Chris Wilmot, a Rochester native, is a former Monroe County Legislator, Co-Producer of two Hollywood films, Executive Producer of an independent South African film, and a Journalist for, and Publisher of the Rochester-based online political watchdog website, the SmugtownBeacon.com.
Chris' life-long love of soccer began as a child playing soccer in the Pittsford School District. He has been a season ticket holder of the Rochester Rhinos since the team was formed in 1996. Chris watched many Lancer games in Holleder Stadium in the mid to late 1970's, including the locally famous game when Pelé and the Cosmos came to town during the 1977 playoffs. Chris has attended two World Cups, seeing two matches in Germany in 2006 and four matches in Michigan in 1994. He is a former co-owner of the Rochester Rhinos (2006-07). Chris currently resides in Pittsford, NY with his life partner Kathy Goll. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College.
Chris proudly served for 10 years as a Monroe County Legislator, directly representing 25,000 residents in the 21st Legislative District comprising southeastern Rochester(1996-2005). During his tenure, he introduced legislation to help improve educational opportunities for low-income children in the Rochester City School District, and offered assistance to help provide affordable day-care for low income working parents. During his 10 years in office, he voted on the appropriation of over $9.3 billion, on behalf of 730,000 Monroe County residents.
Chris, a movie aficionado, began financing Hollywood productions in 2003 with his first venture Lost, starring actor Dean Cain, which had a limited theatrical release in the Los Angeles area. Lost also aired on the Encore Action Network, and is available on DVD. In 2006, Chris helped finance, and was a co-producer for the movie Jam, featuring actors Marianne Jean-Baptist, Alex Rocco (Moe Green in The Godfather), and JefferyDean Morgan. Jam recently played on Showtime and The Movie Channel (TMC) networks, and is also available on DVD. His most recent film project, Lucky, a touchingstory of a young South African orphan, is currently competing in international film festivals, and is projected to release worldwide in the spring of 2012.
Chris served on the board of the James P. Wilmot Foundation, for cancer research,from 1986-1996. A few years later, he was appointed to the board of Farm WorkerLegal Services of New York State, helping fight for the rights of migrant farm workers.In 2007, Chris was motivated to establish his news and political watchdog publication,the SmugtownBeacon.com, to provide a more honest, non-partisan, candid news alternative to fill the void left by Rochester's mainstream media. His investigativejournalism offers unique governmental and political insights, and insider analysis.
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SoccerSam was born and raised in Rochester, NY and fell in love with the great game of soccer in 1970 at the age of 10. Sam began playing that year with the Rochester Juniors and his uncle Al Oliveri took him to his first Lancers game. Sam has been an avid fan of Indoor and Outdoor American Soccer ever since and continues to play.
IFSL 1985-2000: SoccerSam took over as commissioner of the Irondequoit Fall Soccer League (IFSL) in 1985. This 20 team league offered Fall soccer to some of the best former Pro players, college coaches and this areas best local players. In 1994, an all-star team traveled to Agropoli, Italy and won an adult tournament. Sam and his board organized several international trips.
SoccerSam TV Show 1994-2006: In 1994, Sam started America's first weekly soccer TV show called "The SoccerSam Show" on Irondequoit cable access. This weekly show featured the IFSL all stars, trips to Italy and the first Rochester Lancers reunion game and award banquet. The show covered local youth and adult soccer, including section V soccer and local teams competing in the US Open Cup. The show went weekly on the WB network. Sam interviewed some of the greatest names in the history of soccer on this show including Pelé and Mia Hamm. 1995: The Rochester Rhinos were introduced and the focus of the show became making the Rhinos a success. The Rhinos became the most successful team in the history of American Soccer and many attribute the success of the team to the show. The show will return soon!
Kick This! The SoccerSam Radio Show 1995-Present: This weekly radio show started in 1995 and several local soccer celebrities helped host the show. The show's focus is local soccer and covers only American Soccer! Jeff DiVeronica of the Democrat & Chronicle has hosted this show with Sam for years, James Weise is the News Director, Rich Jones is the Producer and Mike Moran is the Webmaster.
