MADISON, Ill. (Dec. 17) – Matthew A. Strelo, who brings a wealth of experience and success from several corners of the sporting world, has been named new Vice President and General Manager at Gateway International Raceway.
Denis McGlynn, President and CEO of Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc. – which owns and operates Gateway
– made the announcement of the hiring today, as Strelo
replaces Brian Ulione, who resigned the post on Nov. 20.
"It is very rare to be able to find an individual like Matt
, who has such an extensive background in sports management and promotion, and a record of success everywhere he has been," McGlynn said.
"In our discussions, what struck us most is that Matt
has always been about three things: Bringing new fans to the seats, attracting new corporate partners and showing them a great time once they're here.That's what we're all about at Gateway, and Dover Downs Entertainment
, and that's why we know he'll be a great fit here."Strelo, 36, comes to Gateway after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.
"Gateway is a fabulous facility and this is a tremendous opportunity," Strelo
said."With the popularity of all forms of motorsports in our country today, I look forward to showcasing Gateway – one of the most versatile facilities in the motorsports industry – to the fans of this region."
two seasons in Las Vegas, he
oversaw the team as it changed its name (from the Stars), its affiliation (to the Los Angeles Dodgers) and began an aggressive new marketing campaign that would lead to more than 50 percent increases in new revenues from corporate sponsorships, ticket sales and merchandise.
"We'll work hard to create a high-quality, fan-friendly environment for the motorsports fans throughout St. Louis, Southwestern Illinois and the Midwest."Strelo is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration from California State University at Hayward.While in college, he went to work for the Oakland Athletics, and spent 12 years with the American League team (1982-94), rising to the position of Director of Sponsor Services and Special Events.
tenure with the A's, the American League club
participated in three World Series and set new attendance records, including the franchise's all-time mark of 2.9 million in 1990.He
left for a job in motorsports at Sears Point Raceway in 1994.In 1995, he joined the International Hockey League as Vice President of Broadcasting and Special Events, where he generated more than $4 million in corporate partnership revenue and the most extensive television package in minor league sports history.During the 1997-98 season, he served as President and Governor of the Jacksonville, Fla., franchise in the East Coast Hockey League, increasing attendance and revenues and paving the way for its sale to local investors. He remained in Jacksonville for two more years, serving as the Director of Facility Services for The PGA TOUR's First Tee Program, a non-profit organization designed to promote the development of the game of golf – especially among younger and underprivileged players.
The organization was also founded by the other major golf organizations in the United States (USGA, LPGA, PGA
of America and Augusta National Golf Club).During his
participated in the development of more than 100 non-profit golf facilities throughout the nation.Strelo
, who was active in Las Vegas business and community organizations, also enjoys golf and travel.He and his wife, Audrea, is a speech pathologist in the Clark County (Nev.) school system, plan to relocate to the area early in the New Year.
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