Breakers make front office changes

(Nov. 10, 2016) – The Boston Breakers announced today that Mark Thomas has been named President of Business Operations and that Lee Billiard transitions to President of Soccer Operations and Development.

(Nov. 10, 2016) – The Boston Breakers announced today that Mark Thomas has been named President of Business Operations and that Lee Billiard transitions to President of Soccer Operations and Development.

Thomas will oversee the day-to-day business operations of the Boston Breakers organization. Responsibilities include sales, marketing, sponsorship, and day-to-day management of the business operations. Thomas will work on building off the current platform with a view to continue its growth financially and expanding the Boston Breakers brand. Under his new role, Thomas will be working on both short- and long-term strategies that will continue moving the organization forward off the field.

The former Head of Business Development for Norwich City Football Club (2013-2014), Thomas’ previous work includes nine years at Octagon Sports Marketing, where he began as a Senior Sales Manager and worked his way up to Vice President of Business Development. Thomas has worked in and around professional sport for over 25 years, beginning as a professional player with Wimbledon FC in the English Premier League. Throughout his career, he has provided several leading companies and sports organizations with consultancy in regards to creating and selling sports sponsorship packages, along with training and developing existing sales teams.

"I am privileged and excited to become a member of the Boston Breakers, and I look forward to driving success off of the field,” Thomas said. “Having attended a few games last season and listening to Matt Beard and Lee Billiard’s plans for the 2017 season, there are certainly reasons for optimism moving forwards."

Billiard will focus solely on the soccer side in his new role as president of soccer operations and development. Billiard will have more involvement in managing the pro team roster than in previous years. He will work directly with the head coach on the roster development, scouting and trade deals, along with maintaining previous soccer roles of overseeing the salary cap, facilities, and day-to-day operations associated with the pro team. Over the years, Billiard has been one of the major factors in building one of the country’s top soccer development pyramids. In his new role, Billiard will oversee all aspects of soccer operations from the pro team all the way down through the Boston Breakers Academy and Development Training Centers.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to focus solely on soccer and be more involved, along with being excited to welcome Mark to the organization. Breaking up the previous role to two people who can now each give 100 percent to their own individual roles will only benefit us on and off the field,” Billiard said. “I have been working with Matt the past couple of months on the roster and trades.  It has been a lot of hard work, but fun, and I believe Matt and I have a very good working relationship. We both trust each others’ opinions, and we both share the same views of the standards we want to bring to the field, not only for the pro team, but also from everything we operate on the soccer side below the pro team.”

Billiard joined the Boston Breakers front office staff as General Manager in 2012, coming from Mass Premier Soccer where he served as Academy Director. After serving as Sales Director for the Boston Breakers during the 2011 season, Billiard took over the managerial reigns from former Breakers General Manager Andrew Crossley.

Billiard has been the lead person in redeveloping the Breakers business model and creating the soccer development pyramid, which now features a reserve team, college team, under-20 team, and more than 70 youth academy teams, along with community camps and clinics in more than 20 towns.

"As we move forward in building the Boston Breakers, we are delighted to bring in Mark to the club and expand the management of the club.  We feel strongly that this split of responsibilities between business operations and the soccer operations will see immediate results on the field as well as in the business," said co-managing partners Michael Stoller and John Power. "Under Lee’s leadership, we achieved tremendous growth in attendance last year, in fact leading the league on that measure, and we expect Mark to drive the attendance and fan experience even further this coming year."

Season tickets for 2017 are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.

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