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United States Polo Association

October 28, 2015 18:31 ET

The United States Polo Association Announces New Officers

The US Polo Association Board of Governors Elected Joseph Meyer as Chairman, Edward R. Campbell III as President, Thomas Gose as Secretary and Samuel A. Ramirez Jr. as Treasurer

LAKE WORTH, FL--(Marketwired - October 28, 2015) - The United State Polo Association (USPA), the national governing body for the sport of polo, announced today that the USPA Board of Governors has elected new officers: Joseph Meyer as Chairman; Edward R. Campbell III as President; Thomas Gose as Secretary and Samuel A. Ramirez Jr. as Treasurer.

Prior to assuming the role of Chairman, Joseph Meyer has served as President for three years, as well as serving for nearly a decade in leadership roles including Circuit Governor, Secretary, and Chairman of the Marketing Committee. He has been instrumental in putting polo on national television, a key driver of Team USPA and served on its founding board. He also led the organization's strategic plan "Polo 2020." In addition, he has served as an Ambassador and now a Vice President for the Federation of International Polo. Joseph has also served as the Treasurer of the US Polo Assn. Inc., the global licensing arm of the Association, which generates over $1.4 billion at retail worldwide, from which the USPA purposefully re-invests in numerous development programs to expand and sustain the sport of polo.

Joseph's polo career began in 1998 and he currently plays low to high goal polo in Aiken, SC, Atlanta, GA, New York, and Wellington, FL. He has played polo around the world including China, Brazil, England, and Iran. He has won the National Copper Cup Championship as well as many other tournaments, and is an active polo player today.

Joseph is an entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Meyer Capital LLC, an investment firm specializing in FinTech Companies. Joseph resides in Palm Beach Florida with his wife Susan, daughter Isabella and enjoys playing polo with his son J Paul Meyer.

"I am honored the Board selected me to lead and proud to serve as Chairman of the USPA especially in this seminal anniversary year. As the 22nd Chairman, I have an obligation to continue to uphold polo's rich history and traditions that the Board of the Association has fostered and protected for the last 125 years all the while growing the sport," said Joseph Meyer, United States Polo Association Chairman. "Our focus will be working with and supporting our next generation of young polo players including interscholastic, collegiate players as well as nurturing our young professionals."

Prior to his role as President, Edward R. "Chip" Campbell III has held various positions governing the sport over the last five years, including most recently as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Chip is a second-generation polo player and began playing as a young child in the Southeastern Circuit in the 1970's. Most recently he plays at Point Clear Polo Club (Alabama) at the 8-16 goal level. He has played in many tournaments across the Southeastern Circuit as well as at Big Horn Polo Club and Flying H Polo Club, both in Big Horn, Wyoming. His tournament wins include many in the U.S. as well as in Argentina at La Aguada and La Vanguardia. Chip is the president of Campbell Companies of Louisiana and managing partner in several real estate and oil and gas partnerships. He splits his time residing in Point Clear, AL and Shreveport, LA with his wife Kim.

Before becoming Secretary, Thomas Gose served as a Board member of the USPA from 1986 until 1992, where he chaired the Umpire and Rules Committees. He produced the first video rulebook for the USPA during that time. Currently, he chairs the Rules Committee and serves on the board of the USPA Umpires LLC and is a member of various other USPA committees including: Team USPA, Finance and the High-Goal Committee. Thomas is also a board member of the Big Horn Polo Club and a member of the Flying H Polo Club. He is a third generation polo player and has been a member of the USPA since 1972. He is a two-time winner of the U.S. Open, once with his father Steve in 1984 and a second Open in 1986 with the last all-American team to win. He is also winner of the 26-goal International Cup, the National 12 goal and the National 18 goal tournaments. He was selected to represent the U.S. team in the first FIP World Championships in 1986.

Thomas currently manages his family's energy and ranching businesses including Retama Polo LLC for the purchase and training of green horses for sale into high and medium goal polo. Tom and his wife Martha reside in Woodville, Texas.

Samuel A. Ramirez Jr. has been an active delegate since 2009, a member of the Finance and International committees since 2012 and head of the Investment sub-committee in 2014 before assuming the role as Treasurer. His playing career, in which he plays low to medium goal polo, began in 1999. Samuel received the Dr. Billy Linfoot award twice for most improved club player, athletic ability and sportsmanship on- and off-the-field in 2000 and 2004 as well as received the Most Valuable Amateur Player award in the 2006 in the 12 Goal USPA Eddie Moore tournament. He is also the Owner/Developer of NYC Polo Club at Haviland Hollow Farm, one hour north of Manhattan. The club offers a year round polo program including outdoor leagues and tournaments, a polo school and an indoor winter arena polo and Interscholastic/Intercollegiate program. A 23 year career finance veteran, he is presently a Senior Partner at Samuel A. Ramirez & Company, Inc. and President and CEO of Ramirez Asset Management. Samuel and his wife Fabiana reside in New York City and weekends in Patterson, NY.

About the United States Polo Association

Founded in 1890, the United States Polo Association (USPA) is the national governing body for the sport of polo in North America and is one of the oldest sport governing bodies in the United States. With nearly 300 member clubs and 40 national tournaments, the USPA governs polo handicaps, tournament rules and safety regulations, to ensure the welfare and being of both pony and player. Funded by sales from the officially licensed consumer brand, U.S. Polo Assn., the USPA purposefully re-invests revenue by underwriting numerous development programs to expand and sustain the sport of polo. For more information please visit www.uspolo.org.

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