February 20, 2013
USA Water Polo Names Marty Samuels as Chief Operating Officer
Huntington Beach, Calif. – February 20, 2013— Marty
Samuels, former President of Quiksilver Americas, has been named
Chief Operating Officer of USA Water Polo. In this newly created
position, Samuels will lead the high performance and membership
programs of USA Water Polo. This includes membership growth, event
management, club outreach, the USA Water Polo National Teams and
their international performance, and the Olympic Development
"Marty coming aboard represents an important evolutionary step in our organization," said Christopher Ramsey, CEO of USA Water Polo. "He has accomplished a great deal professionally, and he wants to use his experience to give something back to our sport. His focus will be on continuing our drive for excellence, expanding our positive and safe sport environment, and building ever greater member value. He has firsthand knowledge of our water polo community. He is a good man who will do great things."
"I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with Chris, the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers at USA Water Polo to achieve our mission and goals for the sport," said Samuels. "I have seen firsthand the incredible experiences and opportunities that water polo can present to our athletes/children. I look forward to using my experience in business and sports, and my energy and passion for the sport of water polo to build and enhance the organization."
Most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Hybrid Apparel, Samuels spent 12 years at Quiksilver rising from Executive Vice President of Sales and National Marketing to President of Quiksilver Americas. In that role he oversaw product and licensing of a one billion dollar division spanning North, Central and South America including the Caribbean. Prior to that he was an Executive Vice President of No Fear, tripling sales in one year, and a Senior Vice President of Miller's Outpost.
Samuels is no stranger to the water polo community and youth sports in general serving as a volunteer for more than 20 years with Little League Baseball, National Junior Basketball, USA Swimming and USA Water Polo. Married to his wife Elizabeth for over 30 years, swimming and water polo have always been an important part of the Samuels family. His oldest daughter Angela completed a four year career as a varsity swimmer at Loyola Marymount in 2008. Meanwhile his sons Albert and Josh recently concluded four year varsity careers at Loyola Marymount and UCLA respectively, with Josh spending time on various USA Water Polo National Teams.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Samuels has a degree in economics from Colgate University.
About USA Water Polo
USA Water Polo, Inc. is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters National Championships. With more than 40,000 members, USAWP is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development of the sport throughout the US. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches and officials.
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USA Water Polo
2124 Main Street, Ste. 240
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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