Through extensive experience in strategic planning, quality control, mega event management, marketing and sales, Eddie Marles has established and managed events and programs in over 16 countries. After being born in Pereira, Colombia, Eddie was educated in New York City and attended several public and private universities.

Stepstone Enterprises (SSE) is an environmentally focused and family oriented sports management company founded by Eddie Marles in 2006.  While money is an important aspect of our lives and sustainability, it is not the primary resource or main objective which SSE focuses on.  SSE focuses on the most important resource of all. The Human Resource.  Funds for achieving all of its philanthropic efforts are entirely generated through company SSE event efforts.

The Italian Soccer Academy (ITSA) is an affiliation program for clubs, players and families, and currently provides a network of services in the industry of soccer. 

One of its main focuses is trainer support, formation and education through a guided process lead by UEFA certified trainers that develop the ITSA curriculum.  This curriculum is specifically aimed at players and their development. 

The program highlights technical support in guiding trainers, players and affiliated clubs in the importance of a structured progression of the training curriculum and player development, focusing on the formation of age appropriate fundamental skills beginning at ages 6-8 and on wards. 

Into adolescence, ITSA provides players with quality cultural and educational knowledge of the sport, as well as International competitive experience and awareness of the importance of character, family values, independence, organization and tolerance. These skills, values and traits are the core of what the ITSA strives to instill in participants, staff and families. 

The ITSA owns and operates camps, soccer schools, International tournaments, coaching support courses and other soccer related activities offered within its services.  The Italian Soccer Academy is powered by adidas and operates currently in USA, Dominican Republic, and Colombia.

The ITSA players compete at the elite level in an International tournament circuit and qualified players are eligible to participate in the ITSA sponsored college and professional showcase events.