EQUINE SPORT GROUP, Seabrook Island, SC 2011-Present
Equine Sport Group is a multi-disciplinary equine consulting group with core expertise in horse welfare, stable management and care, veterinary support, training programs from grassroots to advanced and sport governance.
• Eric L. Straus appointed as the Technical Coordinator for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.
• ESG provides senior management services as Secretary General to the Pan American Equestrian Confederation.
• ESG conducted site inspections for the 2018 ODESUR Games in Cochabama, Bolivia.
• ESG provided pre-event and onsite management services for the 2016 North American Junior Young Rider Championship.
• ESG provided equestrian marketing consultancy services to the Federación Boliviana de Deportes Ecuestres.
• ESG formed a strategic partnership with Sai Ma Sports, leading to a multi-year Cooperation and Marketing Agreement with the Chinese Equestrian Association. ESG and Sai Ma provided competition management services to the Chinese Equestrian Association for the China Tour, a series of international show jumping competitions.
• Attended the Fourth Annual Equestrian Forum of Western China as a guest of the Chengdu Equestrian Association.
• Secured the largest private stable in Beijing as a client. Arranged for client's Head Trainer to receive two months of training and competition experience during the 2012 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida under the supervision of George Morris, then USA Show Jumping Chef d' Equipe. Concurrently, the Head Trainer worked with US Olympians.
• Provided governance and strategic planning assistance to the Foundation For The Florida Horse Park .
HITS, Inc. Saugerties, NY 2014-2015
Senior Vice President Equine
HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows at five venues throughout the United States. Reporting directly to the President, focused on soliciting high level international equestrian events and improving the customer experience.
• Managed the 2015 Furusiyya Fédération Equestre Internationale Nations Cup from the bid through completion producing record attendance, global media exposure and numerous competitor accolades.
• Lead effort to improve the equestrian customer experience and improve on-site competition management by introducing best in class cloud based information system.
• Expanded and improved external relationships with primary national and international organizations.
• Managed government relations in Ocala, Florida
PAN AMERICAN EQUESTRIAN CONFEDERATION, PAEC.
The Pan-American Equestrian Confederation, whose initials are PAEC, is a not-for-profit organization recognized by the FEI and is a member of the Pan-American Sports Organization (PASO). PAEC is composed of the National Equestrian Federations of the American continents and is headquartered in Lexington, KY.
"The appointment of Mr. Straus speaks to the growth of PAEC as we prepare for the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto and for continuing the development of equestrian sport in the Americas and the Caribbean," said Carmen Barrera (ESA), President of PAEC.
WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW ASSN. LTD, Washington, DC 2009-2011
Chief Executive Officer
The Washington International Horse Show is a fifty-three year old championship equestrian competition and entertainment event held at Verizon Center in downtown DC. The horse show is a 501 (c)(3) with an annual budget of $3,000,000 that attracts national and international elite competitors who compete for more than $400,000 in prize money.
Reporting directly to the President, responsible for all daily operations, sponsorship development, marketing, venue relations, interaction with DC government agencies and equestrian sport oversight.
• Developed an innovative marketing and sponsorship plan that attracted eight new corporate sponsors and increased total sponsorship revenue by 20%.
• Successfully negotiated a multiple year lease at a lower base rent at Verizon Center.
• Increased event attendance on key nights and grew ticket revenue by 5%.
• Led team that narrowed 2008 year end loss of $308,000 by 85% to $46,000 in 2010.
THE AMERICAN HORSE SHOWS ASSOCIATION, New York, NY 1994 – 1997
(Now known as The United States Equestrian Federation in Lexington, KY)
The National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport (28 breeds and disciplines) in the United States, including representation to the International Governing Body, the Federation Equestre Internationale and to the United States Olympic Committee.
Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer (1996-1997)
Assistant Executive Director (1994-1995)
Reporting directly to the President and to the Board of Directors, was responsible for all operations and financial results at the headquarters in New York City with a staff of 80, the equine drug testing laboratory in Ithaca, New York with a staff of 4 and the Drugs & Medications office in Columbus, Ohio with a staff of 4.
• Improved the delivery of membership services to 75,000 members.
• Improved cash flow by initiating credit card processing system and reduced receivables by 75%.
• Conceived and created a three nation (United States, Canada, Mexico) financial support agreement for North American Young Riders Championship, which reduced organizing committee costs and helped to keep event viable.
• Strengthened cooperation as member of "The Inner Circle" with counterparts at key European national federations: Germany, Ireland, Sweden and The Netherlands.
• Improved staff morale and reduced turnover by 10%, produced positive year end financial results.
• Served as an expert witness for the US Government and testified in two Federal trials resulting in successful prosecutions for equine insurance fraud.
THE DALLAS INTERNATIONAL SPORTS COMMISSION, Dallas, TX 1993 – 1994
Chaired by Tom Landry, Jr., a Not-for-Profit whose mission was to identify, solicit, attract and support Olympic and Professional sports events to North Texas.
Director of Programs & Operations
Reporting directly to the President, responsible for a three person team charged with developing, oversight and execution of all programmatic activities.
• Led a three person team that developed the response proposal for Dallas to be designated as one of three satellite soccer venues for the 1996 Olympic Games.
• Team leader for developing the Modern Pentathlon bid including venue, logistics planning and competition plan for Dallas' bid for the 1998 Goodwill Games.
• Provided pre competition assistance and support for the 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 1994 World Cup.
• Assisted in maintaining relationships with the offices of the Mayor, City Manager, Chief of Police and Members of the Dallas City Council.
THREE DAY FARM, Inc., McKinney, TX 1976 – 1993
Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Walter Straus & Son, Inc.
A family owned training and competition facility that successfully bought, sold, boarded and trained horses for competition.
The premier multi-discipline site for equestrian competition with permanent stabling for 200 horses, 14 stall main barn, which hosted four major competitions annually drawing entries from seven state area.
• Co-managed events, facility management, event marketing and sponsorship development.
• Developed Winter competition series.
• Actively competed in Hunter, Jumper and Combined Training.