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St. Louis Ambush  -  Team Office
2480 Executive Drive
Suite 201
St. Charles, MO 63303

Phone: (636) 922-2255 

Email: info@missourisportsholdings.com

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aghambush111Andrew Haines – Owner/Chief Executive Officer
Follow Andrew on Twitter  @andrewghaines 

View Andrew Haines's profile on LinkedIn

At age 19 Andrew created his first business, which was in the commercial construction industry.

From there Andrew & Leah founded a window coverings retail business, which had 3 locations. In 2001 the couple started their first sports teams while also developing a specialty advertising company called Biz Sellers.

Through Biz Sellers, Andrew & Leah have personally bought and sold dozens of businesses in a variety of sectors.

Since 2001 the Andrew has started over 30 minor league sports teams in indoor football, hockey, and basketball. In addition to sports team ownership, the pair also has owned several minor league sports leagues in indoor football, hockey, and basketball.

The Haines’s currently have ownership in multiple businesses including a Marketing Agency and Manufacturing Company. They volunteer at several charities, and have served as board members on 3 non-profit organizations. The couple has a daughter Natira, and son A.J..

 

michael_favazza_headshot_200x250Michael R. Favazza, CPA - Chief Financial Officer

Favazza was born in and has been a lifelong resident of St. Louis. He is the owner of Favazza & Associates, LLC, a Certified Public Accounting and Business Consulting firm located in St. Charles County. Michael is a graduate of the University of Missouri St. Louis and has worked in public accounting for over 30 years.

Favazza said he enjoys working with business owners and individuals to help them achieve their financial goals. His philosophy of being a financial partner in each business and with each business owner is the key to his many successes. Favazza has served on many Boards of Directors and has served in leadership positions for associations that serve the St. Louis and St. Charles communities.

 

 

leahambushLeah Haines – President

Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Leah attended Lancaster Bible College, in Lancaster, PA. While in school, she met her husband Andrew.  

Leah is the steering wheel of the daily operations at Missouri Sports Holdings.  In addition to overseeing the daily operations of Missouri Sports Holdings, and its subsidiaries, she keeps Andrew in line!

Leah co-founded a window coverings retail business with 3 locations.  Since 2001 she has worked with Andrew in starting over 30 minor league sports teams throughout the country.  Over the last 13 years Leah has held ownership interest in a variety of business ventures.

The Haines’s currently have ownership in multiple businesses including a Marketing Agency and Manufacturing Company. They volunteer at several charities, and have served as board members on 3 non-profit organizations. The couple has a daughter Natira, and son A.J..

 

BRprofile picBrian Roth – Assistant General Manager

Brian was born and raised in Chester, IL (Home of Popeye The Sailorman) and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in May, 2000 with a B.A. Degree in Recreation Management. He grew up a die-hard fan of the St. Louis Steamers, Storm, and Ambush and has extensive knowledge of the MISL.

After working part-time with the Ambush during his college years, Brian spent 7 years as the Director of Leagues and Fitness for the City of Perryville, MO at their $10 million Perry Park Center. While living in Perryville, he also served as PA Announcer for the Southeast Missouri State women’s soccer team and football team. He then moved to Kansas City in December, 2007 to take a Sales Executive position in the Youth Soccer Department with the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) of Major League Soccer.

In August, 2010, Brian left the Wizards to help start the Missouri Comets of the MISL as a Senior Account Executive. After Comets ownership added additional sports teams in 2011, Brian was promoted to Ticket Sales Manager for not only the Comets, but also the KC Command of the Arena Football League and FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League (began in 2013).

Brian is excited about moving back to St. Louis and looking forward to reviving professional soccer in the St. Louis Metro area. In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time with family and friends, plays indoor soccer as much as possible, and is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, FC Kansas City, US Soccer and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.


jim_fossell_200Jim Fossell
– Director of Public Relations

Jim Fossell is a lifelong St. Louis area resident and an avid fan of indoor soccer dating back to the original Steamers in the 1980’s.

Jim’s experience includes doing public relations and marketing work for professional wrestling, indoor soccer, small businesses and numerous elected officials throughout the St. Louis area.

When it was announced that the World Indoor Soccer League had awarded a franchise to the Steamers to play at the Family Arena starting in 2000, Jim built his first website. “St. Louis Steamers – An Unofficial Website by Jim Fossell” grew to become a prominent site, earning accolades from players and fans alike.

When new owners took over the franchise prior to the 2004-05 season, one of them visited Jim’s unofficial website and was impressed with what he saw. That eventually led to Fossell joining the Steamers front office as webmaster of the team’s official website in December 2004. Jim’s duties were later expanded to include writing press releases, creating graphics for promotional materials, and authoring the “View from the Stands” column.

When the St. Louis Ambush franchise was announced, Fossell created his unofficial Ambush website (ambushfans.com), which also features one of the most complete compilations of St. Louis Indoor Soccer History found anywhere. 

Jim is excited about the resurgence of professional indoor soccer in the St. Louis metro area and said, “I am truly honored to be part of the Ambush franchise and looking forward to contribute to the club’s success.” When not working, Jim enjoys spending time with family and friends, bowling, and admits he is addicted to his favorite television show, The Walking Dead.

 

brad_cleveland_200Bradley Cleveland — Director of Communications

Bradley Cleveland was born in Collinsville, Illinois where he played his youth and high school soccer. Bradley then attended Mount St. Clare College in Clinton Iowa on a soccer scholarship. While in Clinton Bradley also played rugby for the Muddy River Rugby Club. Bradley then transferred to SIUC were his concentration was in Public Relations.

Bradley’s professional career started as a Community Relations and Event Management Intern with the Southern Illinois Baseball Group. On completion of his internship Bradley took a positions with the newly formed Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League. Bradley acted as Community Relations Manager and Account Executive. Bradley was then given the opportunity to come back to the St. Louis area and become the Director of Ticket Operations and Event Marketing for Saint Louis Athletica of the Woman’s Professional Soccer League. While with Athletica Bradley also ran the Community Relations and Ticket Operations for AC St. Louis of the NASL. Bradley has also been employed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an Event Operations Manager since 2001.

Bradley enjoys playing soccer, fishing, and golfing in his spare time. Bradley resides in St. Louis and is happy to keep the tradition of soccer in St. Louis alive and well.

 

don_lacy_200Don Lacy – Account Executive

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brennan_giesler_200Brennan Giesler — Account Executive

Brennan Giesler has soccer in his blood, literally.  Brennan is the great grandson of Walter Giesler, named as the inventor of the Hoc-Soc along with Charley McBride.  Hoc-Soc is a form of indoor soccer that is a predecessor to the indoor soccer we know today.

Brennan has always had a passion for the game, growing up watching the Ambush, Steamers, and Storm. He played CYC soccer for St. Elizabeth/St. Roberts as a kid, then Red Star & White Star Soccer Clubs and St. Charles West High School.  Although he no longer plays organized soccer, Brennan still enjoys kicking the ball around with friends.

Giesler joined the Ambush in November, 2013 and said he is glad to do his part to help promote professional soccer in St. Louis.

When not busy with the Ambush, Brennan is also owns Fleur-de-lys Realty on the southwest corner of the Hill at Hampton and Arsenal.