USA Water Polo

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noun - USA Water Polo (or USAWP) is the national governing body of the game of water polo in the United States. It conducts, sanctions, and supports a number of tournaments, games, international competitions, and national teams. Its signature tournaments is the annual National Junior Olympics (or the USA Water Polo Junior Olympic Championships), the largest age group water polo tournament in America.

It oversees the 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 United States. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches and officials.

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National Junior Olympics

The National Junior Olympics or the USA Water Polo Junior Olympic Championships is the largest age group water polo tournament in America. Athletes and teams come from across the country to compete on the national stage sanctioned and hosted by USA Water Polo. The Junior Olympics Tournament consists of two divisions, the Championship Division and the Classic Division. Teams compete over a 4-day period within their respective age category (10&U girls, 10&U mixed, 12&U, 14&U, 16&U, 18&U).

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of USA Water Polo, Inc. is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the corporation. The board is composed of volunteers and structured on a corporate model, consistent with the board of the United States Olympic Committee. At least two athlete representatives are appointed to the Board, comprising not less than 20% of the voting members. At least two Independent Directors are also elected, who are required to not possess any known affiliations within the corporation. Elected as Independent Directors are Michael Graff, RoAnn Costin, Sheldon Pang, and Robert Sternfels. At least three other directors must also not hold any relevant or elected positions within the corporation but may be active in other related aspects of the sport.

  • Ryan Bailey, Director - Athlete Representative - Independent

Ryan Bailey spent more than a decade as a mainstay on the Men's Senior National Team competing in a record four Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012) helping the United States to a silver medal in 2008. One of the top centers in the game, Bailey retired from National Team competition after helping the United States qualify for the 2013 FINA World Championships. A graduate of UC Irvine, Bailey parlayed his success on the national team into a lengthy career in international club water polo competing in a variety of countries including Serbia, Greece, Croatia, and Russia. He remains involved in the game today conducting clinics around the country and coaching at the scholastic level.

RoAnn Costin is the founder and president of Wilderness Point Investments. Founded in 2005, Wilderness Point Investments is a private equity company which focuses on investing in early and expansion stage consumer non-durable product and retailing companies. Ventures in which Ms. Costin has invested and sits on the board of directors include Lululemon Athletica, City Sports, Olly Shoes, Alvin Valley and Gear Six Technologies.

Costin began her business career in 1981 working for State Street Research and Management, Co., then, one of the nation's largest and oldest investment management companies, established in 1925. She was the first woman investment analyst, portfolio manager and partner at SSR&M. In 1989, Costin joined The Putnam Companies where she was a member of the firm's Quality Growth group with joint account responsibility for equity portfolios of assets over US$1.5 billion and where she co-managed the US equity portion of the Putnam International Fund. In 1992, she founded and was president of Reservoir Capital Management, a firm specializing in quality growth equities investments. Prior to her career in business, Ms. Costin worked in government at the federal level in the office of Congressman Michael J. Harrington and at the local level for the city of Boston. She also took part in the formative years of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University working as the Executive Associate to the dean of the KSG, Graham T. Allison.

Costin received an MBA from Stanford University in 1981 and a BA in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1974. In addition, Costin was All-American in swimming and crew, a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers' Visiting Committee on Athletics, was elected a member of The Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1995 and Director of the USA Water Polo Board. Involved in the community, Costin currently serves on the boards of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Stanford Business School Advisory Board in Palo Alto, Perkins School for the Blind in Boston and Codman Academy, a charter school in Boston. She also served on the boards of Toys -R- Us from 1996 - 2005, the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York from 2000 - 2008 and the Radcliffe Institute in Cambridge.

Richard Esterkin is an attorney with the law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP whose practice focuses primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and complex commercial litigation. He repeatedly has been recognized as a California "Super Lawyer" and a "Best Lawyer" and has served as a mediator on the mediation panels established by the United States Bankruptcy Court and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He has also donated his time assisting USA Water Polo in a wide variety of legal matters over the past several years.

Esterkin is an active member of the water polo community as a member of the Tri-Valley masters water polo club and has competed in USA Water Polo's Masters National Championships, where he has been recognized as a Masters All-American, and the FINA World Masters Championships. His aquatic background includes recognition as a NAIA All-American swimmer while at Claremont Men's College, as well being named to the All-SCIAC water polo team on two occasions and earning Most Valuable Player honors at the 1971 NAIA Area 2 Water Polo Championship tournament.

Michael Graff served as president and chief operating officer of Bombardier Aerospace before joining Warburg Pincus in 2003. Currently, he is involved with the firm's consumer, industrial and services activities, focusing primarily on the industrial sector. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company in New York, London and Pittsburgh. Graff is a director of Builders FirstSource, CAMP, Consolidated Precision Products, Extant, Mission Motors, Polypore, QuEST Global Services and TransDigm. In addition, he is chairman of CAMP, Consolidated Precision Products, and Extant. He is also chairman of the United States Olympic Water Polo Committee. Graff received an A.B. in economics from Harvard College, and an M.S. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

[[Jeremy Laster currently works as Vice President and Treasurer for Rancho Mission Viejo, a family-owned real estate development company located in Orange County, California. He also has a great deal of water polo experience having played with the Men's Senior National Team from 1992 until 1998. Laster represented Team USA at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta among many other world championships. A standout water polo player in college, Jeremy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University. While at Stanford, Laster also secured two NCAA Championships and was honored as a three time All-American. He currently resides in Newport Beach with his wife, Frandy, and their six young children.

