Interview with Fresno FC owner Ray Beshoff
Leading up to Fresno FC's inaugural season, FOX26 Sports Reporter Nick King sat down with president and principal owner Ray Beshoff, to talk about a variety of subjects.
Beshoff's bio, via fresnofc.com:
Professional soccer in Fresno is the dream and vision of Ray Beshoff. Ray believes Fresno is an ideal market for a professional soccer organization, considering the enthusiastic fan base and the dynamics of the community. Through his leadership, Fresno Football Club has become a reality.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Ray grew up in Liverpool, England with soccer and loves the sport. He played soccer in England as a young boy and is a devoted follower of the sport. He moved to the U.S. in the early 1980s and became a successful businessman. He went to work for a Mercedes-Benz dealer in Southern California and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming a partner. He made it the highest volume Mercedes-Benz dealer in the U.S. After 18 years of success with that dealership, he acquired his own Mercedes-Benz and Infinity stores in San Jose. Six years ago, he purchased the Mercedes-Benz of Fresno dealership and is delighted to have Scott Biehl as his partner.
Ray is involved in other business activities and is very active in the Beshoff Family Foundation, which helps foster children, abused and neglected children. Ray lost his mother at the age of ten and is very sympathetic to that cause. He is married and has three daughters.
Ray decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning a professional soccer club and created the investor group, Fresno Football Club, Inc., the parent of Fresno Football Club. It is Ray’s passion for soccer that drives his commitment to make the Fresno Football Club experience exceptional for soccer fans. In addition to building an exciting soccer family experience, Ray intends to make the organization an exemplary model for local businesses and have the team fully engaged in the community.