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Co-Founders Steve Paris & Trey Fitz-Gerald to Lead Efforts on Interim Basis;

Fellow Board Members Dave Crouch & Andy Williams Seek to Expand FOC Board;

Series of Full Shareholder Meetings Scheduled for November  

NASHVILLE / SAALFELDEN, AUSTRIA (Thursday, November 5, 2020) – Fan Owned Club, Inc., on Wednesday accepted the resignation of CEO Mark Ciociola, one of the Club’s original founding trio.

On behalf of all Fan Owned Club owners, volunteers, employees and FC Pinzgau players, fans and staff, both FOC and FCPS would like to thank Ciociola for the vision and efforts that led to the creation of Fan Owned Club over the last two years, and wish Ciociola and his family the best of luck in the future.

Co-Founders Steve Paris and Trey Fitz-Gerald remain on the FC Pinzgau community “Verein” with Saalfelden locals Herbert Bründlinger, Christian Herzog and Siegi Kainz, with the quintet discussing candidates for “Verein” expansion.

In early October, the FOC entity seated its inaugural Board of Directors, where longtime advisor Dave Crouch and North American football legend Andy Williams join Paris and Fitz-Gerald, the duo leading Fan Owned Club on an interim basis.

The quartet continues engagement regarding the future direction and growth for both Fan Owned Club and FC Pinzgau, looking to expand the Board and clearly define roles and responsibilities moving forward in both North America and Europe.

The Board expects to convene a full shareholder meeting during November to divulge details on numerous sporting and business topics. Specific date and time windows for meetings will follow under separate cover.


Steve Paris, 49, FOC co-Founder, has 25 years of experience in both big corporate and startup settings. Since 2009, he has served as Senior Vice President for Aimia, a global loyalty management and data marketing company, where he worked directly with large retailers and consumer packaged goods companies including CVS Health, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Wegmans, General Mills, Unilever and Kraft Heinz. Steve holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis BS and a BS in Sport Management from the UMASS Amherst.

Trey Fitz-Gerald, 50, FOC co-Founder, owns 27 years of media and marketing experience in professional sports, primarily soccer, and is a veteran of five professional organizational launches. Since October of 2018, Trey has worked as an independent marketing contractor for Major League Soccer. Prior to that Trey served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake since 2004, where he oversaw the Club’s branding, marketing, advertising, TV and radio broadcast, media, public and community relations efforts. Fitz-Gerald earned a B.A. in English from Regis (Colo.) University.

Dave Crouch, 52, Strategic Advisor, is the president of ten24 Digital Solutions, an eCommerce software company recently named to Inc Magazine’s Fast 5000 list of private companies. Dave founded ten24 in 2008. He has an extensive background in marketing, media and software sales. Dave has a BS in Communications from Syracuse University, where he was also a member of the varsity soccer team.

Andrew Williams, 43, Strategic Advisor, is a well-known name across the CONCACAF region, and proud MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup Champion.  The Canadian-born playmaker and former Univ. of Rhode Island star represented Jamaica at the FIFA World Cup in 1998 as a 20-year old, then embarking on an illustrious career in Major League Soccer. Williams retired in 2014 after nine seasons with Real Salt Lake, becoming the first Head Scout in MLS while simultaneously joining the Club’s coaching staff. In recent seasons, Williams has utilized his keen eye for talent and deep networks with international and domestic players and agents for the benefit of the Utah side’s MLS, USL and Academy teams.