Geoff Pope is a vice president at ECBM, a large risk management firm based in Philadelphia. He specializes in providing insurance and risk management solutions for several industries including human and social services, real estate, and manufacturing.
Prior to starting his career in insurance, Geoff played for four years in the National Football League. His rookie year ended with winning a Super Bowl Championship as a member of the 2008 New York Giants. Geoff went on to play two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and one season with the Philadelphia Eagles before suffering a career-ending injury. He subsequently returned to Eastern Michigan University to complete his business degree. He graduated in 2011 with a B.B.A. in marketing.
Geoff began working with the Epilepsy Foundation in 2008. Several years prior, his grandmother began having seizures due to complications from brain surgery. He was asked to attend the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, D.C. as an NFL player in support of his grandmother. He joined fellow NFL players Alan Faneca and Jason Snelling as a spokesman for the Foundation in hopes of raising awareness and successfully overcoming misunderstanding and fear surrounding seizures.
In 2013, under recommendation of his mentor, former Congressman Tony Coelho, Geoff was appointed to the Foundation’s Board of Directors as its youngest member. He quickly built a strong relationship with the current president and CEO of the Foundation, Phil Gattone. Phil and Geoff began meeting in hopes of establishing a strong initiative geared towards helping athletes with epilepsy across the country through creating signature events. Those discussions came to fruition and shortly thereafter, the Athletes vs. Epilepsy initiative was launched.
Today, Geoff co-chairs Athletes vs. Epilepsy with his close friend, Samuel Estes. Geoff and Sam’s relationship stems back to Eastern Michigan University where they first met as college football teammates almost 15 years ago. Geoff is glad to lead this initiative with Sam as they actively work together to make it a success.