Eric L. Poms, was officially announced as the fifth Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Bowl Committee (OBC) on May 4, 2006, succeeding long-time CEO Keith R. Tribble. During his nearly 20 years at the Orange Bowl, Poms has been at the forefront of the postseason college football season structure during its frequent era of growth, having been heavily involved in negotiations with the new College Football Playoff, Bowl Championship Series, Bowl Coalition and Bowl Alliance. While Poms has been at the Orange Bowl, the Committee has hosted six National Championship games in 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013. He spearheaded the OBC's inclusion in the new College Football Playoff that begins in 2015, which includes four semifinal games and eight games featuring the ACC Champion versus a top rated team from the Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame in a 12-year period -- all over the New Year's holiday. Poms has been with the Committee since 1993, previously serving as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his tenure with the OBC, Poms served with Tribble at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as the Coordinator of Operations from 1992-93. During the same period, Poms also served as Director of Operations for the fledgling Las Vegas Bowl. Poms first experience in bowl games came as Director of Operations and Events at the newly-formed Blockbuster Bowl, of which Tribble was the Executive Director, from 1990-92. Poms received both his Bachelors (1988) and Masters (1990) degrees from the University of Florida. As an undergraduate he worked as a student-manager for the men's basketball program, eventually becoming head manager. While studying for his masters, he served as men's basketball operations assistant. He and his wife, Krista, have a daughter, Julia Brooke and two sons Justin Tyler and Troy Patrick. They reside in Weston, Fla. A devoted family man, Poms is active with the Boys & Girls Club of Miami, Inc., where he has served on the Executive Committee since 1996.
Courtesy, Eric L. Poms
Copyright © 2018, Los Angeles Times