August 23, 2010
The Board of Directors of the United States Youth Cricket Association
has unanimously approved the appointment of Michael Thomas as the
organization's first Treasurer. One of Thomas' first priorities will be
to oversee the process through which USYCA attains 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
Michael Thomas retired in 2005 and as a Fellow of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in England & Wales had a distinguished career
in financial and corporate management, starting with Peat, Marwick,
Mitchell & Co. in London and followed by nineteen years in various
capacities for SmithKline Beecham Corporation (now Glaxo SmithKline).
These included the posts of Chief Accountant at SmithKline Laboratories
Ltd (UK) and General Manager & European Treasurer for SmithKline's
European HQ in London, before relocating to Philadelphia in 1986 as
Senior Director, Corporate Development at SmithKline Corporation. In
1991, Michael accepted the post of Chief Financial Officer & V.P.
Business Development at Telor Ophthalmic Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and took
them public, before embarking on a career as Chief Financial Officer in
biotechnology organizations embracing both start-up and public
On the cricketing front, Michael played for the Old Albanian Cricket
Club in England for 26 years, finishing as Club Captain and is now in
his 25th year at the British Officer's Cricket Club in Philadelphia. A
former Club Captain and President of the BOCC, and a co-Founder of the
Philadelphia International Cricket Festival, Mike still plays league
cricket in the Garden State League (NJ) and the Philadelphia Cricket
League; he formerly played for four years in the Boston Cricket League.
Mike sits on the Board of Directors of the C.C. Morris Cricket Library
and Museum at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
"I have watched with great interest the remarkable progress and
collective energy evident within the USYCA in it's formative year," said
Thomas. "After a lifetime in cricket and cricket organization, I am
delighted with the opportunity to help contribute towards a potentially
significant milestone in the development and co-ordination of youth
cricket in the U.S."
USYCA President Jamie Harrison said, "We're honored and excited to
have someone of Michael Thomas' experience and talent join USYCA in such
a critical position as treasurer. I think his willingness to serve
speaks volumes not only of his deep commitment to cricket, but also to
the importance he attaches to the role of USYCA in the future of
USYCA is a network of volunteer organizations that promotes good
health and an active lifestyle for children through cricket and has
recently announced a partnership with the President's Council on
Physical Fitness and Sports. The groundbreaking USYCA Schools Program is
being offered free of charge to any American school system that
expresses an interest. The USYCA is dedicated to introducing cricket to
American children by supporting local youth cricket organizations and by
sharing funding, printed and digital resources, and "best practices."
For more information on the USYCA, visit http://usyouthcricket.org.
Jamie Harrison, President
United States Youth Cricket Association