Crew chief business officer Steve Lyons has been moved to a “senior advisor” purpose with Haslam Athletics Group, the club announced Wednesday.
Haslam Sports Group — the entity that owns the Crew and is chaired by the greater part homeowners Jimmy and Dee Haslam — did not specify what the new position would be, nor why the conclusion was manufactured.
“Steve’s small business acumen, coupled with his huge practical experience and interactions in the Columbus local community, has been significant to improving our small business operations and our enthusiast engagement during the Columbus Location,” explained Dee and Jimmy Haslam in a assertion. “His leadership served rapidly generate the club forward as a premier Important League Soccer crew in a number of facets. We search forward to Steve continuing to give major direction and course for our workforce as a senior advisor.”
Employed during the 2019 time just after becoming instrumental in the Save The Crew motion with the Columbus Partnership, Lyons was liable for bringing in many new company associates for the Crew. Lyons was instrumental in partnering with Reduced.com for new stadium naming legal rights, OhioHealth for the new coaching facility, and Nationwide as the jersey sponsor.
Lyons also oversaw the Crew’s ticket sales procedure. The Crew announced sellouts for all top quality spaces and the Nordecke supporters’ section prior to the stadium opening on July 3. According to the press release, the Crew have more than doubled their year-ticket memberships considering that Jan. 1, 2019 — about seven months right before Lyons was released as the club’s chief organization officer.
Lyons a short while ago told The Dispatch that period-ticket memberships had been up 45% since the 2019 season.
“We are grateful for his passion and initiatives that led to a lot of significant accomplishments on behalf of our Club, our city and our lovers,” minority owner Dr. Pete Edwards reported in a assertion. “I enjoy the prospect to function closely with him to elevate our earth-class club and the entire Metropolis of Columbus.”
Lyons also was a part of the club’s final decision to rebrand this past spring, when the club modified its name to Columbus SC, only to have supporters revolt and ownership and the front business finally altering the identify to Columbus Crew.
Irrespective of slight modifications to the new logo as part of the club’s stroll-again of the rebrand, some of the club’s most passionate supporters remain obstinate to the new symbol. Lyons disputed that, declaring the new symbol has largely been receptive.
The Crew just completed their very first period in the new stadium, which led to a person of the optimum attended seasons in club historical past. They also have founded partnerships in the neighborhood that past possession mentioned weren’t achievable.
“If you like this activity, this city and this club as a lot as I do, and you have the privilege to function each day with individuals who are passionate about their work opportunities and are the best in the small business, there is no better area in the environment,” Lyons explained in a statement. “I am very pleased of what we completed collectively. Now, I am hunting forward to transitioning into this senior advisory job and continuing to lead to the finest club in MLS.”
Lyons did not return a ask for for additional remark when reached by The Dispatch.
HSG plans to hire a new main company officer for the Crew.