Tim Hinchey was named President of the Colorado Rapids on December 12, 2011, bringing more than 20 years of experience in professional sports in the United States and England to the role. Having originally joined the Rapids in November 2010 as the club’s Chief Marketing Officer, Hinchey has overseen growth and development of the franchise, including increased attendance and sponsorship revenue, and a more than 100% increase in season ticket holder accounts. He also serves as a member of the Arsenal Broadband Board for the Rapids’ partner club, Arsenal F.C.
Under Hinchey’s leadership, the Rapids had the most successful year in club history in 2013, setting record marks in sponsorship revenue, earned media, and attendance, including an increase to more than 5,000 season tickets. Hinchey has also expanded the talent in the Rapids front office to include Jeff Jacobsen, VP of Commercial Operations, David Burke, Chief Revenue Officer, Sean Ream, VP of Ticket Sales and Service, and Richard Fleming, Director of Broadcasting and Play-By-Play Announcer. With Hinchey’s direction, the club opened the Chairman’s Club, modeled on the European-style directors’ box/boardroom, and the Summit Club powered by 2lemetry, the Rapids’ first true VIP hospitality club for premium customers.
On the field, Hinchey has worked with Paul Bravo, the club’s Vice President of Soccer Operations and Technical Director, to oversee a dynamic shift in first team philosophy, working to recruit and develop young talent. Such players include Homegrown Players Shane O’Neill and Dillon Serna, MLS SuperDraft acquisitions Dillon Powers, Deshorn Brown, Marlon Hairston, Jared Watts, and John Berner, and recruits from the minor leagues in Clint Irwin and Chris Klute. The 2013 team set club highs in wins (14) and points (51) since ties were introduced to MLS in 2000. Colorado also signed their first-ever Designated Player in 2013, bringing in Panamanian striker Gabriel Torres. Ahead of the 2014 season, Hinchey spearheaded the hiring process that saw club legend Pablo Mastroeni rejoin the Rapids as the team’s seventh Head Coach.
Before coming to Colorado, Hinchey served as the Vice President of Commercial for English Football League Championship side Derby County for three years. While there he oversaw a radical change in the club’s commercial approach, introducing a number of innovative ideas and policies unique to English football that have brought great success and results off the field. The Rams broke new ground by becoming the first club to secure a ‘Season Presenting Partner’ when telecoms firm Buymobilephones.net signed up for the 2008-09 season, a relationship which grew to become Derby County’s shirt sponsor through 2013. Under his leadership, the Rams more than doubled their sponsorship revenue and saw record sales figures for corporate hospitality.
Before joining DCFC, Hinchey was with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats as their Executive Vice President of Business Operations. During his time there, the Bobcats smashed their all-time season ticket record and introduced 22 new corporate partners, more than doubling corporate sales revenue in one year. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate development and chief marketing officer for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets where he was responsible for the team’s corporate partnerships, partner services, luxury suite sales and service and the start-up of the team’s relocation to Oklahoma City and its subsequent success in ticket sales and corporate development.
His start in professional sports came began with the Los Angeles Kings in 1991 and continued as vice president of marketing and corporate sales for the Utah Grizzlies and the E Center (ice hockey venue for the 2002 Olympic Games), senior vice president of business development for the Long Beach Ice Dogs and director of strategic alliances for Maloof Sports & Entertainment, where he developed strategic and innovative plans for all corporate partnerships integral to the NBA Sacramento Kings, WNBA Sacramento Monarchs, WISL Sacramento Knights, ARCO Arena and Senior PGA Tour Gold Rush Classic.
As an introduction to the world’s game, Hinchey first worked in soccer in the summer of 1994, when he held the position of Assistant Press Officer for the FIFA World Cup during all competitions, including the Final at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles.
Hinchey serves on the Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association of Colorado. A native of northern California, Hinchey and his wife Mia are the proud parents of six children.