Eric L. Poms, Chief Executive Officer
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.
Collectively, Poms has more than 25 years of managerial and operational experience in collegiate athletics. Under his leadership the OBC celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008-09 and twice hosted two BCS Bowl games in the same season (The Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship: 2008 – 2009; 2012 – 2013.
Poms has been with the Committee since 1993, serving as Chief Operating Officer prior to moving into his current position. A Miami Killian High School and University of Florida graduate, Poms sets the strategic vision for the organization, working closely with the Orange Bowl Committee’s volunteer leadership.
He spearheaded the OBC’s inclusion in the new College Football Playoff that begins this season, which includes eight traditional Orange Bowl games which will now feature the ACC Champion versus a top rated team from the Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame and four semifinals in a 12-year period—all over the New Year’s holiday.
During his 20 plus years at the Orange Bowl, Poms has been at the forefront of the postseason college football structure during its frequent era of growth, having been heavily involved in negotiations with the new College Football Playoff, the Bowl Championship Series, the 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.
In the summer of 2006 under Poms’ guidance, the OBC initially entered a mutually beneficial relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which has been extended through 2026. The ACC champion is guaranteed a spot in the Discover Orange Bowl on an annual basis, provided it does not qualify for the College Football Playoff, in which case another ACC team will replace the champion.
Poms’ experience and education in the area of event management and bowl game marketing in the South Florida market are second to none. But his vision and passion extends beyond that of just the bowl itself, as he continues to strengthen the OBC’s mission of supporting and producing events which enhance the image, economy, and culture of South Florida.
Under Poms’ management the Orange Bowl Committee has expanded its reach in the community, through its commitment to generating diverse youth sports competition and funding an array of grants, community programs and scholarships that benefit thousands of South Florida youth.
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. In addition to his role managing the Runnin’ Rebels athletic events, Poms also served as Director of Operations for the Las Vegas Bowl during this same period. Before he headed out west, Poms served as Director of Operations and Events at the then newly-formed Blockbuster Bowl, of which Tribble was the Executive Director, from 1990-92. Poms began his career at the University of Florida, first as a student-manager for the men’s basketball program followed by a stint as the Gators’ head basketball manager. While at graduate school, Poms also served as an Operations Assistant from 1989-90.
Poms is active with the Boys & Girls Club of Miami, Inc., where he has served on the Executive Committee since 1996. He also worked with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami mentoring local inner-city youth on educational development, personal values and social skills. Poms also participated in the 1996-97 Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami program which addressed the issues and challenges that face the Greater Miami community.
Poms graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He then went on to earn his Master of Exercise and Sports Sciences from UF in 1990. He and his wife, Krista, have a daughter, Julia and two sons Justin and Troy. They reside in Weston, Fla.