President and Chief Executive Officer
Bill Thomason became the seventh President and Chief Executive Officer of Keeneland in 2012.
He was previously the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, having joined Keeneland in June 2010.
He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Accounting in 1977 and a Masters in Business Administration in 1978. He worked for two years at the accounting firm of Alexander Grant & Co. before joining Mill Ridge Farm, where he worked for 28 years as Financial and Administrative Manager.
Chairman of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Bill also is a member of The Jockey Club, Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation, University of Kentucky Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Advisory Board, University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Council, Kentucky Chamber and Central Bank Lexington’s Advisory Board of Directors.
Bill and his wife, Barbara, have three daughters, Marcie (1980-2006), a graduate of the University of Virginia who was a CPA in Washington, D.C.; Melissa (Chambless), a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Engineering; and Laura (Dickens), a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Emory School of Medicine. Laura is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, specializing in endocrinology, at the University of Chicago. Bill and Barbara have three grandsons and one granddaughter.