MLS expansion club Inter Miami CF have a name, a logo, and are now starting to fill out their front office.
The team announced on Thursday they have appointed Jurgen Mainka as the first Chief Business Officer.
Mainka will oversee team and stadium business and manage all non-soccer operations aspects of the club, which includes administration, marketing, communications, sponsorship, ticket sales and stadium operations, according to an Inter Miami release on the news. Mainka will report directly to managing owner Jorge Mas.
“Inter Miami’s ownership group is excited to work with Jurgen in building the business side of our club” stated Mas in a team statement. “Jurgen brings with him expertise in sponsor relationships and the enthusiasm needed to deliver a great fan experience that will benefit our community.”
Mainka joins Inter Miami from Concacaf, where he served first as director of marketing and communications and then chief commercial officer and deputy general secretary over the past five years. Prior to that he was vice president of communications at the New York Red Bulls, and director of marketing and communications for the USA Bid Committee, which worked to prepare US Soccer's bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In addition, he worked with Octagon Worldwide, and previously with the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution.
“It is an honor to be able to contribute to this exciting soccer project in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world,” said Mainka. “I’m looking forward to working with Jorge and the ownership group as we build a global franchise that represents Miami, MLS and its fans both in the USA and abroad, making our community proud on and off the field.”
A native of Mexico, Mainka is fluent in Spanish, German and English and lives in Miami with his family.