Anthony Precourt named CEO of the Year by the Austin Business Journal
Austin Business Journal has named Anthony Precourt, founder, majority owner and CEO of Austin FC, CEO of the Year in its annual Top CEO Awards. The award recognizes Central Texas CEOs who have a strong track record of innovation, outstanding performance, and leadership roles in philanthropic, civic, or political spheres that make a difference.
Precourt received the award at a ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Austin on Oct. 6 and will be featured in a special edition of the Austin Business Journal.
“In building Austin FC from the ground up, we have consistently focused on collaboration. Culture is king, and creating a thoughtful and thorough club/corporate culture was of paramount importance,” Precourt said “Success does not happen overnight, but we believe that through our hiring practices and operations both commercially and sportingly at the club, we have laid the foundations for success. long-term.”
Precourt originated and led all planning efforts to bring Austin its first major league team, playing a key role in both negotiating and finalizing the historic lease and development agreement with the City of Austin for the 24-acre property where Q2 Stadium now resides and Austin FC’s expansion club charter agreements with Major League Soccer.
Construction of Q2 Stadium, a $260 million state-of-the-art, 100% privately funded football stadium located near the estate in Austin, and St. David’s Performance Center, Q2’s $45 million private training ground. ‘Austin FC located just seven (7) miles from the Q2 stadium, was completed under the direction of Précourt. Austin FC has finally secured six (6) founding partners for its inaugural 2021 season: YETI, Q2, St. David’s Healthcare, Diageo, PointsBet and Netspend.
As of 2021, Austin FC was the only club in MLS to sell 100% of its home games and has the longest active selling streak in the league at 33 consecutive games. Tickets for Austin FC’s first-ever playoff game – the city’s first professional major league playoff game in history – sold out in less than six (6) minutes.
In its first season in MLS, Austin FC led the league in merchandise sales and ranked second in sponsorship sales, successes which resulted in the club being nominated for the team award. Sports Business Journal’s Sportswoman of the Year.
Précourt hired sporting director Claudio Reyna and head coach Josh Wolff, who also led the club to success on the pitch. Austin FC finished in second place in the MLS Western Conference in 2022, securing home-court advantage in the first two (2) rounds of the playoffs. The team’s 24-point improvement from its first season to its second is the second-biggest such improvement in league history.