|Longtime President/CEO Tommy Azopardi
Resigns from THP
The Texas Horsemen's Partnership's longtime
President/CEO Tommy Azopardi has resigned from his position with the organization
after 12 years of service to the horsemen and women of Texas.
For the last 12 years, Tommy has worked tirelessly to promote and protect
the interests of the horsemen and women in Texas, creating or helping
to create many programs and services along the way that have improved
conditions for THP members. Additionally, he has greatly improved the
visibility of the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership and the members it
represents on a national level. Below are a few examples of advancements
made by the THP under Azopardi's leadership:
The THP and its staff worked with InCompass Solutions to develop the
revolutionary Horsemen’s Bookkeeper System that allowed Texas horsemen
and women to take control of and properly monitor their purse funds. This
also brought the branch banking concept to THP members, who are now able
to use their Horsemen’s Bookkeeper account to monitor and manage
their financial activities related to horse racing in Texas. Since the
THP first launched the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper System, several other
state horsemen’s organizations have worked with InCompass to launch
the program in their states.
Also under Tommy’s leadership (not to mention the tireless work
of former TTHBPA Director Susan O’Hara, Groom Elite Executive Director
Reid McLellan, and others), the Groom Elite groom training program launched
and has grown from a Texas-only educational program into a successful
national educational program encompassing multiple levels of classes for
grooms and trainers at racetracks all over the United States. It has become
the standard for groom training in the horse racing industry.
Tommy is a great believer in the importance of communication, and this
website and The Texas Horsemen's News are just two examples of
how he endeavored to improve communication between the THP and its members.
He also strove to improve the THP’s communication and relationships
with other horsemen’s groups, the Texas racetracks, and the Texas
Racing Commission, among others.
The THP, its members, and staff have benefited greatly from Tommy’s
vision and leadership over the last dozen years, and his presence will
definitely be missed. We send him off with best wishes for the future.
The THP Board of Directors will conduct a search for the most qualified
candidate to fill the position.