We are long-time family/friends, long-time members of the South Florida community who emerged from the public education system. As entrepreneurs we value the impact that sports, academics and mentoring has had on our own personal and professional successes. The Home Team represents our efforts to bring the lessons that we learned back to where we started, in the local public education system. We strive to enhance opportunities among children who may be growing up with limited prospects and few mentors.
ALEJANDRO A. POU
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
After graduating from Coral Gables Senior High School in Florida, Alex Pou accepted a full athletic scholarship to the University of Miami. From 2002 to 2006 Pou played on the Miami Hurricanes football team while completing his B.B.A. in Management.
Pou went on to work as a litigation manager at The Campbell Law Group where he specialized in business and corporate law. He then served as a project manager for Odebrecht Construction and Development. He was responsible for the oversight of the $1.2 billion dollar expansion of the North Terminal at the Miami International Airport.
Pou is currently an assistant football coach at his high school alma mater as well as the assistant commissioner at the Pop Warner Youth League in Coconut Grove, FL.
Growing up in Miami, Pou has been a strong supporter of academic and athletic pursuits for young people in the South Florida area. For over 10 years he has been a volunteer for the cause.
Chris Napoli graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He went on to play for three years on the University of Miami Hurricanes football team from 2002 to 2006. While at the university, he completed his undergraduate degree in business as well as obtaining an MBA.
Napoli currently serves as the head of Global Trading for Eastbay Asset Management, LLC in New York. This hedge fund manages over $1 billion in assets invested in the technology, media, consumer and disruptive tech sectors globally. Before this role, he worked as a Global Trader for Diamondback Capital Management, a hedge that managed more than $8 billion in assets through all sectors globally.
Since 2008 Chris has served as member of the University of Miami Citizens Board. Established in 1946, the University of Miami Citizens Board is a select group of more than 250 business, professional, and civic leaders who actively support the University's philanthropic efforts and promote UM programs. Since its inception, the Citizens Board has raised an estimated $454 million for the University and advanced 94 CB members to the University’s Board of Trustees.
As a South Florida native, Napoli is a strong supporter of the development of adolescent student-athletes in the area.
As a graduate of Coral Gables Senior High, Gabriel Pou attended the University of Charleston on a full athletic scholarship. He played for four years on the Golden Eagles football team and completed his B.S. in Biology on the Pre-Med track. While at the university, Pou was heavily involved with the Dynamic Physical Therapy and Genesis Rehabilitation Facility as well as the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association.
He is currently attending the West Virginia University School of Medicine in pursuit of a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
director of recruiting
Austin graduated from Gulliver Preparatory High School in 2010. He attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania where he played football and studied International business. After college, Austin co-founded the start-up company "Gimme Golf Inc.". He worked there for two years before transitioning into sports performance training and consulting. Austin serves as a volunteer Assistant Football Coach at Coral Gables Senior High School. In addition he has been brought on to ensure that all our high school participants graduate on time and have the opportunity to receive an education beyond graduation. Additionally, Austin will serve as our liaison between our elementary and middle school programs and Breakthrough Miami.
DIRECTOR OF EVENT PLANNING/SPECIAL EVENTS
Ashley Horne has long been a supporter of youth athletics and philanthropic development. She is a graduate of James Madison University where she completed a BA in Marketing and B2B Marketing. The time she spent at the University of Antwerp studying these disciplines across Europe prepared her for a career in marketing and event services.
She is responsible for marketing the Mizuho brand. She serves as the lead on all corporate sponsorships. In addition, she oversees the creation, planning, and execution of Mizuho’s corporate events in the United States and Canada.
Prior to joining Mizuho, Ms. Ashley Horne worked as a marketing and business development analyst for a Deloitte spinoff. Ashley lettered in track, cross country, & softball in high school. Ashley’s volunteerism began during her time at James Madison University. She worked with the Tri Sigma foundation projects for the Robbie Page Memorial Fund (for children’s health and medical research), The Leslie George Project, and Paul’s Walk for ALS.