The Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) today announced the appointment of Mr Garry Armstrong to the position of Chief Executive Officer with the Club.
Mr Armstrong comes to the RJC from Echuca, Victoria where he held the position of CEO with the Echuca Racing Club for almost four years.
This follows on from a similar position with the Tatura & Shepparton Race Club. Mr Armstrong’s extensive experience in the racing industry also includes previous roles as race club events and marketing manager, and club committee member.
RJC chairman Bill Ouston said he was very pleased to have Mr Armstrong accept the position.
"Garry comes highly recommended by sources within Racing Victoria and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in racing administration as well as events management," he said.
"Garry comes to the Club at an exciting time. With the RJC recently regaining control from Racing Queensland Limited of all racing and training functions at Callaghan Park we are looking to improve training facilities and grow that aspect of the business.
"Also the recently opened new member’s facility is attracting additional members to the club each week.
"This, combined with the increasing popularity of the facility for non-racing events such as weddings and conferences, gives us further opportunity for income to improve facilities at Callaghan Park for all industry participants."
Mr Armstrong said he believes in the importance of Club growth and generating positive working environments, an active involvement in the community whilst maintaining a positive presence and building a strong, robust working environment through the development of strong working relationships with the Club’s committee.
"My record of achievement in the racing industry is something that I am very proud of and I feel the time is right for me accept the next challenge. This position with the RJC is a great opportunity and I’m excited to be coming on board," Mr Armstrong said.
Outside of his racing interests Mr Armstrong is a keen fisherman. "I’ll be putting the winter woollies in storage in Victoria but I’ll certainly be bringing the fishing rods," he said.
Mr Armstrong will be commencing with the Club on December 3, 2012.