Hunt Sports Group Chairman Clark Hunt today named Douglas Quinn president and chief executive officer of FC Dallas. Quinn will begin his tenure with the club Aug. 2.
Quinn will be officially introduced in his new role during a press conference at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco on Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT. The press conference will be streamed live via the club's website.
Quinn joins FC Dallas
after six years with MLS affiliate Soccer United Marketing, the leading
commercial soccer company in North America, where he served as president. Hunt
said the hiring marked a significant development for FC Dallas
“We are thrilled to welcome Doug to FC Dallas, and look forward to his leadership of the club for many years to come,” Hunt said. “As one of the top executives in professional sports, I am confident that Doug will make FC Dallas the premier club in MLS for our fans and enhance Pizza Hut Park’s standing as one of the elite entertainment venues in the country.”
Upon joining SUM in May 2004, Quinn spearheaded MLS's landmark agreement with adidas and helped the league to realize a significant increase in sponsorship revenue and activation. Additionally, he developed the current business model for SUM and MLS special events, and he was a key member of the team that secured long-term national television agreements for MLS with ABC/ESPN, Univision, Fox Soccer Channel and HDNet.
Most recently, Quinn managed the creation of SuperLiga, the innovative
professional tournament between MLS and Mexico's First Division clubs that
began in July 2007.
Quinn said he is excited about the future of FC Dallas and eager to begin his new role.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead FC Dallas and honored to be a part of the tremendous soccer heritage of North Texas,” Quinn said. “The Hunt family’s commitment to soccer in the United States paved the way for the success of MLS, and I look forward to building a world-class, championship club for our supporters.”
Quinn has extensive experience in the sports and entertainment industries, including 14 years with the National Football League in a number of senior management, marketing and sales positions. Prior to joining SUM, Quinn served as president of Entertainment Marketing Partners, an entertainment media and corporate consulting firm based in Los Angeles.
“Doug Quinn has been a great leader and valuable member of the MLS and Soccer United Marketing executive team,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “His contributions during the past six years have helped establish SUM as one of the pre-eminent soccer commercial companies in the world.”
“I am so pleased that Doug will remain in the ‘MLS family’ as the president and CEO of FC Dallas. His varied experience and strong business skills will help the club become one of the top organizations in MLS.”
Quinn's career with the NFL saw him contribute to the NFL's triple-digit growth in retail sales during the early 1990s, as he developed many of the NFL's most successful integrated marketing programs with key corporate partners like VISA, FOX and Reebok.
In his role as senior vice president and managing director of NFL International, Quinn was responsible for the NFL's international operations and development activities, including management of a staff of more than 190 people across 11 offices, overseeing media sales, production and distribution, corporate partnerships, licensing and marketing.
Quinn also supervised the development and production
of the American Bowl games and the NFL's six-team development league, NFL
Born November 9, 1962, Quinn earned bachelor’s degrees in marketing and English from Southern Methodist University and an MBA concentrating in international business and finance from the University of Texas. Quinn will be joined in Dallas by his wife Elizabeth and two daughters, Taylor and Schuyler.