Baldwin will continue to serve as Southland Park and Delaware North adviser and community representative
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (July 12, 2007) – Barry Baldwin is set to retire this month as president of Southland Park Gaming & Racing but will continue to serve the facility and its parent company, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, as an adviser and as a representative to the West Memphis community.
Baldwin, who has worked in pari-mutuel racing at Delaware North facilities for 40 years, became general manager of Southland Park in 1995. In 2006, he was named Southland Park’s first president, a post that new general manager Troy Keeping will assume.
Keeping said he will continue to consult with Baldwin regarding the more than 50-year-old racing venue, which added 810 games of skill, other amenities, and more than 225 employees – it now employs 550 – with last year’s $40 million expansion and renovation. Baldwin will also remain an integral part of Southland Park’s community presence, Keeping said.
“Barry will continue to provide valuable insights as we work to enhance Southland Park as a significant regional entertainment destination,” said Keeping, who came to Southland Park in May after managing the Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Ind., and holding executive positions at a number of other casinos.
“We are also increasing our already significant level of involvement assisting the West Memphis community, and Barry will be important to that effort,” Keeping said.
In addition, because of his experience, expertise and notoriety in pari-mutuel racing, Baldwin will serve as an adviser to Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment and its other gaming and racing facilities.
“I’m grateful to Delaware North for giving me so many opportunities over the years to be a part of this industry,” Baldwin said. “Now I can continue to help Southland Park and the community here in West Memphis while still having more time for me and my family.”
Baldwin began his career in 1958 as a young helper at the Black Hills Kennel Club in Rapid City, S.D. Committed to climbing his way to the top, Baldwin grew his career as a lead-out, patrol judge, kennel master, scale clerk, chart writer, public relations assistant and, finally, assistant racing secretary for American Greyhound Racing Inc. At age 22, Baldwin was the youngest racing secretary in the history of racing and served in the capacity for 20 years.
In 1991, Baldwin was promoted to general manager of Apache Greyhound Park in Apache Junction, Ariz.
As a committed member of the West Memphis community and an active advocate in the gaming industry, Baldwin also serves as the director of the American Greyhound Track Operations Association and the director of the Greyhound Hall of Fame board of directors.
Previously, Baldwin served as executive vice president of the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Good Neighbor Center board of directors and director of the Mid-South Community College Foundation. He is also a recent recipient of Delaware North Companies’ Genevieve Jacobs Award for Community Service. Baldwin and his wife, Janie, have two daughters, Stephanie and Tiffany.
About Southland Park Gaming & Racing
Southland Park Gaming & Racing has been a major racing venue for more than 50 years and now also features 810 electronic games of skill, including video poker, as well as an upscale buffet restaurant, sports bar, and 450-seat event center. Southland Park has long been a pivotal fixture of the West Memphis community, strongly supporting the community with jobs, business stability, and economic contributions. It has consistently won awards for its outstanding community service, including millions of dollars donated to neighborhood charities and educational institutions. Southland Park is owned and operated by Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment. www.southlandgreyhound.com