10/31/2011 4:30PM

Chiota to retire as Ocala Breeders’ Sale Company president

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Tom Chiota, longtime president of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company in Ocala, Fla., will retire from that position June 30, the auction house announced Monday. Tom Ventura, the company’s sales director and general manager, will succeed him.

Chiota has been with OBS since 1978. Ventura joined the company in 1984. OBS will name a new director of sales at a future date, according to an OBS news release.