Matt Libber, CSEE, is vice president of business operations at Elite Tournaments. As a 2017 Connect Sports Game Changer, Libber discusses his passion for sports tourism.
What I do: I oversee day-to-day business operations for the soccer and lacrosse tournament company, as well as manage all department heads. I have direct oversight of the business development department.
How I got here: I have been with Elite Tournaments since its inception. For the first 10 years, I also maintained separate full-time jobs in project management, which enabled me to help Elite Tournaments grow and improve our product. Once we hit the tipping point in our growth, going full-time with Elite Tournaments was the natural progression.
Why I am a game changer: My biggest contribution to the sports industry has been working with my peers and colleagues within the industry. I have been an outspoken advocate for more and better professional development offerings, particularly for event rights holders. I have also begun mentoring new and aspiring professionals in our industry, as well as students looking to work in sports.
My greatest career accomplishment: I developed our international soccer event programs, which are tied to Tottenham Hotspur FC and Southampton FC of the English Premier League.
Impressive stats: I’ve helped increase the number of events from 31 in 2012 to 62 in 2017, equating to a 100 percent increase over five years. From January 2006 through March 2017, we have had 42,977 teams participate in our events, which approximately equates to 773,586 participants.
What I’m working on: The Southampton Cup will be new for 2017 and is already shaping up to be a high-profile event. We are also building and expanding our lacrosse offerings and working on a significant facility project that we will partly own and fully operate.
What I do outside of work: I am on the board of directors for NASC; co-chair the sports legacy committee; and sit on the mentor, professional education and symposium committees; also a terrible golfer and amateur sailor.