As the bid to bring an A-League and W-League club to the south-east of Victoria continues to take shape, Team 11 Pty Ltd is pleased to unveil more of the shareholders who have combined to turn this football dream into a reality.
Also in the mix is a group of young and passionate local business owners and professionals – many from the local football scene – who have established a consortium to invest into Team 11.
While Team 11 has in the pipeline several more exciting announcements regarding the composition of its board, further shareholders and foundation sponsors, included among these investors are current Team 11 directors Razuki, Colin Madden (RMBL), Max Shifman (Intrapac), Renato Pellicano (Pellicano) and Tony Selak (consortium).
The majority of these shareholders have achieved phenomenal business success in the south-east and see Team 11 as a vehicle to give back to the community, with football’s power to unite the country’s most multicultural community a driving force for all.
Pellicano said: “Our personal drive to invest is because we’ve had a foothold in Dandenong for more than 50 years. The region has been good to us and we want to reinvest in the community. Many of my fellow Team 11 shareholders feel the same way.
“Football is one of the best ways we can reinvest into our community because the region’s distinct multicultural base needs something to unite behind and we want to be a part of that.”
These shareholders continue to work alongside the initial Team 11 Steering Committee and project team, comprising of representatives the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire councils.
Shareholder bios are below.
Australian business icon Gerry Ryan is the founder and owner of Jayco Caravans, which was born in Springvale and is now based in Dandenong South. Ryan is a prominent advocate for his local community, as well as the south-east of Victoria, having also played a key role in revitalizing Gumbuya World in Tynong North. Ryan is a passionate supporter of sport having founded the Mitchelton-SCOTT cycling team and serving as major sponsor of the Jayco Dandenong Ranges WNBL team. Ryan has served on the board of the St Kilda Football Club and is currently a Melbourne Storm director. But he is no stranger to football either having previously been a part-owner of the then-known Queensland Roar as well as having a hand, through the Storm, in the City Football Group’s purchase of Melbourne Heart.
Born in London, Razuki returned a year later to his family’s home in Baghdad. At 8 years old, his family fled Iraq in the wake of the civil war and was granted permanent asylum status in the UK, living in London. After finishing high school in England, he completed a business degree in USA and returned in 1983 to start a free magazine with his brother Ali, for helping Aussie & Kiwi backpackers live, work and play in London. TNT Magazine was eventually sold and soon after the Razuki family moved to Melbourne. Razuki and his four children have always played football and he has previously had a taste of A-League ownership with Melbourne Heart.
RMBL INVESTMENTS / COLIN MADDEN
Madden is the Managing Director of RMBL Investments and has been part of the Greater Dandenong business community for more than 40 years. Madden was previously a partner with Macpherson and Kelly Lawyers acting for many Dandenong businesses. Today he is a hands-on director of RMBL, offering commercial finance to clients and investment opportunities to a range of investors. Keen racehorse owner Madden assists many local groups and charities and provides sponsorship to a variety of organisations in Dandenong and the surrounding region.
INTRAPAC PROPERTY / MAX SHIFMAN
Intrapac Property is one of Australia’s largest private development companies, with a 30+ year track record of delivering new land estates across Melbourne’s. Recent projects in Melbourne’s south-east include the hugely successful Somerfield, in Keysborough, following developments across the region including in Aspendale Gardens, Langwarrin, Narre Warren, Rowville, Lysterfield, and Upper Beaconsfield. Max Shifman is Intrapac’s Chief Operating Officer, focused on the continued, successful delivery of Intrapac’s project portfolio, and the pursuit of new opportunities and growth. He was recently appointed to the Board of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria). Shifman’s interest in football stems from a love of competitive team sports, and a fascination with the game’s unique ability to unite passionate fans from disparate cultures and backgrounds.
PELLICANO GROUP / RENATO PELLICANO
Pellicano Group is a 50-year-old family owned and managed development and construction business. The family has firm roots placed in Greater Dandenong area, having developed and provided homes for many businesses migrating to the region, highlighted by the development of Remington Estate, M1 Industry Park, M2 Industry Park and Innovation Park. Renato Pellicano is a Managing Director of the company. Previously an amateur footballer at Knox United in Rowville, Renato is today an avid football fan having followed the Socceroos around the country and the world for major matches.
A young and passionate group of friends and associates from Melbourne’s south-east have combined to invest in Team 11. The group largely consists of business owners and professionals who have grown up in the region and played competitively in FFV state leagues. They are excited by the prospect of an A-League club growing the game for the younger generation in the south-east, with many of their kids playing for local clubs in the region. The group is headed by Tony Selak, Peter Vlachos and Tomi Muretic, who each played junior football locally, and has representation on Team 11’s board through Dandenong-born Selak. This group is uniquely positioned to give guidance on grassroots matters, including but not limited to match day experience, interaction with families and local football clubs. The businesses and businessmen which have come together include: Selak (Ace Body Corporate Management); Vlachos (Finance Professional); Gavin Hately, Ivan Sember (Elite Shopfitting Australia); Alan Macinkovic, Ivica Klarica (Purple Hills Painting); Blazincic family (Olinda Spring Water); Simon Cai (C Loans); Steven Muretic, Tomi Muretic (Murtec Group Engineering Services); Charlie Hong (Titan Packaging); Christian Bonadio (talent and performance professional) and Carlo Salanitri (Sooshi Mango).