Eric Jackson

General Manager and Board Member

Oaklawn Jockey Club

Hot Springs

Age: 60

Eric Jackson

As general manager, Eric Jackson has led Oaklawn since 1987. In May 2009, Oaklawn completed a $40 million, 52,000-SF addition to its gambling floor. Jackson helped pioneer simulcast racing in 1989, which now accounts for about 80 percent of all business in racing. Oaklawn was the first track to use simulcast racing.

Jackson also serves as president of Southwest Catering and at RaceTech, where he presides over research and development. Jackson has been involved in state and local chamber activities, downtown Hot Springs revitalization efforts, the Garland County Industrial Development Corp., the Hot Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission and other organizations.