Warren led the planning, start up, and operations for SRFC, the most successful USL Championship club in USL history. SRFC set multiple league records in attendance and club revenues, and SRFC entered the playoffs every year under his leadership, winning the 2014 USL Pro Championship. In May 2017, Warren led the transition and sale of SRFC’s assets to an investor group that actively is undertaking to elevate the club to MLS.
Warren also led the development and sale of Clean World Partners in 2012 to Synergic Ventures and successfully built the first food waste digester systems in the USA. These systems utilized the disruptive anaerobic digester technology invented at UC Davis to create clean transportation fuel and electricity.
Additionally, Warren led the grassroots effort to build a professional baseball stadium and attract a professional baseball team to the Sacramento area. He successfully negotiated all real estate agreements necessary for acquiring and assembling the land which collectively comprises the Raley Field stadium site in West Sacramento, and he led various financing efforts relating to stadium development, which included the largest naming rights partnership in minor league baseball at the time. He also led River City Sports & Entertainment, Inc. through a joint venture arrangement with Savage Baseball Group that resulted in construction of Raley Field and the founding of the Sacramento River Cats (initiated as the AAA affiliate of the MLB Oakland Athletics). The River Cats have been recognized as the most successful and valuable minor league sports franchise in the United States since its inception in 2000.
Warren also served on the River Cats executive management team and, among other things, participated in its effort to assist MiLB with the turnaround and sale (2005-2007) of the Portland Beavers (former AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres), and former USL Pro team, the Portland Timbers. These activities laid a strong foundation for the Timbers, which elevated to MLS in 2010 and is now one of the most successful MLS franchises.
Landon played professionally for almost 20 years and plied his trade with the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer, Everton in the English Premier League, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga, Leon in LigaMX and most recently with the San Diego Sockers in the Major Arena Soccer League. Landon is taking the next step in his career and will oversee the soccer operations department. His duties will include leadership of the department, the on-field product, departmental budget oversight, player identification and recruitment, and all other related business activities in the soccer operations department.
Prior to founding Intersection Ventures, Forrest served as Chief Financial Officer for Orlando City Soccer Club, where he helped oversee the club’s business operations and served as the organization’s lead on design and preparations for the construction of a new downtown stadium project. During his tenure there, Orlando City was hailed by Sports Business Journal as one of the top professional sports expansions in history and the stadium design was later called a “Blueprint for the Future” by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Forrest also served on Louisville City FC’s Board of Directors from its launch into its inaugural season and worked closely with LCFC ownership on the club’s initial business plan. Previously, Forrest worked in the Office of the CEO for the U.S. Soccer Federation, where he focused on a variety of special projects, including serving on the three-member Executive Committee operating the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He oversaw the Youth National Teams Program while being the youngest individual named by FIFA to work at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. Forrest also served as CFO and Associate Commissioner of the West Coast Conference (WCC) from 2011-13.
Recent soccer projects include:
Sacramento Republic FC (USL – 2015-2018), Swansea City AFC (English Premier League – 2016-2018), Hartford Athletic (USL – 2016-present), Las Vegas Lights FC (USL – 2016-present), DC United (MLS – 2016-present), Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL – 2017), Nashville SC (USL – 2017), Loudoun United (USL – 2017-present)
He then moved to the New York Red Bulls, starting as the Team Administrator and quickly advanced from within to Technical Director, winning the Supporters Shield in 2013. During his tenure with the New York Red Bulls, Ricardo oversaw all first-team logistics, including scouting, medical services, team financials, and player acquisitions.
In 2015, Ricardo built the New York Red Bulls II USL Championship team that won the USL Cup in 2016. Ricardo subsequently moved back to his home city of San Diego and has served in a variety of operational roles, including Technical Committee Member for the NPSL, executive team member for 1904 FC (NASL), and participated in the 2018 Soccer City campaign.
Matt has served Sacramento Republic FC as its EVP & General Counsel since the club’s inception and handles all aspects of the club’s legal affairs, including all sponsorship agreements, player transactions, employment matters, league matters, real estate and commercial transactions, media rights, intellectual property, and vendor arrangements. He also led the prior ownership’s legal team through the sale of the club’s assets to the investor group which currently owns the club and is undertaking to elevate it to MLS.
Matt previously led the negotiation and handling of all real estate, stadium financing, stadium naming rights and sponsorships, as well as joint venture agreements for River City Sports and Entertainment Inc., which joint ventured with Savage Baseball Investment Group to relocate the Vancouver Canadians to Sacramento as the River Cats and develop Raley Field in 2000. Subsequently, Matt successfully counseled the Sacramento River Cats on all legal matters (including sponsorships, concerts and other special events, league matters, player personnel matters, employment, real estate, media rights, intellectual property, and vendor arrangements) as its internal General Counsel from the company’s inception in 2000 to 2011.