The Rochester Rhinos 1996-2009: Sam was the assistant to the GM since day one of the Rochester Rhinos. Sam took care of selling tickets, sponsorship, trades and most of the game day ideas for the early days of the Rhinos. Sam was part of the Rhinos radio team for years and introduced the Post Game Call-In Show. In 2008, under new owner Rob Clark, Sam became the Team President and helped rebuild attendance, sponsorship sales and new concessions.
Salvatore's: Salvatore "SoccerSam" Fantauzzo is the Founder and CEO of Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria. In 1978, Sam took a High School project and opened the first Salvatore's location. Today there are 30 locations throughout Monroe County. The Salvatore's Pizza Family employs over 1,000 Rochesterians.
Sam is married to Linda Fantauzzo and resides in Webster with his children Salvatore II, Roxanna, Silvio and two grandchildren Santino and Salvatore III.
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Rich Randall is a Rochester native. He graduated from Churchville-Chili, where he was a three-sport athlete. He has played soccer since he was five years old, playing for Churchville and Chili soccer clubs in the RDYSL. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Media Management where he also played on the men’s soccer team, had his own radio show, and worked in the Sports Information Dept.
His career focus has always been in sports and strategic partnerships. Prior to officially graduating from New Paltz, he was offered a position with Taylor, a sports PR and marketing firm in Manhattan. Rich worked on key global accounts including Diageo, EAS sports nutrition, and Xbox. He launched and helped successfully execute several major programs for the nearly three years he was there. The next move was back home to again work in sports, as he accepted an offer to work for the Rochester Rhinos. For nearly four seasons, he increased the community footprint of the brand, developed key staple programs of the organization, and built marketing and sales strategies that directly improved sales.
Rich became the Vice President of the Lancers in August 2011. He continues to create strategic community/marketing programs to grow the brand and engage the local community, while overseeing team operations and sales departments.
Stephen Stokes is the Founder and President of Stokes, Visca & Co., LLP – Certified Public Accountants. He founded the firm in 1996 and shortly thereafter brought his partner Paul Visca into the firm. His firm currently provides accounting and taxation services to over 400 local businesses and 2,500 individuals throughout the country. Steve is also the Founder and President of CPA Payroll Inc., which provides payroll services to small businesses in New York State and Florida, and a Founder and Vice president of Core Financial Services, Inc., which provides financial planning services to individuals and small businesses. Steve is a supporter of the Association for the Blind, and his firms support the Walk for Hope and several cancer societies.
Prior to starting his own businesses Steve worked for the national accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) for 10 years, rising to the position of Senior Manager. He then served as the CFO and Controller for Billitier Electric in Rochester, NY.
Steve received a Master of Business Administration – Finance degree from RIT and a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College.
Steve’s love of soccer began when he was eight years old. He began playing in the Irondequoit Travel Soccer League, and continued to play on the Bishop Kearney High School team. He played in college until he decided to take a job at Chase Bank instead, to focus on his chosen course of study.
Steve coached youth soccer for five years in Fairport and recently served on the board of directors of the Fairport Soccer Club. His 14-year-old son Ryan currently plays in the Empire United Soccer Club.
Steve has been a Rhinos season ticket holder since the team was founded in 1996. As a boy in the late 1970s, Steve and his friend would ride their bikes from Irondequoit to Holleder Stadium, located in western Rochester, so they could be ball boys for practice sessions for the Rochester Lancers and watched almost every Lancer game in Holleder Stadium. Steve is a fan of soccer worldwide and specifically follows the New York Red Bull, and the English teams Stoke City and Manchester United.
Steve, his wife Karen, daughter Kristin, and son Ryan live in Fairport, NY.
