Owner – Renato Valentim
Mr. Renato Valentim is an international entrepreneur and sports fan. Mr. Valentim’s business successes include being the co-founder and CEO of the Boston City FC soccer organization, being an international real estate developer, and being one of the owners of the successful restaurant chain, Tavern in the Square. These successes demonstrate how Mr. Valentim’s hard work and ambition turned his dreams into realties.
Mr. Valentim was born in 1970 and raised in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The businessman and restaurateur is the oldest of five children. During his teenage years, Mr. Valentim worked for his father after school. At the age of eighteen, business-minded Mr. Valentim realized that he could make more money working with his father than for him. This realization led Mr. Valentim to boldly ask his father for a share of the company. Mr. Valentim’s father dismissed Mr. Valentim, claiming he was being too ambitious for someone so young. Mr. Valentim however was determined to prove his father wrong. Shortly after that conversation, Mr. Valentim began working for one of the largest food distribution companies in Brazil. By age twenty-four, he had worked his way up to become the company’s financial manager. Motivated to be successful, Mr. Valentim’s entrepreneurial nature drove him to open his own business. He ran that business for five years, expanding into two locations. This was until he moved to the United States of America.
Despite not knowing English, Mr. Valentim was driven to search for new opportunities, so he left a comfortable life in Brazil with only $200 in his pocket and moved to Boston, Massachusetts on January 20, 1998. Mr. Valentim was determined to make something of himself in America, stay only five years, and then return to Brazil. Mr. Valentim knew that if he worked hard enough and put in long hours, he was destined for success. Within ten days of arriving in Boston, Mr. Valentim had a job working as a nightshift dishwasher at the Boston Beer Garden restaurant and began attending school for English lessons.
Always striving to improve, Mr. Valentim continued to push and educate himself. He was driven to climb the ranks in the restaurant industry. By 2003, Mr. Valentim had trained as a bartender and server, attending the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, where he received his first American diploma, and took business school classes. Ultimately, Mr. Valentim’s hard work paid off and he became the manager of the Boston Beer Garden restaurant.
Starting a life in new country is challenging. Mr. Valentim persevered and became financial stable. After building his savings, Mr. Valentim fulfilled another one of his dreams: buying a home in Boston. Mr. Valentim fell in love with America and the American culture. Although he had planned to return to Brazil, Mr. Valentim chose to stay and enjoy the life he had built in the States. Mr. Valentim knew he was on the verge of even greater success and was ready to welcome more opportunities.
In 2004, after recognizing Mr. Valentim’s business acumen and growth in the restaurant industry, one of Mr. Valentim’s bosses asked him to be a partner in a new restaurant called Tavern in the Square. Tavern in the Square opened in November 2004, in Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This location became the first of eight Tavern in the Square restaurants. Currently, Mr. Valentim is Tavern in the Square’s Vice President of Business Development and Construction. Not surprisingly, the restaurant has enjoyed enormous success under Mr. Valentim’s ownership. The chain employs over 1,000 people and plans to expand into surrounding states in the next few years.
In addition to his restaurant ventures, Mr. Valentim has become a proficient real estate investor. He founded a real estate development and investment business in 2009. This rapidly growing company holds several properties in the United States and Brazil.
Mr. Valentim’s latest business venture is the Boston City FC. Like every young Brazilian boy, Mr. Valentim loved futbol, American soccer. In April 2015, Mr. Valentim partnered with Palhinha, a former Brazilian professional soccer player to create a professional soccer team and a training academy. Mr. Valentim’s vision was to create an organization that would educate and develop soccer, and through this to develop teamwork and leadership skills among the youth. This new business venture also has the goal of providing affordable family entertainment to the public and building Boston’s love for soccer. Mr. Valentim hopes to build a legacy, and for Boston City FC to be recognized alongside Boston’s other great sports organizations.
Mr. Valentim lives in Winchester, Massachusetts with his wife and young two sons. In his leisure time, Mr. Valentim can be found playing in a recreational soccer league or training at the gym. Among his greatest personal accomplishments is running in the Boston Marathon, a race dear to the Boston community. Mr. Valentim also has his pilot’s licenses and is learning to fly helicopters.
Mr. Valentim’s keys to success are honesty and determination.
Local player and coaching talent Michael Bustamante was named the new head coach of Boston City FC on March 14, 2019.
Bustamante returned to Boston City FC having been one of the stars of the club’s 2016 inaugural season when he was named to the All-NPSL Team. The Colombian-born midfielder, who was raised in Chelsea, played in every match and was instrumental in helping Boston City reach the playoffs as the team’s second-leading scorer with six goals and joint assists leader with four.
“Having been a player with Boston City and being a local guy who grew up in this area, the opportunity to take the lead and coach this team holds a great appeal,” said Bustamante. “I’ve always been involved in the local community here, so this is an opportunity to help the growth of soccer in Boston and further my coaching career.
Bustamante was selected in the first round of the 2013 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by the New York Red Bulls, where he was a member of the squad that won the MLS Supporters Shield, alongside Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill. He enjoyed a standout college career at Boston University, winning America East Conference rookie of the year honors, having led Chelsea High School to four consecutive playoff berths.
Managing Director – Craig Tornberg
Craig provides direction, guidance and strategy to the Boston City administrative and technical staff as well as the BCFC ownership group.
He started an independent soccer consultancy group after serving 18 years with Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. His career at the Revolution began in 1995 and he quickly became recognized as a leader in the league for revenue generation in ticket sales.
Tornberg’s rise within the organization saw him advance to the position of general manager, during which time the organization enjoyed success both on and off the field of play. He has continued his work within the game of soccer maintaining extensive contracts with organizations both domestically and internationally.
Communications Director – Michael Preston
Michael has a rich background in sports that spans four decades and six continents. He was a newspaper sports editor and PR executive in his native England and spent six years working for the National Football League in London before moving to the United States in 2002.
His company Preston Consulting has handled media operations for numerous leagues, federations and events around the world, including the first-ever game of American Football played in Africa. He has coordinated media for events in Japan, China, Australia, Tanzania, Mexico, Canada, and across Europe.
He is a former PR Director of the North American Soccer League and directed media operations for two CONCACAF Gold Cup events in New England. In February 2019, he worked his 20th Super Bowl as a member of the NFL PR staff.
Entertainment Director – Victor Oliveira
Victor is responsible for all aspects of entertainment on home match days, from coordinating music and halftime shows to stadium annoucements. A passionate soccer fan, Victor worked in multiple capacities for Boston City in the club’s inaugural 2016 season.