The New Breed Part II: Saputo Speaks

impactA few weeks back we wrote about the new breed of owners in Major League Soccer.  These included the owners in Portland, Columbus in Kansas City.  One owner we neglected to mention is Joey Saputo of the Montreal Impact.  In their second season in MLS, the Impact are in the thick of the playoff fight.  They have signed players from overseas, are filling Stade Saputo and have become one of the more entertaining teams in the league.

Like many of the other younger owners in league, Saputo is a second generation business owner.  The  former family business, Saputo,  is in the food business, from dairy products to tomato sauce.   His other interests include property and construction.  Currently, he is an advisor to Jolina Capital Inc., which is a shareholder and/or majority shareholder in various companies in the food, transportation, softwood lumber and real estate sectors. Joey Saputo is currently on the board of directors of the publicly traded company Transforce Inc.

Like many of this new breed, Saputo is active on Twitter and frequently interacts with fans.  He recently issued a blog post describing the team’s new club membership program.     Per the blog:  “So with this in mind, in the upcoming weeks, we will be consulting our membership on very concrete issues regarding the club, including kick-off times, fan experience and player of the year. I encourage you to take the time to answer these questions and to let us know what you think.  We are also in the process of creating a Membership Committee that will meet regularly with some of our team representatives to discuss various club issues in greater depth. Once again, the response has been great: We were looking for 11 starting members, and so far we have received 161 applications. A selection process is currently underway and we will keep you posted on the final composition of the committee.”