WHY should I be a Trust Member?

Theo Foutris, OCFC Co-Owner

As you may or may not know by now, being a Trust Member gives you tangible ownership in the club, which comes along with possible financial benefits as well as the novelty of ownership in a business. Along with other small initial perks, this may seem like a small victory in your life. This is where we want you to take a step backward and look at the bigger picture.

Why did Oakland County Football Club ownership decide to create this platform? The ownership group of OCFC wanted to do something larger than just offload equity from their business to just raise some funds and make a couple people smile. We wanted to do more than just capture a crowd due to manipulation techniques of cheap ownership and upfront perks. We didn’t create this whole structure so that we could build a pretty façade that we can show off to other small soccer clubs throughout the country and claim that “we were the pioneers of it all”. This would all be so temporary and doesn’t align with any successful vision for the future.

Oakland County Football Club ownership made this decision to increase engagement with their most passionate and willing fans that wanted more out of OCFC than just following along with the marketing campaign and a couple home games in the summer time. This is why we are moving carefully and cautiously to build out the entire structure of the Trust.

OCFC strives to offer a great product on and off the field as well as maintaining a strong sense of awareness on methods to grow the club. This can’t be done year after year successfully by just offering our fans the same ol’ gameday experiences and telling new fans to tag along. This can only be done if we all buy into a single vision where we share common ground. This all stems from “WHY”.

This club was originally founded by Co-owner Ben Rode and soon after came Nick and then myself. When we first started planning out our vision for this club’s future, we could hardly stay on task. Each meeting started off with an agenda and spewed into a full blown conversation of “how cool would it be if…” This is because of the WHY. WHY we created this club to begin with. It was never initially created to bring a financial gain. It wasn’t created to show off to friends and to show others that we are three young savvy business owners that could do no wrong. It was created for primarily one reason. This reason is that we all shared a dream. A dream that was way beyond any of our experience or expertise. It was much more demanding than any other task we have ever committed to.

But why were we OK with this undertaking? Because we knew that other people out in the world would also share this dream. We knew that the talent level on the field would not be the driving factor of our fan base or the food options that conveniences everyone during the event. We were always striving to find like-minded fans that wanted to see something grow from nothing to something in their own backyard with a vision that aligned with ours.

So why are we as supporters allowing OCFC to steal our attention, time, and efforts that could be spent elsewhere? Why do we spend our hard earned cash on an experience that could be more grand and scaled a few miles away or in a different city? Why are we hanging on to an organization that is so new and doesn’t always make the right moves in our opinion?

It’s because of why this club exists in the first place. As long as we always share the same reason “WHY” we want this club to exist, we can work together on the “HOW”, “WHEN” and with “WHAT”.

This is why we want to establish a Trust where each Member will be invited to ownership meetings where he or she can chime in when they feel they have input to help keep OCFC on the rails to success. This is why you joined the Trust. You joined to have a voice. You joined to participate and support the growth of the club all while enjoying the journey with us three original Co-owners and staff. You joined the Trust because you have a dream.

So why are we as supporters allowing OCFC to steal our attention, time, and efforts that could be spent elsewhere? Why do we spend our hard earned cash on an experience that could be more grand and scaled a few miles away or in a different city? Why are we hanging on to an organization that is so new and doesn’t always make the right moves in our opinion?

It’s because of why this club exists in the first place. As long as we always share the same reason “WHY” we want this club to exist, we can work together on the “HOW”, “WHEN” and with “WHAT”.

This is why we want to establish a Trust where each member will be invited to ownership meetings where he or she can chime in when they feel they have input to help keep OCFC on the rails to success. This is why you joined the trust. You joined to have a voice. You joined to participate and support the growth of the club all while enjoying the journey with us three Original Co-owners and staff. You joined the Trust because you have a dream.

Become an owner of the club by visiting the Trust page.

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