Jim Gates, Jr. is Senior Director of Finance and Accounting at the Muhammad Ali Center. In this role, Jim oversees all of the financial functions of the Center, including financial reporting, budgeting, and financial planning and analysis.
In addition to his role at the Muhammad Ali Center, Jim is also the CFO/COO of Dale Romans Racing Stables, a thoroughbred racing company with operations in Louisville, Lexington, Florida, New York, and Arkansas. Previously, Jim had a variety of roles during his 14 years at Churchill Downs. Most notably, he oversaw all facets of operations as General Manager for seven years. During his time as GM, Jim played a key role in the $121M renovation of Churchill Downs, as well as the roll-out of large-scale concerts (Rolling Stones, The Police) and night racing at the facility. Prior to becoming GM, Jim was responsible for mergers and acquisitions activity as Vice President, Development.
A CPA with a B.S. from the University of Dayton and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, Jim’s career also includes five years as an auditor for Price Waterhouse. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisville Sports Commission and the St. X Alumni Association. Jim and his wife have two children.