Greg Avioli was named President & CEO in September, 2016. He previously served as TOC’s Chief Executive Officer, after having worked as a senior advisor to the board of directors on gaming legislation, advance deposit wagering and strategic planning. Before joining TOC, he served as CEO of the Stronach Group, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup, Chief Operating Officer of the NTRA and president of HORSEPAC.
Avioli earned his bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of North Carolina.
Mary Forney was named Executive Director in September, 2016, having worked for TOC since 2004 as Director of Operations. She has worked in the California horse racing industry for more than 30 years, including 13 years at Santa Anita, most recently as Simulcast Coordinator. She also worked for the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association for nine years.
Mary is a magna cum laude graduate of Cal State Los Angeles, where she earned a BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Law and Society. She served on the board of directors of the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation and is currently on the board of the Winners Foundation. She was named Outstanding Woman in Thoroughbred Horse Racing in 2006 by the California Legislature.
Wayne Atwell is a long-time thoroughbred owner and breeder following his father’s footsteps. Wayne worked as a consultant for the TOC, supporting Northern California from 2006-2012 focusing on reporting, web administration, and owner support. Wayne recently retired from a career in technology working in Silicon Valley for over 35 years. Wayne works part time and can be found typically on the weekends at the Golden Gate Fields TOC office.
Wayne has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.
Elsa Peron works in our main office at Santa Anita. She was first introduced to TOC, in 2013, as a part-time employee while she attended college. Although Elsa is still new to the racing world, she is learning all that she can to better help serve you.
Elsa earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University Channel Islands where she studied Studio Art and Psychology.