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Melissa Helton Selected for IAOTP’s Top 50 Fearless Leaders’ Publication

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Melissa Helton Selected for IAOTP’s Top 50 Fearless Leaders’ Publication

August 17
15:54 2023
Melissa Helton Selected for IAOTP’s Top 50 Fearless Leaders’ Publication

Melissa Helton, President and General Manager of FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing in Collinsville, Illinois, was recently selected to be featured in the 3rd Edition of the Top 50 Fearless Leaders Publication by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).

While being selected to be published in IAOTP’s Top 50 Fearless Leaders Publication is an honor, only 50 of the world’s most brilliant, courageous, inspirational professionals are selected for this distinction.

These special honorees are hand selected to share their stories of perseverance, resilience, passion, and strength. Melissa has made outstanding contributions to society and had an incredible impact on her industry. A chapter will be dedicated to each honoree. The book is anticipated to be released in the 1st quarter of 2024.

Ms. Helton will have a dedicated chapter in the 3rd Edition of the Top 50 Fearless Leaders Publication. She will be honored for this distinction at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala in December 2023. She was recently selected Top General Manager of the Year for 2023


With over 25 years of experience in this field, Melissa has certainly proven herself as an expert and driving force in the gaming industry. As a dynamic, results-driven leader, Melissa has demonstrated success in her role as General Manager and President of Fanduel Sportsbook and Horse Racing and in every position she has ever held. Her impressive repertoire of prior roles has included serving as Senior Vice President of Finance for Del Lago Resort & Casino, Senior Manager of Finance and Accounting for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Director of Finance Operations at Indiana Grand, Controller for Arizona Biltmore, Apache Gold Casino, Tropicana, Belle of Baton Rouge and Caesars. 

As President and General Manager of FanDuel’s Sportsbook and Horse Racing since 2020, her current responsibilities encompass a wide range of tasks. These include managing finances, overseeing business operations, maintaining effective communication with jockeys, and ensuring the well-being of horses after races. Additionally, she is involved in strategic planning and possesses extensive knowledge of the gaming and hotel industry.

Before embarking on her career path, Ms. Helton attended Indiana University Southeast to receive her Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2003, and she did not set out to work in the hotel or sports industries.

Throughout her illustrious career, Ms. Helton has won numerous awards and accolades for her excellence in the field. This year, she will be considered for the IAOTP’s Empowered Woman Award and she will  be featured on the Nasdaq billboard. She will be honored at the IAOTP’s annual awards banquet in December at the iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City for her inclusion in the publication of 50 Fearless Leaders and her Top General Manager of the Year 2023 award. She has also been featured as one of the Who’s Who of Professional Women. 

Aside from her successful profession, Ms. Helton is an active community member, serving on the local chamber of commerce boards and the Department of Agriculture. 

Looking back, Ms. Helton attributes her success to her perseverance, work ethic, and the mentors she has had along the way. As a woman in this male-dominated industry, she wants to continue bringing a more open and honest work atmosphere at FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing. The firm has praised her efforts to improve communication and shift the organization’s culture. For the firm’s future, Ms. Helton aims to take the firm into uncharted terrain, concluding building on the resort’s new casino and generally establishing herself as a vital player in moving the business ahead. 

For more information about Melissa Helton, please visit https://www.melissahelton.com.


The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization that handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries. These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers, and help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join. You must be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview.

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals worldwide the recognition and credibility they deserve and have helped build their branding empires. IAOTP prides itself on being a one-of-a-kind boutique networking organization that handpicks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

For more information on IAOTP, please visit: www.iaotp.com

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