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Luis Ribeiro is a co-owner of 22 Dunkin’ Donuts stores in the Greater Rochester Area. Luis also manages 45,000 square feet of commercial real estate and is a licensed pilot. Luis began his career with Dunkin’ Donuts in 1992 in Boston working part-time overnights while attending flight school to earn his pilot’s license. At the age of 22, he received his pilot’s license at the same time that pilots were coming back to the US from the Gulf War, flooding the market with pilots all vying for jobs with commercial airlines. During that time, Luis had begun managing stores and aspired to become an owner. So he pursued a Dunkin’ Donuts opportunity in Rochester in 2001, inviting his brother-in-law Dom Vieira (also a Lancer’s Co-Owner) and sister Paula to join him in developing a franchise in Rochester, New York. He and his business partners have quickly grown their Rochester Dunkin’ Donuts franchise from their first store in 2001, adding four to five new stores per year. Together they are the hands-on owners/managers of 22 locations in the eastern portion of Monroe County, extending to Avon and Geneseo. Luis was awarded the Dunkin’ Donuts Innovator of the Year Award in 2006 for his unique store design, at the Penfield location, which other franchises are now emulating.
Luis’ love of soccer began at the age of six, when he began playing organized soccer in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He played for his junior high school and high school teams and progressed quickly, playing Division I men’s soccer at the age of 16! Due to repeated ankle injuries, Luis retired from competitive play at the early age of 19. He then coached youth boys and high school girls teams. He also enjoyed playing indoor and outdoor recreational soccer in men’s leagues while living in Boston in the 1990’s.
Luis is a life-long soccer fan following the US and Portuguese national teams, and European League teams Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United. He has been a Rhinos season ticket holder since 2003 and is a huge fan of the Western New York Flash Women’s team, which he believes has brought “truly world-class soccer,”with world-class players to Rochester.
Luis and Dunkin’ Donuts proudly support the Arc of Monroe, the Wilmot Cancer Center, and several smaller organizations, and Luis plans to begin serving on charity boards, now that his franchise development phase is winding down, allowing him more free time to explore community service opportunities. Luis is currently single and resides in Webster. He enjoys traveling all over the US, playing “pick-up” soccer, golfing, hunting and fishing.
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Dom Vieira is a co-owner of 22 Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the Greater Rochester area, primarily on the eastern side of Monroe County and extending into Avon and Geneseo. He and his wife Paula, relocated to the Rochester area in 2001 to help build a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise, starting with one store and consistently adding four to five new stores per year. Paula is the franchise’s Director of Operations.
Dom’s love of soccer began at the age of 10. Growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he played soccer as a young boy both, indoor and outdoor. Progressing quickly, at the age of 15 he was playing competitively against adult men’s teams and he was the youngest player on the Outdoor Nova Scotia Provincial Youth 16 Team, competing against other provincial teams. Dom played first division, semi-pro in Nova Scotia from the age of 18 through 21, which was the highest level league during that time in Canada. He played semi-pro for the Halifax Dartmouth Croatia and Halifax King of Donair He played mostly as a center mid-fielder and sometimes as a sweeper. Unfortunately, Dom’s soccer career was cut short at the age of 21 by a severe, and at that time, inoperable knee injury in 1988. He did, however, continue to play recreationally.
Dom has been an avid soccer fan his entire life, following not only his hometown teams, but also soccer on the world stage, with a particular affinity for the Portuguese teams, the country of his family’s origin. Dom follows European and World Cup leagues closely. He has traveled to see international games, such as a Sporting Lisbon Braga match in Portugal in 2009. Dom has been a season ticket holder of the Rochester Rhinos since 2003 and loves going to the women’s Flash games. Dom, his wife Paula and son Jonathan live in Webster, NY. Jonathan also loves soccer and is currently playing in the Webster Youth Soccer League. Dom enjoys golfing and is a member of the Webster Golf Club.
Dom’s Dunkin’ Donuts stores regularly support local and national charitable organizations, including the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation, local fundraising events, school functions and charitable golfing events.
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John is a hard-nosed working entrepreneur, who worked his way up to the President and Chief Financial Officer of all 22 Salvatore’s Old Fashioned Pizzeria Restaurants. John currently owns and operates several locations, co-owns Donuts Delite located at Empire Blvd. and Culver Rd.
