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. In order to gain more hands on experience, Mr. Bohannon has volunteered time over the past three years with Kelly O’Donnell and Jessica Millner’s stables respectively. In May of 2018 he attended the USTA Driver/Trainer school, passing the written portion and as time permits is addressing the practical test and plans to participate in amateur races in the future.
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:). During his tenure at JPMC he led a team that helped solve several risk management elements of a Trading Consent Order, on time, while improving stakeholder value. 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. Ms Burns 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. Ms. Burns 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. He 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. Mr. Martin brings a hands on expertise to building a family racing stable that has over 30 horses successfully competing at Northfield Park.