TJ Bohannon: Mr. Bohannon has been around the standardbred industry for over 30 years. He has served as Director of Operations with an owner/breeding stable and is licensed as a owner and groom. He has been an investor with VIP Stables for several years. He has hands on experience with the Kelly O’Donnell and Jessica Millner stables, attended the USTA Driver/Trainer school and passed the written portion.
Mr. Bohannon is a CPA and a financial and risk management expert who has served on several boards. He is strong in business start ups, as well as, corporate governance and most recently served from 2013 to 2018 as Vice President of Model Governance and Controls for JPMorgan Chase (“JPMC”). He is the Founder of Equine Industry Development LLC, an organization focused on expanding the Standardbred Industry. Mr. Bohannon brings a wealth of organization experiences and a hands on approach with horses in his leadership role.
Bobbi Jo Martin: Ms. Martin has been in Harness Racing full-time for over 30 years. She was a Trainer for 20 years (1994-2013) and has over 575 wins and $2.8 Million in earnings. In 2012 she was voted the Western New York Trainer of the Year. Throughout her career she has worked in most capacities with horses, including as a Veterinarian’s Assistant. Ms. Martin brings a wealth of industry experiences and racing connections to share with the Board to help it prepare for racing operations.
Barbara Burns: Ms. Burns is an award winning entrepreneur, who has launched several businesses in life sciences and the service industries. She has been an ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ for the Opera Columbus and Diabetes Foundation of Collier County and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Barbara has owned several standardbreds, and is known most notably as a breeder. One of her top producing mares, is now the dam of a $1 million producing pacer. She brings a wealth of entrepreneurial and board member expertise to the NVSA.
John Martin: Mr. Martin has over 50 years as a Driver, Trainer, Owner and overall horseman. John has worked with hundreds of horses throughout the years and is a great storyteller of the life of harness racing. He has a special affection to training trotters. John brings a hands on expertise to building a family racing stable that has over 30 horses successfully competing at Northfield Park.
BOARD DIRECTOR (Appointed September 2019)
Andy Bryner: Andy is a former Vice President and Board Member of the Indiana Standardbred Association. He has served on various Committees including the Contract Committee and Backside Committee where he has worked closely with Management, Judges, Trainers and Drivers to problem solve and manage issues. Andy is very strong at promoting the benefits of Driver/Trainer pay structures. He adds value to the Board with his deep knowledge of track-association agreements.
Marty Allen, DVM: “Magic” Marty was raised in the Standardbred racing industry and understands the rigors and stresses of horses in extreme sports. He graduated from Colorado State University Veterinarian School (1994), and earned his Masters degree at the University of Illinois in 2001, where he performed his surgery residency and later was Associate Professor. We are thrilled to have his expertise and experience on the Advisory Committee and welcome his breadth of knowledge to the Team.