Rick Kelsey has an extensive leadership background in soccer and business. In his most recent role, Rick served as the CEO of the Arizona Soccer Association (ASA), where he not only oversaw growth in total registrations but also drove significant growth in community-based programming and ASA branding.
Along with being CEO, Kelsey has served on the ASA Board of Directors, served on multiple U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) national committees that included being a member of the USYS Organizational Growth Committee, where he developed a national partnership with the NWSL Players Association and USYS.
Prior to his time with ASA, Kelsey spent more than 18 years at American Express where he held numerous leadership positions overseeing global operations, risk management, and reporting/analytics development and implementations.
Kelsey is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he spent eight years serving with the Seabees and shore duty. During his time with the Seabees Rick deployed to Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm, Rota, Spain, Guam, and Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope. He has been married to his wife Jennifer for more than 30 years, and they have six children ranging from 10 to 28 years old.