John got his start in the Salvatore’s Pizzeria business in 1978 at the age of 13, when he pitched in to help his 17-year-old friend Salvatore Fantauzzo open his first Salvatore’s Pizzeria on East Main Street. John started off making pizza boxes, moved on to baking pizzas and in no time was running the kitchen on East Main Street. John and his 14-year-old friend Chuck Fantauzzo became a great team running the operation. Five years later, John and Chuck graduated from East Ridge High School and wanted to open their own pizza location. Salvatore’s #2 was born in the kitchen of a bar called Chadwick’s. Within months they outgrew this kitchen and moved to a much larger location in the Ridge
In 1989, at the age of 24, John purchased the original Salvatore’s on East Main Street. John introduced computers to the company; the first pizza chain in Monroe County to do so. He perfected the pizza dough and bread recipes and installed Air Deck Ovens in all locations. Today, the East Main Salvatore’s location is the busiest pizzeria in Monroe County.
In 2009, John partnered with Salvatore Fantauzzo to bring back the locally famous Donuts Delite restaurant, which had been a Rochester tradition from 1958 to 2005. John grew up going to Donuts Delite with his family and used to pick up donuts for his employees on East Main Street. The historic building had been completely restored and reopened in January 2010 and carries the world famous Rochester donuts, as well as Salvatore’s famous menu.
John is the President of the East Main Business Association. He is involved in the Kiwanis Club and Camp Good Days and Special Times.
John is a former youth league and high school soccer player and a fan of U.S. and European professional soccer.
John resides in Webster with his wife Dorothy and their two children Giovanni, age 14 and Gabrielle, age 11. Giovanni is fulfilling his father’s dream of playing soccer and has been playing since age 6. He is currently an elite player on Doug Miller’s U-14 team. Giovanni is also involved with the Webster Soccer Association and the Olympic Development Program. Gabrielle is involved with karate and gymnastics. Both John and Dorothy are active in their children’s sports and enjoy watching soccer as a family.
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Donna is Executive Director for the Lancers. She runs the Ticket Operations and coordinates all Lancers appearances and events. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, which are very important to her! She also enjoys playing soccer! She plays for two coed indoor teams and two women's outdoor teams. She also likes to play with her little Pomeranian, Lilly!
Kayla is the Ticket Sales Director for the Lancers organization. She was raised in the small town of Lyndonville, NY where she graduated from high school in 2007. While at Lyndonville she played basketball, softball and of course SOCCER! She received her Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management from St. John Fisher College in 2012.
While in college, Kayla interned with the Rochester Rhinos and the Batavia Muckdogs. The experience she gained ultimately let to her landing her first full time job with the Rochester Lancers in July of 2012. She helps to grow the Season Ticket database, and bring in groups to experience the excitement of a Lancers game!
“Do you need season tickets? Do you want to bring your group to a Lancers game at a discounted rate, or how about celebrate your child's birthday party at the game? Contact me: Kayla Klark Kent at email@example.com or by calling (585) 872-Kick!”
Hobbies: I recently have taken on long distance running, and plan to run my first half marathon on September 7, 2013!
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends either traveling or doing different outdoor activities depending on the season!
If you know me and my family you know we LOVE the New York Yankees, and all our animals are named after them. Please meet: Babe, Jeter, Joba, Yogi, and Texx!!
Last but not least- The Lancers and my Lancer Fam. They are the best in town!!!! I couldn't be more lucky to meet such awesome people.
Favorite Lancer Moment: That's a tough one. We had a lot of great memories made last season and between our amazing fans, the special WWFD tribute, and beating Milwaukee in front of over 9,000 fans while Abby Wambach was in the house its too hard to choose just one.
Favorite Lancer Player(s): MISL MVP Doug Miller, Mauricio Salles and his awesome family, and of course my BFF PEDRINHO, these are just a few of the great players that we have!
Favorite Food: Obviously, Salvatores! "They deliver everything but babies!!!"
