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Kevin Flanery
President, Churchill Downs Racetrack
Senior Vice President, Churchill Downs Incorporated

Kevin Flanery was named the 13th president of Churchill Downs Racetrack on July 13, 2009. He also serves as a senior vice president for Churchill Downs Incorporated.

Flanery joined Churchill Downs in December 2005 as vice president of national public affairs and was promoted to senior vice president of national public affairs and communications in March 2008.

During his career, Flanery held important state government posts. He served as secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from January 2001 to December 2002 and as deputy secretary of the Cabinet between June and December of 2000. In that role Flanery served as the Commonwealth’s chief financial and procurement officer and led the Office of Finance Management, which controls the Commonwealth’s debt and investment portfolio. Flanery also had oversight of the Department of Facilities Management, which designs, builds, operates and maintains state facilities. Part of his statutory responsibilities included serving as chairman of the Consensus Forecasting Group, which determines revenues available for appropriation by the governor and legislature of Kentucky.

Flanery’s experience in state government extends to Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet where between October 1996 and May 2000 he served as deputy secretary and legislative liaison. In that post, Flanery managed all administrative functions for the Transportation Cabinet and served as its primary legislative strategist. An attorney, Flanery also served as the Transportation Cabinet’s executive director for the Office of General Counsel between February and September of 1996 where he served as chief administrative and legal officer.

Prior to joining the Churchill Downs team, Flanery served as president and chief operating officer of Hagan Properties.

Flanery holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Bellarmine College and a juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Ryan J. Jordan
General Manager

Ryan Jordan was appointed General Manager of Churchill Downs Racetrack in March 2012 and assumed duties of a post once held by Col. Matt J. Winn, the legendary executive credited with leading the Louisville, Ky. track and its premier event, the Kentucky Derby, to their ongoing status as icons in the sports and entertainment worlds.

In his role as General Manager, Jordan oversees Churchill Downs’ frontside and backside operations, Racing Office staff and ticket fulfillment operations.

Jordan ascended to the post of General Manager after joining the racetrack staff in late 2010 as a vice president with a focus on operations and facilities issues. Previously he had served the track’s parent company, Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") as Vice President of Operations for the Churchill Downs Entertainment Group ("CDE"), a wholly owned subsidiary created to expand entertainment offerings at CDI properties and other locations throughout the country. He accepted the CDE post in June 2009.

Jordan headed CDE’s operations and logistical efforts behind HullabaLOU, a three-day music festival held primarily on concert stages in the Churchill Downs infield that attracted nearly 80,000 fans in the summer of 2010, and the Fork, Cork & Style wine and food festivals held later that year at Churchill Downs and Arlington Park.

Prior to joining CDE, Jordan worked for the PGA of America as the Championship Director of the PGA Championship. In that position, Jordan was responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the Championship, including marketing, sales, operations, volunteers and administration. Jordan held this position for the 2007 PGA Championship and Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. and the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.

Prior to his assignment at the 2007 PGA Championship, Jordan served as Operations Manager for the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club where he was responsible for all logistical plans and execution, including security, emergency management, vendor oversight, government relations, and construction.

Jordan’s first event with the PGA of America came at the 2001 PGA Championship. From there Jordan held various operations positions at many of golf’s major championships including the 2003 and 2002 PGA Championship, the 2002 U.S. Open Championship and the 2004 Ryder Cup.

A graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Jordan has spent his career in sports management, marketing and event operations.

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