Ronald G. Geary is president and owner of Ellis Park Race Track. Prior to the purchase of Ellis Park, Mr. Geary signed a management agreement with Churchill Downs to manage operations at the track from July 18, 2006 until the sale was completed on September 28, 2006. Terms of the transaction included an agreement allowing Mr. Geary to apply for additional race dates in 2007. On September 25, 2006, the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority approved 46 live race dates for Ellis Park's 2007 racing season, from July 4 through September 3, compared to just 36 days in 2006. In addition, Claiming Crown officials announced in September that Ellis Park would serve as host to Kentucky's first Claiming Crown in 2007. Under Mr. Geary's management, Ellis Park experienced increased attendance at the 2006 meet (up 18 percent over the previous year) and average on-track handle increased 5.2 percent.
Mr. Geary's love for thoroughbred horses began in his college years at the University of Kentucky when he would spend time at Keeneland.
Mr. Geary retired on June 22, 2006, after 16 years as president and CEO of ResCare, a human service company that provides residential, therapeutic, job training and educational support to people with developmental or other disabilities; to youth with special needs; and to adults who are experiencing barriers to employment. The company employs approximately 40,000 people. Mr. Geary continued with ResCare as their non-executive Chairman of the Board thru December 31, 2010.
Mr. Geary joined ResCare in 1989 and was instrumental in taking the company public in 1992. Under Mr. Geary's leadership, ResCare grew from serving 1,378 persons in six states and Puerto Rico to offering support to hundreds of thousands in 36 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada. ResCare has been named four times as one of Forbes magazine's 200 Best Small Companies in America.
Mr. Geary also serves on the following boards: Ventas (NYSE); First Capital Bank of Kentucky; Appriss Inc.; Pet Suites, Inc.; Evansville Icemen; and Louisville Executive Aviation.
Prior to joining ResCare, Mr. Geary served as president and consultant to Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary from 1986-1989. He was also involved in government service, holding the positions of Kentucky Secretary of the Revenue Cabinet and member of the executive cabinet in Governor John Y. Brown's administration. Mr. Geary served as Kentucky's Assistant Secretary of State from 1989-1990 and Secretary of the Cabinet of Jefferson County from 1984-1985.
Before entering government work, Mr. Geary was a partner in the law firm of Barnett and Alagia from 1984-1989. Prior to that time, he founded and served as managing director of the accounting firm of Geary, Balbach and Hardt from 1973-1981.
For several years Mr. Geary was an appointed member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, serving as chairman and member of the investment committee.
Mr. Geary earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1969 and a J.D. degree from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1974. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of law by the Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary in 1989.
Mr. Geary and his wife, Linda, reside in Louisville. They have two children, Wendy and Mark, and six grandchildren.