New Member Spotlight: Andrew Ross

09/26/2018 11:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
No, I was born in Asunción, Paraguay and raised in Fairfax, VA.

What do you do?
I am the General Manager of Tropics Soccer Club, the professional soccer team here in Lakeland.

What do you like most about your job/profession?
The fast paced and constant evolution of the sports industry. Everyday is a new challenge and you never know what to expect. Soccer is booming in the US, and I enjoy being a part of growing the game right here in Lakeland.

What are some of your hobbies?
Playing Soccer, hanging with friends, watching sports

What’s your involvement in the community?
I try to attend or participate in as many community activities as possible. I work everyday to do give back to the community by bringing people together through the power of sport. I have run for Mr. Central Florida, Polk Emerging Leaders, and am a member of the Lakeland Rotary Club. I also coach both recreation and competitive teams in our Lakeland Tropics FC Youth Club.

If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
I always get asked about how the team is doing or what’s new. People like talking about sports, so anything in that category is a great way to start a conversation with me.

What do you like most about Lakeland?
The sense of community. I have lived in Tampa and Orlando, and you do not get the same sense of pride for a community as you do in Lakeland. People are from here and have been for many generations which seems to allow people to care more about what happens in Lakeland and the growth and future of the community.

Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
I want to network more with the business community, especially with those closer to my age who are like me, the future of Lakeland. This seems like a great organization to allow the young minds to come together and work together to better our community.

Anything else you want to add?
It is my goal to do everything I can to bring our community together through the Tropics. This is only possible if the community embraces the team and sees the benefits of having a hometown pro sports team a community can be proud of. The more support we get the more we can give back to the community and help those in need. I look forward to meeting more of the young professionals who also share this vision with their various businesses and work together to assure the future of Lakeland is bright and thriving. GO TROPICS!

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