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Harrison Homel Announced as IQA Executive Director

The IQA is thrilled to announce that Harrison Homel, USQ’s former Team’s Director and current Board Member, will serve as the inaugural IQA Executive Director.

The IQA is thrilled to announce that Harrison Homel, USQ’s former Team’s Director and current Board Member, will serve as the inaugural IQA Executive Director.

As IQA Executive Director, Homel will be charged with, among other tasks, setting up the IQA Congress, launching the IQA website and hiring a staff. Once those more immediate tasks have been completed, Homel will manage the daily work of the organization, including helping to plan international events such as Global Games, establishing development grants, and developing international policy.

Homel took over for Kristen Howarth as Teams Director in September 2012. In that position Homel oversaw the eight Regional Directors and was ultimately responsible for ensuring team services worldwide, including the then “international” teams. Prior to serving as Teams Director, Homel was the second West Regional Director, helping to popularize the now-famous “West Coast, Best Coast” chant.

Homel believes that his past experience has prepared him well for his new position with the IQA.

“My role has always had a non-American focus to it,” Homel said. “We developed the national leagues policy which was the organization’s first real start in this direction, and I was very involved in that. More and more, the work I was doing in the former IQA was dealing directly with international matters.”

Homel, who fairly recently moved abroad, has already begun working with the IQA. He was  involved in writing the constitution and worked with worldwide leaders to design the new organization.

The IQA will feature two main branches: a Congress where representatives from each of the national leagues will serve--voicing concern and participating in debates to develop new policies. The other half of the organization will be headed by Homel who will be responsible for managing the day-to-day of the organization including hiring staff and carrying out policies dictated by the Congress.

Homel has set a series of goals for himself in the new position.

“One of my overall goals is to develop trust with the international community and ensure that everyone feels as though this is an organization that they want to be a part of and that they are enthusiastic to participate in,” he said. “There’s work to do in that area and I’m very excited to start building an organization that is truly representative of and for players and leagues around the world.”

On an immediate basis Homel has more modest goals to get the organization off the ground.

“I am looking forward in the very short term to getting my staff together and holding the first IQA Congressional meeting,” he said. “This has been a long time coming, and being able to simply start the work of the organization in earnest is extremely exciting to me.”

Staff positions will be posted on the new IQA website and Homel encourages everyone to apply soon as he would like to start filling the positions right away.