09/18/2012 9:49AM

Penn National: Silver named director of racing operations

Dan Silver has been named director of racing operations at Penn National Racing Course.

Dan Silver, director of communications at the New York Racing Association since 2009, has been hired to be director of racing operations at Penn National Racing Course in Grantville, Pa., effective Oct. 22, Penn National announced Tuesday.

Silver, who has graduate degrees in journalism and from the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona, will be responsible for the “racing and parimutuel operations” at Penn National and the track’s four offtrack wagering facilities in Pennsylvania. Silver also will manage the company’s account-wagering operation.

Silver, 32, has worked for NYRA for nearly five years. He began as the association’s marketing communications manager in early 2008 and was elevated to the director of communications and media relations in mid-2009.

“I am very excited to join the terrific team” at Penn National, Silver said in a press release from the company. “I believe my experiences at NYRA will help me continue the progress being made in the racing program at Penn National on a number of levels, and I am looking forward to the opportunity.”

Mark Loewe, Penn National’s current vice president of racing operations, will “be continuing in Penn National Gaming’s racing division in a new role to be announced shortly,” the Penn National release said.

Penn National owns racetracks in several states, along with nearly two dozen casino properties.