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Global image sports Partner Development

ALDO MARINELLI

AC ChievoVerona & Genoa CFC

Senior Partnership Development Manager

Aldo Marinelli joined Global Image Sports team in May of 2014. He is the Partnership Development Manager for both A.C. ChievoVerona and Genoa CFC - helping to grow their North American Academies. Aldo graduated from Pfeiffer University in May of 2014, earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in International Business and a minor in Economics.

He was also a 4-year varsity Midfielder for Averett University and Pfeiffer University. He is originally from Venezuela, he grew up playing in his hometown team Zamora FC, he was part of the professional team from 2007-2010. He won the Venezuelan National Championship with Zamora in 2007 with the U-17 and 2009 with U-20. Aldo is fluent in Spanish and English.

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RYAN POE

ADO Den Haag & RCD Espanyol

Partnership Development Manager

Ryan was born in Silver Spring, Maryland but was raised in Kennesaw, GA. He has played competitive soccer year round since the age of 4 for several different clubs in the state of Georgia. Played varsity soccer at Kell High School in Marietta, GA.

Graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Management as well as having worked for UGA's Athletic Association for two years prior to graduation. Most of his hobbies involve soccer, (playing, watching or coaching), and he has a true passion for the game.

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JOHN BIRTWISTLE

South East Asia

Partnership Development Manager (Asia)

John joined Global Image Sports in January 2016 when our South East Asia office opened in Singapore. John is vastly experienced in global business with over 25 years in consumer and commercial payments, financial services and banking primarily for American Express in Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Originally from England and a professionally qualified UK Chartered Accountant, John’s passion for football has more recently seen him involved as a General Manager for a 500 player youth soccer club in Singapore. John’s business know-how and local football knowledge are invaluable to GIS and our commitment to the game in the region.

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GEORGE COWIE

West Ham United Oceania

Partnership Development Manager (Oceania)

George brings a wealth of football playing, coaching and networking to GIS. George signed as an apprentice footballer at West Ham United in 1977 and then as a professional in 1978. During his time, West Ham won the FA Cup and were League Cup runners-up, George being on the substitutes bench at Wembley Stadium in the 1980 FA Charity Shield.

In 1983 George returned to his native Scotland where he went on to make nearly 100 appearances for Hearts in the Scottish Premier League before injury cut short his career. In more recent years, following relocation to Australia, George has remained involved in the game as a coach at various levels including, Technical Manager of Football Queensland, Interim Head Coach of the QAS, National Coach of Papua New Guinea Under 23 Olympic Team and National Coach of the Solomon Islands and Director of Coaching of Sunshine Coast Football Club. Voted “Queensland Coach of the Year” in 2008.

George’s role will include overseeing the development of the West Ham United Academy Partnerships in both Australia and New Zealand, seeking new partners, providing training opportunities to players and coach education services to coaches.

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TIM HUBBARD

Wolverhampton Wanderers & Stoke City FC,

Partnership Development Manager

Tim began his career at Lyreco as a customer service advisor in 1987, from there he moved in to the Office Machines supply business by joining West Midland Office Machines who later went on to be sold to Eurofax.

Then when Altodigital was formed and the amalgamation of companies was complete his career started on an upward spiral. After 20 years’ service through acquisition, Tim is currently the Regional Sales Director at Altodigital Networks Ltd, one of the largest independent office technology solutions companies in the UK with five UK offices and over 350 employees.

Tim has since become one of the groups leading Network players and has set up contracts with the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, West Bromwich Albion and a number of other sporting and corporate companies, from which a network platform has been built to help the growth of the business in his region and across the group. GIS are delighted to have him on the team, his experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable to our GIS Partners.

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