Position: Vice President/COO
Ann Atkin, Vice President/COO, began her career in gaming in 1985 with Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. A native of Oregon, Ann completed her studies in gaming and casino operations at the University of Nevada-Reno while working in slot and table games management roles. In 1992 during the height of the riverboat openings, Ann was selected to the opening team at Harrah’s Shreveport, where they opened two riverboats in three years. She coordinated the approval process with the Louisiana State Police for slots and assisted the table games department with their approval. In 1996, Ann moved to St. Louis to open Player’s Island Casino. As director of casino operations, Ann was a member of the executive management team including a six-month assignment as director of security. In 2000, Players Island was sold and Ann moved to Altoona to join Prairie Meadows.
Ann was Prairie Meadows Director of Slots until 2004 when she was promoted to Director of Casino Operations and was assigned to administer the inclusion of table games operations. Because of her extensive experience in table games, the new addition of table games and poker went smoothly. In 2006, Ann was promoted to Vice President of Operations; in 2012, her title changed to Vice President/COO. Ann’s areas of responsibility include Slots, Table Games, Food & Beverage, Racing, Marketing, Hotel & Conference Operations, and Community Relations.
In 2007, Ann was invited to be a guest lecturer at the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program to discuss the synergy of racing and casinos due to the implementation of racinos across the United States.
During the years that Ann lived in Louisiana, she was a volunteer for “Paint Your Heart Out-Shreveport,” a non-profit organization that restored houses for the City’s fixed income residents. After Ann joined Prairie Meadows, she served on the board of directors for Prevent Blindness Iowa, Altoona Chamber of Commerce, East Polk Regional Development, and Altoona Community Foundation. Ann currently serves as alternate director on the national board of the Thoroughbred Racing Association, and on the the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.