Favorite Quote: Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
Favorite Song: Teach me how to Dougie ;-)
Rife was born on December 29, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He grew up in Denton, Texas, and attended Denton High School, where he was a varsity starter all four years. He played club soccer for the Texas Longhorns, a Dallas based soccer club, from the age of nine until he was eighteen years old. At the age of eleven he toured Norway, Sweden, and Denmark with a Venezuelan youth team and played in a series of tournaments where he garnered local and national attention.
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Patty is the Marketing Director for the Rochester Lancers. She also helps with game day operations. She graduated from St. John Fisher College where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Management.
In her free time she enjoys watching her son Will play lacrosse and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys working out at Penfield Racquet Club, biking with her boyfriend Don and gardening.
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Lyndsay was born and raised in Rochester, NY and proud of it! She graduated from Webster Schroeder High School and was considered a “band geek” playing in over 8 bands including the Webster High School Marching Band. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Michael Moran and his company Spinning Webs Internet Services provide website hosting & design for the Rochester Lancers. Mr. Moran has been a fixture in Rochester's electonic media scene since the turn of the century, having previously worked on websites or provided assistance to the Rochester Rhinos, Rochester Rattlers,Rochester Razorsharks and many others. He also provides website service & social media consulting for Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria.
Michael attended SUNY Fredonia & the Rochester Institute of Technology but claims that the majority of his experience with the internet is self-taught. "They plopped a PC in front of me at work in the late '80s and it was all downhill from there!" he says.
In his spare time, Michael is passionate about the causes he supports, and is constantly raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer's Disease research with his unique fundraisers. In the summer of 2013, he rode rollercoasters in a tour of the Northeast in honor of his brother, Kevin, who passed away in 2012. To view activity from his journeys and to contribute to his cause, please visit his Facebook page Roller Coaster Crawls to End Alzheimer's Disease at http://www.facebook.com/ALZCoasterCrawl. Michael has already raised over $9,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.
His next fundraiser is the marketing & sale of imported gourmet coffee. Again, honoring his brother, the product is being sold under the name Kevin's Koasters Coffee and is available online at http://www.kevinskoasters.org.
Michael lives alone with his cat Romeo in Irondequoit and has a collection of over 200 collectible bobblehead figures... sad, but true.
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Billy Ginther brings to the Rochester Lancers coaching staff over thirty years of coaching experience in the Rochester area. From coaching at the NCAA Division III level to coaching at all levels of youth soccer in the Rochester area, Ginther has a vast knowledge of local soccer including a US Soccer B Coaching License.
College Coaching Career: Billy began his collegiate coaching career over three decades ago as an assistant at his alma mater SUNY Brockport. He then moved on to an assistant position with the men’s program at RIT. Most recently, Ginther has been an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at SUNY Geneseo.
Youth Coaching Career: Ginther has coached local youth soccer from the house level through travel programs, and all the way up to the USL’s Super Y League and the US Soccer Development Academy National League. Billy has been an Olympic Development Program Rochester District Coach. Some of the soccer clubs that Ginther has coached for include the Rochester Mavericks, the Rochester Junior Rhinos, and the Empire United Development Academy.
Personal: Billy is the CIO of Fulton, Friedman, Gullace LLP and received a BS in a Dual Major of Economics and Business Management with a specialization in International Business from the State University College at Brockport.
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Ashley graduated from West Irondequoit High School in 2008. During her time there she ran both Varsity Track and Cross Country. She also was Class President and was actively involved in the school's television show, student council, and prom committees. Upon graduation, she was given the Principal's Leadership award, the highest level of achievement at IHS.
Ashley graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2012. While there, she focused her studies on marketing and sales negotiation. She was also involved in calligraphy, art and marketing clubs. During Senior year, Ashley had a year long marketing internship with a New York City website company.
In her free time she enjoys running, skiing, and gardening, as well as cuddling with her Doberman Pinscher, Baron. To go along with her Food Network obsession, she always looks for new recipes to try out and for new desserts to bake!
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