New York, NY – Citigroup executive Samuel A. Brooks has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dominican Republic Sports & Education Academy (DRSEA), effective immediately, the Board announced today.
The mission of the DRSEA is to educate young and gifted student athletes in the Dominican Republic, develop their baseball skills, and give them the tools to succeed in life. Through a rigorous educational component, the DRSEA will prepare young boys to have the chance for scholarships at U.S. colleges and universities. For more information, visit www.drsea.org.
Brooks, a three-year member of the trustee board, said of his selection, “I believe the DRSEA is moving in the right direction so I am going to focus on developing and executing, with the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board of the DRSEA, a strategic plan that will further highlight the purpose, strategic goals and performance expectations of DRSEA over the next 12 to 18 months in an effort to maximize our visibility and credibility. This strategic marketing plan goes hand in hand with raising funds for the DRSEA to ensure we succeed in making a difference in the Dominican Republic.”
In another change, Harold Mendez, who chaired the Board of Trustees for a number of years, is now treasurer of the DRSEA.
Mendez said of Brooks’ selection to succeed him, “I am confident that Sam will lead the organization to new heights. He brings a wealth of experience to the position and beyond that he is passionate about the mission of the DRSEA, and that passion will translate into success. We could not have a better person at the helm.”
The DRSEA has also made former Cincinatti Reds star Cesar Geronimo Honorary Chairman of The Board. DRSEA co-founder Charles S. Farrell said of the move, “While the organization prides itself on being multi-ethnic, multi-national and multi-gender, we believe that because our mission is to make a difference in the Dominican Republic, the face of the organization has to be that of a Dominican, and no one represents that more than Cesar.”
Brooks is an AVP at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Prior to joining Citi, he was the Regional Director for Non Public Educational Services Inc. (NESI), an organization providing after school tutoring to New York City public school students in the tri‐state area. Previously, Brooks was the Director of student enrollment for the BELL Foundation whose mission is to increase the academic achievements, self‐esteem, and life opportunities of children living in low‐income, urban communities.
Prior to joining BELL, he was a parent coordinator for in the New York City Department of Education. As a result of his strong ties to the community, Brooks co‐founded the South Bronx‐based non‐profit International Education Resource Center Education Foundation (IERCEF) to provide study abroad opportunities for secondary and post‐secondary minority students, giving them a competitive edge in the post‐grad job market. Before his transition into education, he worked for several years at a market research firm, where he analyzed and summarized corporate finance and M&A transactions for a global financial information firm.