Ellen Estes Lee is no stranger to the water polo community having carved out a stellar undergraduate career at Stanford University while becoming a stalwart for the US women's national team. She earned two Olympic medals at the 2000 and 2004 Games in Sydney and Athens in a national team career spanning six years. A respected leader in the pool, she has accomplished a great deal out of the water as well. A recent graduate of the Harvard Business School, Ellen now works as a Senior Strategy Manager in the Strategic Pricing and Contracting group at Genentech, a biotech company in South San Francisco, California. Prior to receiving her MBA, Lee spent time at The Boeing Company as an engineer and project leader. She serves as the Athlete Advisory Committee representative to the United States Olympic Committee and as one of two athlete reps on the USAWP board, along with Jeremy Laster, who joined the board in 2008.

Sheldon Pang is the Vice Chairman of Freepoint Commodities, LLC, a global commodities investment and trading concern headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. Residing on the boards of many academic and philanthropic ventures, both domestic and international, Pang has served on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars since 2010 after being appointed by President Obama.

Prior to Freepoint Commodities, Pang was Vice Chairman of RBC Capital Markets and before that spent more than 12 years in the US financial service industry. Alongside his professional career Pang's volunteer work is extensive. He has served on the board of Carmel Academy, Huaxia Chinese School of Greater New York, the Brookings Institute Foreign Policy Leadership Committee, and the China Advisory Council of Brown University. Other service work includes his time as an Educational Counselor at MIT and as Chairman of the Zhejiang University Endowment Fund.

A graduate of Zhejiang University, Pang earned a master's degree from Vanderbilt University and a doctoral degree from MIT. No stranger to the sport of water polo, he and his wife, Hong, are the proud parents of two devoted water polo players, Charlie and Mindy, of Greenwich Aquatics club.

Victoria B. Rogers is the longstanding President of The Rose Hills Foundation, which is one of the largest foundations focused on giving in Los Angeles County. Rogers has a long history of philanthropic and volunteer efforts. She currently serves on board of trustees of various organizations including Stanford University and the Norton Simon Museum. Following the sale of The Rose Hills Memorial Park in 1996, Rogers was tapped to manage US$220 million in proceeds to form The Rose Hills Foundation. During her tenure, the Foundation's assets have grown solely by investment returns to nearly $500 million while the Foundation has granted over $250 million to over 1,200 non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area. Rogers is a graduate of Stanford University and lives in San Marino, California with her husband and son, a 17-year old who plays for the Rose Bowl Water Polo Club.

William Smith is the President and CEO of Renaissance Capital LLC, the global leader in IPO research, money management and indexing. Its clients include numerous major financial institutions (e.g. Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan) and thousands of individual investors. Renaissance Capital runs the FTSE Renaissance Global IPO Index Series with its partner FTSE. FTSE is owned by the London Stock Exchange. Renaissance also manages money for pension funds and runs the Global IPO Plus Fund (symbol: IPOSX), a publicly traded IPO mutual fund for retail investors. He is a frequent guest speaker on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News and has been quoted in numerous financial publications such as Barron's, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. In 2000 he was featured on the cover of Worth Magazine in an article entitled the -Secrets of the IPO King-. Bill spent many years on Wall Street as a senior investment banker at Kidder Peabody and Bear Stearns. In addition, for over a decade he was a management consultant at Booz Allen and Touche Ross focusing on long range strategic planning, operational restructurings and turnarounds for companies in over 20 different industries. He is the author of two books, "IPOs for Everyone", published by John Wiley & Sons and "Strategic Growth Through Mergers & Acquisitions" published by Prentice Hall in the U.S. and Japan.

Smith has been involved with water polo for over 30 years as an athlete and as an age-group, high school, collegiate and assistant USA Cadet National Team coach at the 2002 World Championships in Serbia. He coached 3 collegiate teams (Villanova, Indiana University, and University of Pennsylvania). He also established the first Ivy League Water Polo Championship and is on the Board of University of Pennsylvania Water Polo. Currently, he volunteers his time as water polo coach for the Brunswick School and Greenwich Aquatics, both based in Greenwich Connecticut.

Smith has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University. He is the father of two children, a son who played water polo for Stanford University and a daughter who played for Harvard College.

Bob Sternfels is familiar to water polo as he played at his alma mater Stanford University and brings strong ties from the San Francisco Bay Area. A senior partner for McKinsey and Company, a leading global consulting firm, Sternfels has been with the group for nearly 20 years and has helped to launch an office in South Africa while also working with clients around the globe. He is a member of McKinsey's board and leads the operations practice for the Americas. He also helped oversee a strategic growth plan with USA Water Polo CEO Christopher Ramsey. He was a Rhodes Scholar and earned an MA in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford.


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