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TWO TRAILBLAZERS, INCLUDING ESG PRESIDENT/CEO RAYMOND DANIELS, MAKING NOISE IN THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY BY MOVING MORE AFRICAN-AMERICANS FROM THE GRANDSTAND INTO THE THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
April 28, 2021 – Ray Daniels and Greg Harbut have formed an organization, the Ed Brown Society, to promote and educate African American participation in a sport where they were once the majority. Harbut and Daniels say their purpose is to “create workforce development and retain those people in the state of Kentucky the horse racing business is a multi-billion dollar business a year and we want to create awareness and opportunity to young people of color.” The Ed Brown Society wants to focus on educating students, showing them the many jobs they can have in the industry. Maybe it could move a fan from the grandstands to a buyer to an owner in the winner’s circle. “You gotta take young folks out to horse farms so they can see it for themselves and actually get hands-on and expertise about the work that goes on at a horse farm,” Daniels said. “We hope to expose them to it and let them know that these are really well-paid jobs.”
CHURCHILL DOWNS’ “CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE” KENTUCKY DERBY TIE-IN EVENT FEATURES ESG PRESIDENT/CEO
April 27, 2021 – As one of two African-American owners of 2020 Derby runner Necker Island, Raymond Daniels to participate in “Champions for Change”. Part of Champions Day, the annual event highlights the history of the Kentucky Derby and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. This year, as part of an industry-wide commitment to increasing diversity and inclusivity in the sport of horse racing, the day will celebrate Black Horsemen in Thoroughbred racing and feature partner organizations whose mission supports equitable opportunities in racing.
LOCAL MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS SEES SUCCESS AMID GLOBAL DOWNTURN
January 11, 2021 – Equity Solutions Group (ESG), a Lexington, KY-based certified minority-owned business, announced today the results of their successful multi-year engagement by MacLellan Integrated Services. ESG provides third party procurement support services, including automation of the entire purchasing cycle, through experienced people, proven strategic sourcing processes and a proprietary technology platform. The company also offers a ready-to-go catalog delivering immediate savings and the technology to access it, compatible with any existing procurement software a customer may be using. And, as a certified minority-owned supplier, all goods and services provided by ESG serve to increase Tier 1 diverse spend.
RAYMOND DANIELS, ESG PRESIDENT AND CEO, SPEAKS AT “TRUTH TO POWER” PANEL PRESENTED BY THE RACING BIZ
February 26, 2021 – The Thoroughbred industry needs to do more – much more – to reach out to, attract, and welcome women, people of color, and other minorities if it wants to thrive in the future. That was the general consensus of participants in “Truth to Power” panel presented by The Racing Biz.
RAYMOND DANIELS, ESG PRESIDENT AND CEO, APPPOINTED BY GOVERNOR TO UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
September 9, 2020 – Gov. Beshear has appointed Ron Geoghegan and Raymond Daniels as members of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. Gov. Beshear has also reappointed Robert Vance.