Monticello, NY — Shawn Wiles, president of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), named Communicators Hall of Famer Steven Wolf to serve on USHWA’s Hall of Fame Screening Committee for a six-year term on Thursday (March 21).
The Screening Committee reviews all nominations for the Hall of Fame from the USHWA Chapters. It then decides which candidates are placed on the ballot for all eligible USHWA and Hall of Fame members to vote on. Nominees must receive 75 percent of the yes-no votes cast to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Wolf, currently President of the Florida Chapter of USHWA, owns and operates his own consulting firm, which provides public relations, marketing and social media needs to harness racing organizations world-wide. He is the former senior director of racing operations at Pompano Park and the former director of marketing/PR at Freehold Raceway. He has been involved in the industry for 42 years.
His career in harness racing started as a co-owner/breeder and groom with Leo Wolf & Son, Inc. (Steve’s grandfather and father Manny) at The Meadowlands in 1977. He then worked the Liberty Bell Park-Brandywine Raceway circuit as a publicity assistant from 1979 to 1984.
Wolf then became the marketing and publicity director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey through 1987 before working at Freehold Raceway for 13 years. In 2000, Wolf moved to south Florida where he worked 10 years at Pompano Park before opening his own firm, Steven Wolf, Consultant.
Wolf was the first-ever USHWAn to be voted the organization’s Member of the Year twice, in 1990 and 2000. He has received the Clyde Hirt Writing Award (2004) from Harness Horsemen International and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Service to Youth Award (2006). He was inducted into the national Harness Racing Communicators Hall of Fame in 2017 and was voted into the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame’s Communicators Corner in 2014.
Wolf was elected President of USHWA at the 2014 national meetings and served the standard two-year term at the head of the organization. He has served on its board of directors for 15 years. Wolf was a former president of the USHWA NJ Chapter and has been the president of the Florida USHWA Chapter for more than five years. He also serves on various other USHWA committees including the Integrity Committee, Dinner Committee, Location Committee and the Sponsorship Committee.
Wolf will now join Tim Bojarski, Moira Fanning, Robert ‘Hollywood’ Heyden, Jason Settlemoir and Judy Davis Wilson on the screening committee.
“I know that with his vast knowledge and superb experience in the harness racing industry, Steve Wolf will be a valuable member to the USHWA Screening Committee,” Wiles said. “I also want to thank Communicators Hall of Famer Leon Zimmerman for his years of service on the committee as his six-year term has expired.”