David Dein, one of the architects of the Premier League, has confirmed his participation at Soccerex’s Americas Forum, 21-22 October, taking place at the renowned Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados. 

Dein will be featuring on a panel titled ‘Expanding Into Football History’ looking at league creation and expansion, he will be speaking alongside MLS Commissioner Don Garber and W Connection FC owner David Williams, two members of the special CONCACAF Task Force set up to look into the formation of a Caribbean Premier League. 

An incredibly influential figure in the global game, Dein is the former Vice Chairman of the FA and Arsenal and is often credited as the brains behind the creation of the Premier League in 1992. Dein played a key role in helping to transform the English game into the multi-billion pound industry it is today and will bring a huge amount of knowledge and industry experience to the panel.  

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has been pivotal to the expansion of the MLS which has grown from having 10 clubs, when Garber was appointed to his role in 1999, to welcoming its 21st club in 2015. Having signed a deal to stay in his role until 2019, Garber will be at the Forum to highlight MLS’s rise within the American sports industry in addition to contributing to discussions around the feasibility of a potential Caribbean professional football league given his role as a member of the Caribbean Professional League’s Task Force.

David Williams is another member of the Caribbean Professional League’s Task Force and has a wealth of experience in sport across the continent. Given his role as owner and president of Digicel Premier League side W Connection FC, Williams has the insider knowledge of what it takes to run a Caribbean football club and will be invaluable member of the Task Force that is seeking to create a Caribbean Premier League. 

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie commented: "Given the rise in football across the continent and the proposals for a Caribbean Professional Football League, the discussion will offer some groundbreaking insight into the future of football in the region. We are delighted to be holding our 2014 Americas forum in Barbados and very excited that David, Don and Damien will be bringing their industry knowledge and commercial experience to the event which looks set to be a great couple of days."

Dein, Garber and Williams are the latest leaders confirmed to speak at the Americas Forum with high profile names such as CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, MLS Medical Coordinator John Gallucci, New York Red Bulls Head Team Physician Dr. Riley J. Williams and FIFA & CONCACAF ExCo member Sonia Bien-Anne joining former Manchester United and England legend Bryan Robson amongst many others.

For full information about Soccerex please visit http://www.soccerex.com/americas // call +44 (0)20 8987 5522 // email: enquiry@soccerex.com

About Soccerex

Established in 1995, Soccerex is the leading provider of business events for the global football community. Bringing together key industry decision makers from the world of football, Soccerex provides a unique commercial environment where delegates can benefit from exclusive business opportunities, networking and bespoke educational content. Since its launch 19 years ago, Soccerex has hosted over 32 events across five continents. The Soccerex portfolio includes an annual Global Convention complimented by continental Forums and regional Seminars.

About the Americas Forum 

The Soccerex Americas Forum will be taking place in Barbados from 21st-22nd October 2014 at the The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The Forum brings the leading decision makers in the Americas football world together with businesses from across the continent and the world for two days of unrivalled learning, networking and business opportunities with the aim of uniting the business of football in the Americas. The event will see 1,000 senior football decision makers under one roof in a vibrant networking environment. By being part of this industry leading event you are placing your business at the heart of the Americas football industry.

For full information about Soccerex and future Soccerex events please visit http://www.soccerex.com // call +44 (0)20 8742 7100 // email enquiry@soccerex.com