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Meet The Council

Mint City Collective Officers

Below is your 2023 Mint City Collective officers that were elected by all of our members. Each Officer runs a one year term and elections happen after the end of the season.

President - Becca Mitchum

Vice President - Matt Swift

Twitter Handle : @160_Swiftly

Born in Kannapolis, NC, but grew up in Stanly County. I started playing soccer in 1994, right before the World Cup, and truly caught soccer fever. Charlotte landing an MLS team has indeed been a dream come true, something I never imagined would happen. I even went out a few days after the Team name announcement at got “CLTFC” tattooed on my forearm. Before joining Mint City Collective, I had no real sincere interest in joining a supporter's group. However, I  started to see what MCC was all about and was impressed with how well organized it was. More importantly, I saw the potential of what it could be, not just to Charlotte FC but to the whole community. I want people to see just what a great group we have here and I hope that people from all backgrounds and soccer IQ will want to come along on this journey with us.

Communications Director - Kelsey Wiese

IT Director - Jeff Eklund

 Jeff Eklund

Twitter Handle : @MintStHooligan

I am originally from the Chicagoland area and started playing soccer when I was only 3 years old. I grew up going to Chicago Fire matches and loved the drums, chanting, and emotion throughout the Supporters Section at every match that makes Soccer such a unique sport. This grew my love to the beautiful game even more, and created many friendships because of it. In 2016, I relocated to Charlotte due to work. I looked up the highest division soccer team at the time (Charlotte Independence) and grew a connection with this team since moving here. I knew the long term goal was to hopefully get this team promoted to MLS or a MLS team expansion in the near future. I went to the original MLS2CLT push in 2017 with hopes that Marcus Smith could land Charlotte a team. (Un)fortunately, that bid failed and was hopeful a different option would appear. Later in July 2019, I joined Mint City Collective after attending a MLS All-Star watch party at Courtyard Hooligans with renewed hope that MLS will arrive in Charlotte soon. That dream finally came true in December 2019. I now finally have a sports team to call my own here in Charlotte and be able to grow from the ground up with! I was elected as the first ever IT Director for Mint City Collective and hope to set a great foundation for the best Supporters group in the MLS!   

Tailgating Lead - Chris Harmon

 

Twitter Handle : @KeepPounding84

I was born and raised in Charlotte, but have been living in Mooresville for the last 14 years. I loved throwing tailgate parties and away trips for you all last season so I'm honored I was voted in to run it back. I'm a big fan of all Charlotte and North Carolina pro-sports, evidenced by the 3 Charlotte pro-teams as a permanent part of my right arm. In addition to Mint City Collective, I'm a long time Roaring Riot (Carolina Panthers supporters group) member and leader of the Lake Norman Chapter. Looking forward to continue creating an awesome tailgating experience. 

Game Day Lead - Trey Eskridge

Trey Eskridge 

Twitter Handle : @TreyEskridge

I am a native Charlottean who has loved soccer since I was 5.  A proud graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in History and Minor in Sports Coaching.  I used to be a soccer coach and referee, but now I work for the Boy Scouts of America in the Mecklenburg County Council.  I am the former President of the Charlotte Chapter of the Manchester United Supporters Group.  Got to say that my favorite soccer memory is when Van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka’s penalty in the ‘08 Champions League.  As the Field Team Leader I cannot wait to bring the noise and excitement to our supporters section!

Treasurer - Seth Wiese

Chapters Director - Eric Hill

Twitter, FB & IG: @erichillrealEmail : mcc.chapters@gmail.comBeing a non-Charlottean, living at the coast, I'm pushing for the spread of CLTFC Fever across the Carolinas and beyond. My "real life" job is owner of Atlantic Blue Coast Realty, a real estate company covering coastal areas of NC and SC to a far inland as I-95.I discovered a fondness for soccer in college at UNCG, particularly catching most of the women's home matches and following them to a number of aways.  I got into coaching youth soccer when my son Westyn was just getting started in 2013.  I founded, directed and coached Whiteville Howl FC, a hometown youth club soccer program from 2017 until Covid shutdowns in 2020 - reviving the program in 2023. Even from a distance, my wife Heather, our son Westyn and myself became inaugural season ticket members for Charlotte FC, making the 3+ hours trips for every home game as well as a few aways (including DCU and RBNY to bookend the season). As an MCC member since the Day Zero days, I started the MCC Coastal Chapter just before the inaugural season.  I was recruited to become the Interim Chapters Director midway through the 2022 season and was voted into this full position for the 2023 season.I'm looking forward to doing my part in expanding the exposure of Charlotte FC and Mint City Collective beyond Charlotte... beyond the Metro area... beyond the Carolinas.   Welcome One, Welcome Y'all

Community & Outreach Director - Elizabeth Alicea

 

 I’m originally from New York but grew up outside of Charlotte.  My love for soccer started as a kid watching the USWNT. Following my passion for sports, I pursued an opportunity to work at the athletic department at my college where I supported the marketing team with in game promos across athletic programs. In 2021, I attended my first MLS game, the inaugural CLTFC game. I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere and the passion the supporters had for the team. I knew I had to be apart of it and purchased my season tickets the next day. I am honored and excited to be part of MCC and ready for 2023 season to start!

 

Mint City Collective Board Members

Matthew Chantry

Twitter Handle : @mattchantry

Being from England soccer/ football is in my blood. I’ve lived in Charlotte for 6 years now and my wife is a native Charlottean so I was excited for the opportunity to support CLTFC and get involved with MCC.

I grew up a Fulham fan in England so I’m hoping I can finally get behind a team that wins occasionally! I’ve followed Fulham through the divisions in England seeing them play in around 50-60 stadiums from 1992 onwards and a few European stadiums too.
Outside of soccer I am a proud dad of 3 kids (Elizabeth, Will and Sam), husband to a woman much smarter than I am (Erin) and 2 dogs. My day job is Marketing Director here in Charlotte for EchoPark Automotive. And I live in the Belmont neighborhood close to uptown.
I love the discussions and good times I have with MCC members and my goal is to help us create a group that is passionate about soccer, Charlotte, and welcoming to all regardless of background or level of soccer knowledge.

 

Jay Landskroener

Chico "La Muerte"

Kendall Jackson

Katey Dietz

A native of Rochester, NY, Katey Dietz has called Charlotte home since 1999. A life-long soccer fan (rumor has it she spent her college book money on season tickets to D.C. United in 1996) and former Queen City Outlaws board member, she balances her passion for the soccer with her day job managing partnerships at NASCAR. Though her heart is always with Charlotte FC and Brighton & Hove Albion, when she’s not at CLTFC games and MCC events, you can find her hosting soccer meetups at NASCAR races, taking long hikes, or baking bread.