COLLINSVILLE, IL, September 09, 2022 — Melissa Helton has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Ms. Helton is the president and general manager of Fairmount Park/FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing, a leadership role in which she leverages years of experience in strategic planning and the gaming and hospitality industry. In addition to overseeing general operations, she leads executive meetings, liaises with jockeys, and administers to horses after races. Prior to joining Fairmount, she held senior positions with Del Lago Resort & Casino, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
A seasoned finance professional, Ms. Helton served as a controller for Arizona Biltmore, the Apache Gold Casino Resort, and Tropicana – Belle of Baton Rouge. She also acted as an operations controller for Caesars Indiana. Ms. Helton is a graduate of Indiana University Southeast through which she achieved a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Civically involved, she is a member of the board of directors of the local Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture.
Ms. Helton is proud of her work with Fairmount Park, especially her efforts to change the company culture since her arrival in 2020. She has implemented an open-door policy to contribute to transparency across teams and improve overall communications. In the coming years, she intends to raise a casino on Fairmount’s property and act as a mentor for women in the industry.