The Clay and Borges-Torrealba families announced today that Tom Klebeck has been added to the Three Chimneys team as Chief Financial Officer. Klebeck replaces Mark Ackerman, who has served with distinction in the role for 15 years. Ackerman will assist in the transition until the end of the year, then will focus on teaching at the college level, and providing professional advisory services.
Klebeck brings 28 years of accounting, finance and operational experience to Three Chimneys. He has over a decade of experience working for NYSE mid-cap companies as well as most recently serving as Vice President of Finance and Administration for USC Consulting Group. With USC, Tom not only oversaw financial governance but provided international financial analysis for clients and successfully supported business acquisition teams where necessary.
“Our search was extensive and a lot of quality candidates were considered, but in the end Tom brought the professionalism, mindset and proven ability to not only shepherd resources but apply a stern focus on control, profitability and value creation” said Three Chimneys president Case Clay. “Tom brings a depth and breadth of experience that will help Three Chimneys to continue our strong momentum and become all that the organization can be.”
Raised in Vermont with strong ties to Glens Falls, NY, Klebeck developed an early passion for Thoroughbreds. He's attended meets at Churchill and regularly visited his home track of Tampa Bay Downs during winter sessions.
Klebeck adds, “I'm an admirer of Robert Frost's perspective to 'unite my avocation and my vocation' and believe those who say if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. The more I studied the history of what Robert Clay has built at Three Chimneys and the more I learned of the strength, dedication and direction the Torrealba partnership brings, I knew helping Three Chimneys exceed their objectives was an undeniable opportunity”.
“We are grateful for the contribution that Mark Ackerman has made to our company, and especially for his loyal dedication for the last 15 years. We will always consider him part of the Three Chimneys family, and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” added Case Clay.
Founded in 1972 by Robert N. Clay as a 100-acre farm with eight mares, today Three Chimneys encompasses nearly 2,000 acres, stands 10 stallions, and has offices in France, Great Britain and Japan.
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