Staff

Kim Hankins, Executive Director

Kim Hankins has a strong pedigree in harness racing. His parents, Jack and Joyce, were the first couple inducted into the Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame. His maternal grandmother, Neva Burright, was an inaugural inductee into the Illinois Hall of Fame, and is as an “Immortal” in the Harness Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y.

Hankins operated a public stable in Chicago and on the Illinois stakes circuit for over 20 years. He campaigned national season’s champions Jubilee Triton and Tiny Laramie, and Illinois stakes winners Fire And Smoke, Dandy Randy, Indian Anna, and Sandy Jane. He also founded Hankins Standardbred Agency, a Standardbred marketing firm, which sold over $21 million worth of horses privately and at public auction for its clients. He also owned Illini Standardbred Sales, Ltd., Illinois’ premier yearling auction.

Kim served on the board of directors of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association for 12 years, with five terms as president and seven terms as vice president. He represented Illinois on the USTA Board for 12 years—including five years as chairman of the Driver/Trainer Committee—and chaired the industry-wide ad hoc Sulky Standardization Committee.

He served as a paddock, placing and patrol judge at the Chicago tracks before moving to California to serve as executive director of the California Harness Horsemen’s Association for three years before heading east to join the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association as Executive Director.

Currently, he also serves as the First Vice President of Harness Horsemen’s International and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association.

Kim has two adult children, Joshua Hankins and Neva Hankins.

 

Jonnie Belfiore, Executive Assistant

Tasha McCormick, Marketing Director

Tasha McCormick has spent more than 25 years promoting and marketing harness racing prior to accepting the position at the MSOA. She will also lead promotions, loyalty and rewards programs for the MSOA.

McCormick began her career in off-track betting at Ladbrokes and was promoted numerous times, eventually serving as General Manager of the Moon and West Mifflin locations. She became the Racing Rewards Manager for Meadows Racing in 2007 and eventually served as Interim Director of Racing then Racing Services Manager.