Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"MLS Expansion Team NYC FC Makes Three Executive Hires"

SportsBusiness Daily is reporting that NYCFC has added three new staff members:

MLS Expansion Team NYC FC Makes Three Executive Hires

By Christopher Botta, Staff Writer
November 12, 2013

NYC FC, which begins MLS play in '15, has hired Doug Fillis as Senior VP/Partnerships, Josh Neier as VP/Finance and Mike Quarino as VP/Ticket Sales & Fan Services. Fillis most recently was Rutgers Senior Associate AD/Administration, where he was a colleague of former AD Tim Pernetti, who is NYC FC's Chief Business Officer. Neier spent the last 10 years at MLS, most recently as Senior Dir of Finance. Quarino was VP/Ticket Sales & Fan Services for the MLS Union. All three begin their positions with NYC FC immediately.
Very interesting. We knew about Mike Quarino, but I don't believe the other two had previously been announced.

The organization is coming together. And they bring some good experience within the sport.

UPDATED 11:14 PM:   The announcement is now up on the club's website, with more information on the three new hires:
Three new leaders at Major League Soccer’s 20th team preparing for inaugural season.

Doug Fillis, Josh Neier and Mike Quarino will take the newly created roles of Senior Vice President, Partnerships, Vice President, Finance and Vice President, Ticket Sales & Fan Services respectively.

Speaking of the new hires, Tim Pernetti, Chief Business Officer of New York City Football Club said, "Launching a Major League Soccer expansion team, especially in a market like New York City, requires progressive and experienced leadership in the front office. In Doug, Josh and Mike we have a team with proven leadership and real expertise in their fields in roles which we have identified as central to our growth. These additions to our team are an exciting step on the path to building a premier Major League Soccer Club."

For the past eight years, Fillis has worked in college athletics, most recently at Rutgers University as Senior Associated Athletic Director for Administration. In this role he was responsible for sealing a $65 million partnership with IMG College, overseeing the school’s $100 million fundraising campaign, and securing and leading major sponsor partnerships. Prior to this, Fillis oversaw all revenue businesses, development, and fundraising at the U.S. Military Academy, managing the naming rights agreement with Siemens and, the business plan, including sponsorship and revenue creation, for the Army at Yankee Stadium Series.

Both Neier and Quarino come to NYCFC from previous jobs within Major League Soccer. Neier previously spent 10 years in the finance department of Major League Soccer and was most recently Senior Director, Finance, for the League. Quarino most recently spent five years with Philadelphia Union as Vice President of Ticket Sales & Fan Services, overseeing all ticket programs and revenue as well as serving as an integral part of the senior management team that launched the Union as an expansion team in 2010.

Quarino also spent six years as a Senior Manager of Ticket Programs with the New York Red Bulls, responsible for the Group Sales Department where he was named in the MLS Ticket Sales Best XI in both Total Revenue and Group Ticket Sales in 2007 and 2008.

The three new hires will join Tim Pernetti and Claudio Reyna, Director of Football, in NYCFC’s front office with immediate effect.

Announced in May 2013, New York City Football Club will be the league's 20th team, beginning play in the 2015 season. The team was launched in partnership by Manchester City Football Club and the New York Yankees and is led by Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano.

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