Ben Cambra, 35, fourth employee hired at Remington Park when
the racetrack was under construction, has resigned as marketing
director to start his own sports marketing business.
Cambra plans to open offices in Oklahoma City and San Diego,
Cambra will remain at Remington Park through Jan. 21.
Keith Chamblin, director of media relations at Remington Park
since 1988, has been named director of marketing effective Jan.
24. Chamblin will continue to serve as director of media
relations. He also will oversee Remington Park's advertising
efforts, said David Vance, executive vice president and chief
operating officer of Remington Park, and vice president of racing
for the DeBartolo Corp.
"I think anyone close to Remington Park would agree that Keith
Chamblin has earned this opportunity," Vance said.
"He is tremendously talented, has an uncommon work ethic, and
I personally respect his judgment and instincts. He leads by
example. Add to that the fact that he fully understands the value
of teamwork and it is clear why he has been asked to take on
these additional duties," Vance said.
Cambra started work at Remington Park Oct. 26, 1987, while the
track facility was still under construction, he said.
"The track was just beams and pipes at that point.
"It's been a privilege working a Remington Park and serving
under David Vance," Cambra said. "Remington Park has one of the
most progressive racing operations in the world, and I'm looking
forward to continuing my association with Remington Park and
DeBartolo Racing. I am also looking forward to working on other
exciting marketing opportunities within racing," Cambra said.
Cambra said that through his new firm, to be known as Ben
Cambra Marketing, he plans to work on horse race marketing
programs for tracks, consulting, promotions, special events and
corporate sponsorship programs.
"I have long held that Ben Cambra has one of the best
marketing minds in racing," Vance said.
"That opinion has not changed. He's done an outstanding job
for Remington Park and I wish he and his family the very best,"
Cambra said he expects to set up an office with a staff in
Oklahoma City. He will move his wife and two small sons to
California where their families are located, he said.
He plans to continue working on community projects with which
he has become involved in Oklahoma City.
One of those projects will become a part of the work of his
new business. It is development of a collector's card set of
pictures of Oklahoma City policemen similar to collector sets of
athletes to be marketed to children, he said.
Another project on which he is working is the national AAU
boys' basketball tournament scheduled July 2-9 in Oklahoma City,
"I am handling the marketing and corporate sponsorships for
the national AAU boys 16 and under basketball tournament. …