Bill Manning - President
Manning, 52, joins Toronto FC after spending the previous eight seasons as president of both Real Salt Lake (RSL) and Rio Tinto Stadium. During his time with RSL, Manning transformed the club into a winner, leading the organization to a 2009 MLS Cup championship, as well as a model franchise off the pitch where both season tickets and sponsorships more than tripled. The club also won the Eastern Conference title (2009), Western Conference title (2013) and were MLS Cup runners-up (2013) and CONCACAF Champions League runners-up (2011). Manning was the recipient of the Major League Soccer Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year award in both 2012 and 2014. In addition, he helped establish, open and sold naming rights to Rio Tinto Stadium, home to Real Salt Lake.
Tim Bezbatchenko - Sr. Vice President, Soccer Operations & General Manager
Prior to joining Toronto FC in September 2013, Tim Bezbatchenko spent three years as the Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition with Major League Soccer (MLS). In that role, he was responsible for negotiating and drafting player contracts, as well as finalizing loan and transfer agreements for the import and export of players to and from MLS. Bezbatchenko helped the Player Department manage the relationship between the Players Union and interpretation of the league's collective bargaining agreement (CBA). He also served as a liaison with the US Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Association. Prior to joining MLS, Bezbatchenko was a practicing attorney at the law firm Shearman & Sterling in its Mergers & Acquisitions department. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the University of Richmond with a degree in Economics and Leadership Studies.
As a player, Bezbatchenko was an Academic All-American and All-Conference midfielder at the University of Richmond. He then played with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League (USL), winning the league title in 2004.
Bezbatchenko lives in the west end of Toronto with his wife and two children.