Steven Temares has been part of the ownership group of Sky Blue Soccer since 2009. He is the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., which operates under the names Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, Harmon or Harmon Face Values, buybuy BABY and World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus. In addition, The Company operates Of A Kind, an e-commerce website that features specially commissioned, limited edition items from emerging fashion and home designers. The Comany also operates Linen Holdings, a provider of a variety of textile products, amenities and other goods to institutional customers in the hospitality, cruise line, food service, healthcare and other industries. Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates seven retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond. He is a graduate of Rutgers University – where he serves on the Board of Overseers – and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In addition, he is on the Advisory Board and Board of Directors of the New York Mets.
Temares and his wife, Amy, have three daughters, two of whom still play soccer.
Philip D. Murphy, along with his wife, Tammy, and four kids – Josh, Emma, Charlie and Sam – proudly call New Jersey their home. A Harvard graduate, Murphy worked for over 20 years at Goldman Sachs, ending his full-time career on the firm’s management committee in 2003. He and his wife are the founders of 2nd Floor, a hugely successful teen helpline in New Jersey, and he additionally served as board president of 180 Turning Lives Around for victims of violence and abuse. Nationally, Murphy served on the board of the NAACP’s Special Contribution Fund, and he also chaired the executive committee of Local Initiatives Support Corporation that has transformed countless urban neighborhoods across the country.
Murphy chaired the New Jersey Benefits Task Force in 2005, also co-chairing (with former Governor Janet Napolitano and Professor Roger Wilkins) Renewing our Schools, Securing our Future: A Task Force on Public Education for the 21st Century. He then worked on the National Finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee in 2006, and the DNC raised nearly $300 million during his tenure. A founding partner of the Democracy Alliance, President Barack Obama asked Murphy to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, where he served from 2009 until 2013. He and his wife have now recently established New Start New Jersey, a “think and do” organization aimed at finding, debating and implementing bold ideas that can jump-start New Jersey’s economy from the middle class out.
Soccer is a particular passion for the entire Murphy family. Phil was a driving force in bringing Sky Blue FC to New Jersey, and he remains the majority owner. All Murphys play, to a greater or lesser degree, the beautiful game.
Thomas Hofstetter founded Sky Blue Soccer in September 2006 with the vision of the organization becoming the premier brand in women’s soccer both nationally and internationally.
Hofstetter is the Managing Partner of Points Group, an international consulting and marketing agency offering services and products designed to help organizations grow. A German native, Hofstetter has played soccer for more than 35 years. He and his wife, Chris, have four children and are avid Bundesliga fans.