|Andrea Young Appointed President at Chief
Operating Officer for Sam Houston & Valley Race Park
Inc., parent company of Sam Houston Race Park, has announced the promotion
of Andrea Young as President and Chief Operating Officer for The Park
as well as Valley Race Park. In addition, Young will join the company’s
Board of Directors.
Young, who previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Sam Houston
Race Park, will assume similar duties at Valley Race Park effective immediately.
Young’s duties include the oversight of all day-to-day operating
activities for both companies, including revenue and sales growth; expense,
cost and margin control; monthly, quarterly and annual financial goal
management; racing, facility operations, sales, marketing, human resources
and business administration. Young will also establish and maintain performance
goals, allocate resources and assess policies for senior management.
Young was first hired in 2007 and has seen considerable success since
joining the Houston horse track.
“Our primary goal has been to establish ourselves as a one of
the premier destinations for horse racing in the state of Texas,”
said Young. “And with the addition of our newest venue, The Showgrounds,
we have also positioned our company as a leader in Houston entertainment.
I am pleased with our progress and excited about the opportunity to reach
all of our goals in the years to come.”
Shawn Hurwitz, President of MAXXAM Inc. and The Park’s CEO, commented,
“Much has changed at Sam Houston Race Park since April 2007. Our
customers are happier and our employees are working in a more energized
environment. This is a result of great leadership by Andrea.”
Valley Race Park is home to greyhound racing and year-round Thoroughbred,
Quarter Horse and greyhound simulcasting. Under the ownership of Sam Houston
Race Park, Valley Race Park was re-opened in 2000, and has strived to
become the best entertainment value in the region. The park provides the
community with several hundred jobs and is a significant contributor to
the city of Harlingen.
Prior to joining Sam Houston Race Park, Young served as President and
CEO of The Houston Comets (WNBA) for almost two years. Young moved to
Houston in 2000, to join the Houston Rockets organization where she was
a key member of the team responsible for the development, design, construction
and opening of Toyota Center. While with the Rockets, she also served
as Director of Event Marketing and Booking where she was responsible for
attracting and marketing events at the new facility including concerts,
family shows and other special events including the 2006 NBA All Star
In addition to her responsibilities at Sam Houston Race Park, Young
serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Incorporated of Houston and
the Executive Women’s Partnership.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Young began her career in sports
and entertainment with the Tennessee Titans in media relations. Young
lives in Houston with her husband, John, and their young son.