Aron Wellman, President
Aron Wellman was born on August 18th, 1977 in Los Angeles, California. The son of longtime thoroughbred breeders and owners, Michael and Cory Wellman, Wellman has been “born into” the thoroughbred horse racing industry. Having enjoyed the privilege of an upbringing surrounded by racing legends Bill Shoemaker and Eddie Delahoussaye, Wellman experienced an invaluable horse racing education that money simply cannot buy.
Brian Spearman, Chairman
Brian Spearman has been a racing fan since his childhood days growing up in Saratoga Springs, NY. The introduction and subsequent seeds of passion were planted when he worked at the Historic Saratoga Race Course during the summer of his college years. Spearman participated in many aspects of racing, but was first introduced to ownership via his involvement with Dogwood stables. It was through the Dogwood/Eclipse affiliation that Spearman and Aron Wellman struck up a friendship that led to his accelerated involvement in Eclipse. He currently is a Senior Vice President at PepsiCo in addition to his role as Chairman and partner in Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.
Jack Sadler, Vice President of Operations
Jack Sadler has been involved with the thoroughbred industry since 1976 (the year he graduated from Washington and Lee), when he worked for trainer Frank Alexander and groomed a filly named Moona’s Dust – who was owned by Dogwood Stable at the time. In 1981 he left the race track and went to work as the assistant trainer at Dogwood Stable’s farm in Greenville, Georgia, and made the move to Aiken when the operation relocated in 1986. He moved into the Dogwood office in 1990, trading his lead shank for the telephone and keyboard, where he assumed the role of Vice President under the leadership of Cot Campbell.
Bill Victor, Chief Financial Officer
Originally hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Bill Victor worked for Nelson Bunker Hunt’s Bluegrass Farm for three years before moving to Aiken and joining the Dogwood Stable staff in 1991. He’s a graduate of UK and a huge supporter of the Wildcats. At Dogwood, Victor was responsible for all aspects of the finances of Dogwood Stable and its various partnerships. In 2013, under the partnership agreement put in place between Dogwood Stable and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Victor joined the Eclipse team as Controller.
Kelsey Marshall, Director of Partner Relations
Like many racing enthusiasts, Kelsey Marshall was hooked by the most exciting two minutes in sports – the Kentucky Derby. Kelsey’s family friends owned and bred racehorses and while watching her first Kentucky Derby, Kelsey was captivated.
After studying Political Science at Miami University, Kelsey began her professional career at CIN Legal Data Services; the largest provider of data and due diligence services to the consumer bankruptcy market. It was here that she was able to hone her customer service and account management skills to ensure every consumer and attorney’s needs were met. Kelsey thrived in her position at CIN but was always drawn to the horses in her spare time.