an ever-increasing menu of racing information and handicapping products for handicappers of all skill levels.
The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Jockey Club, is an industry leader in the areas of technology and information services for industry professionals, including owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians and farm personnel. TJCIS utilizes state-of-the-art technology to enhance the services it provides through equineline.com as well as its cataloguing and software sales and consulting divisions.