Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has confirmed he will be one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming Soccerex Americas Forum, taking place on 21-22 October in Barbados. 

Having been in the role since 1999, Commissioner Garber brought about a change in fortune for the league, ushering it out of a threatening period of financial underperformance and into one of stability and growth. Under his tenure, the league has expanded to 19 teams across America and Canada, a number which will increase to 21 in 2015, and targets a total of 24 teams by 2020. 

Having just signed a new five-year deal to stay in his role, he will be at the Forum to highlight MLS’s rise within the American sports industry which has seen it overtake basketball and ice hockey in terms of average attendances. As a member of the Caribbean Professional League’s Task Force, Commissioner Garber will also contribute to the discussions around the feasibility of a potential Caribbean professional football league.

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie commented: "Soccer has enjoyed a dramatic rise in popularity and seen a significant commercial growth over the past 10 years, something which Don has been at the centre of. We’re extremely pleased that Don and Major League Soccer will be bringing their commercial expertise, organisational know how and creative flare to share with our delegates."

Garber joins a growing list of industry leaders who will be speaking at the Americas Forum including CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, MLS Medical Coordinator John Gallucci, FIFA & CONCACAF ExCo member Sonia Bien-Aime, Relevent Sports CEO Charlie StillitanoNew York Red Bulls Head Team Physician Dr. Riley J. Williams, Orlando City Founder and President Phil Rawlins, Philadelphia Union Founder CEO/Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz

Manchester United and England Legend Bryan Robson and many more. 

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

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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 18 years ago, Soccerex has hosted over 33 events across five continents. The Soccerex portfolio includes an annual Global Convention complimented by regionalised Forums.

  

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