Executive Vice President
Kurt Wilson has been central in developing and structuring Centaur, Inc. into a financially strong and professionally organized investment company with expertise in horse racing and gaming. A banker for more than two decades, Kurt has been with Centaur since its formation in 1993.
He joined with Rod Ratcliff full time in 1998 to create an opportunity for Centaur to expand its investment interests into the Indiana horse racing industry. He orchestrated the merger of Centaur, Inc., RJ Investments, Inc., and the Pegasus Group, giving the new Centaur the financial strength to make a substantial capital investment in the pari-mutuel horse racing business.
He was instrumental in Centaur¹s acquisitions of Fortune Valley in Central City, Colo., and Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind.
Prior to joining Centaur, Kurt was a senior vice president and trust officer for Bank One Indiana. Starting as manager of trust operations in Lafayette, he later became the state sales manager, developing and executing a plan to build a statewide sales force.
This capped a banking career that started in 1976 with Lafayette Bank and Trust Company. In 1987, he co-founded Homestate Bancorp. Inc. to acquire community banks in Indiana. As president and CEO of the State Bank of Salem, Kurt modernized the operation, making it a model to state and federal regulators and leading it to far greater profitability.
A graduate of Purdue University, Kurt also has earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.