The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation has a new general secretary.
Sheldon Phillips yesterday began his tenure, taking over from former general secretary Richard Groden who vacated office last week after serving since 1998.
TTFF president Raymond Tim Kee expressed his satisfaction with the selection of Phillips which was also passed by the T&T Football Federation executive committee at a meeting on Wednesday evening.
Phillips has managerial expertise in the administrative field. tHis appointment is regarded as a major step towards restoring faith in the federation. He also had a successful spell in sports management in the United States and other parts of the globe.
His role with the TTFF will include managing key external relationships, particularly with other local and international bodies, as well as various stakeholders and partners.
On his appointment, Tim Kee stated: “With my vision for a new beginning for Trinidad and Tobago football and the heights to which I want to see our football reach, I...continue to look at engaging in the kind of human resource that I believe will assist in taking us there. As a result I believe my selection of Sheldon Phillips is most fitting to the cause and one which we are extremely satisfied and excited over.
“We have been greatly impressed by the work that Sheldon has done in the past in football. We are confident that in appointing him as general secretary of the TTFF will provide strong leadership and stability.
US Soccer President and recently elected FIFA Vice President Sunil Gulati holds Phillips in high regards having worked with him dating back to 1992
“I have known Sheldon for over 20 years when we first worked together on US Cup ‘92. He is resourceful and results driven. As the General Secretary, the TTFF will certainly benefit from his experience in the game,” Gulati said.
Phillips also holds a law degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and leveraged his legal training to acquire administrative experience working within charitable organizations, professional sports player associations, and minor league franchises.
The 46-year-old Phillips told TTFF Media he will do, “everything in my power and ability to help lead this organisation with grace and dignity; never forgetting our role and obligation to serve as stewards of a game we cherish, for a nation we love.”
With over 25 years in the sports and event management industry, Sheldon Phillips brings a depth of knowledge, experience, and relationships through his work with FIFA, CONCACAF, and U.S. Soccer among others.
In addition to his administrative work in football, Phillips gained federal and local government experience working as a Legislative Assistant and advisor for California Congressman, Howard L Berman on matters pertaining to health care, social security, and budget legislation.