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Porchak Harnessing His Talents

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Published: March 28, 2009 10:05 am ET

Last Comment: April 3, 2009 1:24 pm ET | 9 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Combining his love of harness racing and web development, Standardbred Canada’s new Web Director, Jeff Porchak is enjoying every minute of the job.

Porchak, the former Web Technician of standardbredcanada.ca, was promoted to the newly formed supervisory position earlier this year.

“I have moved from the IT Dept. to Industry Communications. In a nutshell, the direction of the SC website - content, function, features - will be in my court,” Porchak told Trot Insider.

Now a resident of Kitchener, Ont., Porchak, 34, comes from a family deeply rooted in harness racing - his family owns and operates Jayport Farm just north of Woodstock, Ont. Porchak graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in English then earned his Webmaster’s Certification at TriOS College. He has been working
with Standardbred Canada for seven years.

“I have to thank my family for making this possible - my parents and my brother Roger for getting me hooked on racing at such a young age, and my wife Amber for being so supportive of my dedication to the job at all hours and on weekends and holidays,” said Porchak in regards to his promotion.

While working around the clock, Porchak has developed some new ideas for the SC website to be implemented later this year.

“One of the major projects that we'll be rolling out in 2009 will be additional e-commerce features. We added online TrackIT payment and the experience there has allowed us to measure how other parts of SC's core business can benefit from online transactions,” he explains. “There are other plans in the works for the website as well that are more feature-based.”

Jeff Porchak may be contacted at (905) 858-3060 ext. 219 or jporchak@standardbredcanada.ca

April 3, 2009 - 1:24 pmI have never had the

Steve May SAID...

I have never had the opportunity to meet you, Mr. Porchak, but I am a huge fan of what you do for the fans of harness racing, especially the video feeds you supply on YouTube. For those of us that do not have the opportunity to watch as much Canadian racing as we would like the service is invaluable.

Steve May
USHarnessRacing

March 30, 2009 - 8:06 amIts a pleasure working on

Norm Borg SAID...

Its a pleasure working on Trot Radio with you Jeff. You're a consummate professional with loads of patience for techno challenged guys like myself.

Keep up the great work

Norm Borg

March 28, 2009 - 10:09 pmHi Bro, Congrats on a well

Hi Bro,
Congrats on a well deserved promotion ! We know the work and dedication that you put into your job and the changes show it. Good on you !

Roger Porchak

March 28, 2009 - 7:39 pmI must admit that I wasn't

Lynne Magee SAID...

I must admit that I wasn't keen on the new format for the SC site but, even old dogs can learn new tricks! I've grown accustomed to the changes and can find what I'm looking for quite easily. There are a few things that need some tweaking but, overall, it's become very user friendly and informative. Well done, Jeff.
L. Magee

March 28, 2009 - 4:46 pmIt's been a pleasure getting

It's been a pleasure getting to know Mr. Porchak through his work with the 'new look' Standardbred Canada website.

Great job and best of luck Jeff!

Sugar Doyle

March 28, 2009 - 4:31 pmThanks guys! Rick, I

Jeff Porchak SAID...

Thanks guys!

Rick, I appreciate you letting us know about the iPhone issue. We'll look into it.

-JP

March 28, 2009 - 12:18 pmCongratulations Mr. Porchak

Ralph Sucee SAID...

Congratulations Mr. Porchak - (formalities aside, I'll now return to 'Jeff' ;-)

I can't think of a more crucial position in Harness Racing than Communications (especially from someone who appreciates harness racing as a SPORT vs Industry)? Your history with horses and horsepeople; your loyalty and love for the SPORT; your care and concern for the people involved ... YOUR kind of Communication is exactly what the Doctor ordered!!

I'll personally enjoy watching you move us into the future - while maintaining our roots in the past. Go get 'em, Jeff!

Ralph Sucee

March 28, 2009 - 11:43 amKeep up the great work

Jen Duncan SAID...

Keep up the great work Jeff!

Jen Duncan

March 28, 2009 - 11:04 amCongratulations to

Rick Karper SAID...

Congratulations to Standardbred Canada. The website is the greatest in the industry. It is continuosly updated and it covers all aspects of harness racing. It is certainly my first choice for news.

The only minor complaint that I have is that after viewing a follow-up article on my iPhone and returning to the front page, I'm always returned to the top of the page rather than the spot from which I left.

Rick Karper


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