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John Kristick and Jurgen Mainka Join USA Bid Committee

CHICAGO (April 1, 2009) - The USA Bid Committee announced today the appointment of two staff members who will join the United States’ effort to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup. John Kristick will serve as Managing Director of Bid Planning and Operations, and Jurgen Mainka will serve as Director or Marketing and Communications for the New York-based committee.

Kristick, 43, is a veteran sports business executive who most recently acted as Executive Director for Infront Sports & Media AG, the Swiss sports marketing company that distributed the worldwide media rights for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and also acted as host broadcaster for the tournament. Prior to that, he worked for both Prisma Sports & Media AG and ISL Worldwide AG.  Kristick began his career in sports marketing with ISM Soccer, a subsidiary of ISL Worldwide that serviced clients sponsoring the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA.

Mainka, 37, has extensive experience in sports media relations and marketing. He joins the USA Bid Committee from Octagon Worldwide, where he acted as an account director focusing on MasterCard’s Latin American soccer strategy. Educated in both Mexico and the United States, Mainka began his sports business career as Director of Media Relations for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer and later served as the Senior Director of Communications and International Business for the Colorado Rapids.