CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Eric Poms was officially announced as the fifth Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Bowl Committee (OBC) on May 4, 2006. Poms is in his 26th year with the OBC, and has nearly 30 years of managerial and operational experience in collegiate athletics.
Poms spearheaded the OBC’s inclusion in the new College Football Playoff that began in 2014-15, which includes the OBC hosting eight traditional Capital One Orange Bowl games featuring 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 weekend.
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.
During his 25 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 deeply 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 seven National Championship games: 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013.
In the summer of 2006 under Poms’ guidance, the OBC entered a mutually beneficial partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which has been extended through 2026. The ACC champion is guaranteed a spot in the Capital One 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. It will face a highly ranked opponent from the Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame, providing the Capital One Orange Bowl with an attractive matchup every year.
Most recently, Poms and the Orange Bowl Committee led a Miami-South Florida community bid effort to secure the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, to be played at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11 of that year. This will be the community’s first national championship game in the College Football Playoff era, but its 21st overall.
Poms’ experience and education in the area of event management and bowl game marketing has yielded great results for the South Florida community. His vision and passion extend 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.
During Poms’ tenure, the Orange Bowl Committee has expanded its reach in the community and continues to be one of South Florida’s leading civic organizations. Its four pillars of community outreach include youth sports, fundraising and community events, academic programs and scholarships, and legacy gifts.
Prior to joining the OBC, Poms served as the Coordinator of Operations at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas 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 west, Poms served as Director of Operations and Events at the then newly-formed Blockbuster Bowl 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.
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. Nationally, Poms serves on the Executive Committee of the Football Bowl Association (FBA) where he previously served as chairman in 2014-15.
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.
Chief Marketing Officer
Ana Hernandez-Ochoa was named Chief Marketing Officer in July 2014. She began her tenure at the OBC as the Corporate Partnerships Coordinator in April 2002 and most recently held the position of Vice President of Marketing, leading the Committee’s efforts to elevate the brand positioning of Orange Bowl. As CMO she will now provide overall oversight of the communications, marketing, community outreach and digital media departments.
Chief Financial Officer
Brian Park has 40 years of experience in business finance and management. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Orange Bowl Committee and has served in that role since June, 2003. In his position as CFO, Park is responsible for managing the financial, human resources, legal and building management functions of the Orange Bowl.
Park is part of the Orange Bowl executive team that leads one of college football’s premier bowl games. Park has been with the Committee for three national championship games. During his tenure, the Orange Bowl has expanded its long standing tradition of community work in South Florida, most notably through the Orange Bowl Legacy Projects. The Orange Bowl led the efforts to refurbish Moore Park, the home of the 1933 and 1934 Palm Festival; the predecessor to the Orange Bowl and the restoration and enhancements of Joseph C. Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale, Ives Estates Park in Miami Gardens and Harris Field Park in Homestead. Park also oversaw the purchase, renovation and move to the Orange Bowl’s new headquarters building in 2008.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Park graduated from the University of Toledo in 1977 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. He then joined the public accounting firm of Ernst and Ernst (now Ernst & Young) where he earned his CPA certificate.
Prior to joining the Orange Bowl, Park spent 14 years as the CFO of a regional mechanical contractor based in Toledo, Ohio with operations in six states. He also served as the CFO and Treasurer of a family owned supermarket chain in Toledo for five years. Prior to that, he was an internal auditor with Owens-Corning. Park lives in Pembroke Pines, FL and has seven children and three grandchildren.