Harness Horsemen International
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2017 HHI Annual Meeting
The HHI Annual Meeting was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2017.
2016 HHI Annual Meeting
Keynote speaker Dr. Mary Robinson, of the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, Chester, PA enlightened members in attendance on March 8 about medication issues facing horsemen, followed by Mike Tanner, USTA Executive Vice President, commenting on the state of the industry. HHI association members then continued discussions on issues pertaining to insurance, finance, legal, convention and scholarship.
The March 9 session included a presentation from Joe Pennachio, President & Executive Director of Florida’s S.B.O.A., who discussed “de-coupling,” an issue which recently threatened the existence of harness racing in the Sunshine State.
HHI members voted to meet in Las Vegas in 2017, along with the USTA and US Harness Writers Association annual meetings. HHI elections then ensued.
Re-elected to serve new three-year terms to the HHI board are President Tom Luchento (SBOANJ); Kim Hankins (Meadows HHA) as First Vice President; Tony Somone (Illinois HHA) as Second Vice President; Mike Izzo (PHHA) as Treasurer; and Sal DiMario (DSOA) as Secretary.
Gene Oldford, HHI past president was named the 2014 HHI Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year for his continued dedication to the organization.
Tim Powers (Maine HHA) and Gabe Prewitt (Kentucky HHA) were both re-elected to one-year terms as At-Large Directors, as were Peter Maranari (PHHA) and Andrew Markano (DSOA), who replace retiring directors Ron Battoni (PHHA) and Jerry Knappenberger (OHHA). Both Battoni and Knappenberger were honored as HHI Directors Emeritus via unanimous vote for their many years of service to the organization.
USTA Executive Vice President Mike Tanner, PHHA’s retiring Executive Director Ron Battoni and Harness Racing Communication’s Ken Weingartner were honored at HHI’s annual awards luncheon that afternoon. Tanner was presented with the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year Award; Battoni the HHI Appreciation Award; and Weingartner the Clyde Hirt Media Award.