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The Selection Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Cricket Federation (ACF) announced on Tuesday that it had appointed Patrick Klinger as Independent Director. The Independent Director position, as created by the ACF constitution, is designed to be held by an individual who can bring valuable expertise and skills to the Board of Directors.
Patrick Klinger (pictured right) is the Founder of Patrick Klinger & Company, a sports strategy and activation firm based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Between 1999 and 2012, Patrick Klinger was vice-president of marketing for Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. During that time, Mr. Klinger helped define and strengthen the Twins brand, which was named Horizon Awards "Sports Organization of the Year" in 2002 and "Sports Person of the Year" in 2006. The organization also won numerous regional Emmy Awards and national honors for advertising and brand campaigns.
Before joining the Twins, Patrick was the Director of Marketing for the RiverCentre complex in St. Paul where he developed an expertise in sponsorships and the securing of naming rights partners. Patrick serves on the boards of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), Caring Souls, Play for Her and the Minnesota Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He also is on the advisory board for Tee It Up for the Troops and the development committee for Summit Academy.
“I’m honored to be part of the ACF’s efforts to expand the participation and enjoyment of cricket in the United States,” said Klinger. “Though I have a great deal to learn about the game, the passion of those who play and watch is as strong as anything I witnessed during my career in Major League Baseball.
“I’m confident that there is an audience in the US for this international sport and I’m excited to help contribute to its success.”
ACF also announced that it had added Vincent Adams, PhD and Stephen Rooke, JD, LLM, to its Honorary Advisory Board.
Twice honored by the White House for his service to the nation, Vincent Adams has served our country at the highest levels of government, including as consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency and as Chairman of two international conferences. A former first-class cricketer in his native Guyana, Mr. Adams remains close friends with contemporaries such as Clive Lloyd and Lance Gibbs.
Stephen Rooke is a young lawyer who is familiar to many at ACF, as he was instrumental in the construction of the ACF constitution in 2012 as a member of the Steering Committee. Mr. Rooke now works for McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. Stephen received his bachelor’s degree at Rice University, his law degree at the University of Michigan Law School and his Master of Laws degree in Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
CEO Jamie Harrison said, “The addition of three such accomplished individuals to the ACF team is a great sign for cricket in the United States, and demonstrates our commitment to raising the standards for cricket governance. We are not content to rely on a small cadre for leadership and innovation, and we are not afraid to expand the circle beyond traditional limits.
“The face of cricket in America is changing, and today’s announcement is just one more representation of that reality.”
Picture courtesy: Patrick Klinger & Company