Top: Melissa Murphy Weber discusses fraud prevention. Lower left: Megan McKeown (Assistant Coach, Main Line Accounting) and Erin Friday (President, Main Line Accounting) pose with Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome. Lower right: More than 35 organizations and 50 representatives attended the first annual Business Summit.
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer hosted the 2018 Business Summit at the Sheraton Valley Forge on Wednesday, May 2. The event was intended to educate the membership on best business practices for their soccer organizations. The Business Summit featured experienced professionals in a variety of fields that are pertinent to youth soccer organizations, including insurance, accounting for non-profits, fraud prevention, contractor vs. employee questions and fiduciary responsibility and role of board of directors.
"It's up to us to ensure our community is provided with the best in service, support and advocacy," said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome in introducing the Business Summit. "It's crucial to membership growth and retention that we provide a secure, transparent and comfortable environment for our families."
Representatives from leagues and clubs from all over the state association were in attendance with more than 35 different organizations and 50 attendees in total.
The Business Summit ran from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, with the following presentations. Each presentation is linked in the title:
Insurance by Mike Holland (Elite P&C), Scott Lunsford (K&K Insurance), Jason Thrash (K&K Insurance)
Accounting for Non-Profits by Denise McKnight, CPA (Friedman LLP), Megan McKeown, CPA (Main Line Accounting)
Fraud Prevention by Stewart Greenleaf, Esq. (Elliott Greenleaf Law Firm), Melissa Murphy Weber, Esq. (Elliott Greenleaf Law Firm), Erik Carrozza, CPA (The Center for Fraud Prevention)
Employment Practice, Contractor vs. Employee by Bill Wright (Fisher Phillips)
Fiduciary Responsibility & Role of the Board of Directors by Chris Branscome (Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer), David Jones (Montgomery United), John DiGiuseppe (West Chester United/Penn Fusion)
They Said It...
"Youth soccer has progressed and grown beyond just the game and into a business. The 2018 Business Summit was intended to impress upon clubs and teams the importance of having in place various business controls necessary to run a fiscally-prudent soccer organization regardless of size. Failure to do so compromises the focus of youth soccer and youth sports in general: our youth." - Melissa Murphy Weber, Esq. (Elliott Greenleaf Law Firm), who presented as part of the Fraud Prevention panel
"I think the biggest takeaway today was seeing the things we’re doing right as a club and seeing the things we need to start implementing as a club, as far as policies go and changes like that. I think for our club, this size, especially this is the thing you have to come to make sure you’re in the right place so you can grow and you do have the right foundation." - Jimmy Wallace, Technical Director, FC Brandywine
"In my opinion, a lot of soccer clubs are run by soccer people. And the reality of it is in this day and age, these are businesses. Most are non-profit, but to be successful, they have to be run as businesses. This meeting will definitely help people get a better understanding of how to run their organization as a business and therefore make it more successful. I would highly recommend it to every club in Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer regardless of size or philosophy." - Biff Sturla, President, Lower Merion Soccer Club