A community leader, Hassan Yatim’s winning formula in business has equaled success for the Massachusetts Pirates, making the organization one of the most stable in the Indoor Football League. As Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner, Hassan’s leadership from day one has helped to make the Pirates successful on the field and across the Bay State as a civic minded organization working with numerous charitable causes.
Born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Hassan lived in the West African country until ultimately moving to Boston when he was 17. In 1987 he graduated with a degree in economics from Suffolk University.
Currently he is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Yatco Energy, owning the company alongside two of his brothers Tarek and Khalil. Yatco Energy is a wholesale fuel distribution company operating in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Yatco Energy also owns and operates over 20 gas stations across the Bay State with the majority serving the people of central Massachusetts.
Hassan is married to Maria Elena Yatim who together have raised three children; Esteban, Jawad and Nina.
FOUNDER, CO-OWNER, PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER & DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP SALES
After the Massachusetts Pirates won the 2021 United Bowl to claim the Indoor Football League Championship, Jawad Yatim, the Pirates Founder, Co-Owner, President, General Manager and Director of Corporate Partnership Sales said, “You know where we’re from, so one (title) isn’t enough. We want more. This is just the beginning. We want to keep bringing championships to Worcester. We want to keep bringing championships to Massachusetts because this is title town, this is the city of champions.”
One would think the odds of that happening are in Yatim’s favor considering his track record with the organization. In 2017 he developed the blueprint for an indoor football team to play in Massachusetts. In 2018 he made his dream a reality as he and his father were granted a franchise in the National Arena League. The Pirates would go on to have their Quarterback and Head Coach both collect league MVP and Head Coach of the Year honors, however the goal was always to win a championship and the Pirates came close with an 11-5 record, securing the top seed in the Playoffs.
After making the playoffs in year two, Yatim moved his franchise to the Indoor Football League. He assembled a team that produced the best season in the history of the franchise. His collection of talent enabled the team to finish 11-3, win its first ever playoff game, an IFL Championship, 14 wins overall and carry an 11-game winning streak into the 2022 season, while ultimately becoming the youngest owner and operator in professional football history to win a championship. Yatim would also go on to collect the Key to the City of Worcester, Massachusetts on behalf of the organization for securing the first professional sports championship in the city’s history.
The 2019 Last Word on Sports NAL Executive of the Year continued his success in 2021 as a General Manager as nine of his players were named to All-IFL post-season teams. Two of those players were also named to the league’s All-Rookie Team. At the same time, Yatim continued to promote his players as one signed an NFL contract and another signed with a Canadian Football League team, with multiple players receiving contract offers. Those were just the latest players that Jawad has helped to advance their careers, as over 20 former Pirates have signed with NFL, CFL, XFL, and AAF franchises since the organization’s inception.
Like his father, Jawad takes pride in making the Pirates great corporate citizens as the franchise has partnered with over 30 civic groups and non-profit organizations while giving back to the communities across the state of Massachusetts, ultimately earning the 2019 NAL Community Relations Award.
Before becoming an owner, Jawad enjoyed success on the field. A graduate of Shrewsbury High School in 2008, Yatim led his team to a state championship and an undefeated 13-0 record. As a senior quarterback he left his school as its all-time leading passer. Yatim would go on to attend Milford Academy, Dean Junior College, Bethune-Cookman University, Assumption College and ultimately graduating from Mt. Ida College, leaving as the third all-time leading passing in school history. There he was also an All-Conference performer as well an honorable mention All-American, leading his conference in total yards and total touchdowns as a Junior. Following his college career, Yatim would go on to play two seasons of Arena and Indoor football for the Cedar Rapids Titans, the Billings Wolves and the Tri-Cities Fever of the Indoor Football League and the Dalian Dragon Kings of the China Arena Football League.