CARY, N.C. (January 24, 2019) - The North Carolina Football Club announced today the addition of veteran ticket sales executive Fred Matthes to its front office staff. Matthes will assume the role of Senior Vice President, Tickets and Premium Sales and will join the club on Monday, January 28. Additionally, Brennan Barber, Vice President, Tickets and Premium Sales will assume the new role of Vice President, Ticket Sales, Analytics, and Partnership Marketing.
“We are thrilled to add Fred to the front office in this key leadership role,” said North Carolina Football Club President and General Manager Curt Johnson. “He is well respected in the industry and his successful experience in professional soccer over his career will be a tremendous asset to the evolution of our ever-growing organization.”
A leader in ticket sales at every level of professional soccer, Matthes joins the club with over 30 years of professional sports experience. Most notably, he spent 17 years at D.C. United of Major League Soccer where he was instrumental in helping shape their sales culture from the inception of MLS in 1995 through 2012, winning several MLS Ticketing Awards along the way.
Most recently, Matthes spent time helping Sacramento Republic FC become an elite member of the United Soccer League in their first few years where they set overall attendance and season ticket sales records in the USL.
A California native, Matthes is a graduate of UCLA where he also played soccer under the direction of Steve Gay and Sigi Schmid.
"I am excited about becoming part of North Carolina Football Club’s front office,” said Matthes. “After being in Cary this past summer and getting to see first-hand how the Club operates, as well as attending matches for both teams, I can say that I am thrilled to join such a top notch, professional soccer organization with a fantastic fanbase. I look forward to bringing my experience from prior soccer clubs to help with the organization’s continued growth.”
Barber, who has led the ticket sales department for the past five years, will continue his involvement in ticket sales with a focus on large group events. He will also add responsibilities in the area of partnership marketing starting with the management and execution of NCFC Youth’s Pro Experience, designed to enhance NCFC Youth members’ involvement with the pro teams. Additionally, Barber will oversee game-night platforms and manage the club’s new relationship with Ticketmaster as it relates to analytics and marketing opportunities.
“Brennan has been a key leader of this organization for the past five years,” Johnson continued. “With his leadership, the organization has continued to grow and build a strong ticket department. This is a great opportunity for him to continue to foster the growth of our club and connect the dots with several of our key partners, and particularly with NCFC Youth.”
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