New Rio Grande Valley FC President Ron Patel was welcomed to the club on Thursday evening at the club's 2020 season kickoff party. | Photo courtesy Rio Grande Valley FC
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley FC announced on Thursday night the hiring of Ron Patel as the organization’s new President. In his new role, Patel will oversee operations and revenue generation at the club.
“Soccer teams all over the world bring communities together in ways they've never been brought together before,” said Patel. “I've seen it first-hand in other communities and I'm honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization in my new home, the Rio Grande Valley.”
Patel previously served as the Chief Revenue Officer for fellow USL Championship club New Mexico United. During his time with New Mexico, Patel created and led United’s Sales and Partnership team, which proved key to United’s inaugural-season success. New Mexico averaged 12,693 fans per game in the 2019 season and welcome more than 215,000 fans to Isotopes Park, earning New Mexico the Highest Attendance Award in the 2019 USL Championship season.
Prior to the launch of New Mexico United, Patel was the President of USL League Two club Albuquerque Sol FC for five seasons. During his tenure, the team consistently ranked in the top five in attendance and led the league in sponsorship sales in his final year.
In 2006, Patel began his entrepreneurial career when he founded “Just Dine In,” a food delivery company. The company delivered meals from restaurants in Albuquerque. Patel merged with Delivered Dish in 2013, at which point the company grew to seven different markets in the Western side of the United States before two years later being purchased by Grubhub.