As expected, Imps investor Harvey Jabara has joined the board of directors at Lincoln City Football Club. However, in a move that was not widely known about, he has been joined by his close associate Graham Rossini.
Harvey, along with his wife Missy and sons Jaxon and Jensen, have been part of the group of shareholders at Lincoln City Holdings since June 2021. The family have steadily increased their investment in Lincoln City Holdings, with the most recent purchase of shares coming in February 2023.
Harvey said: “It is with tremendous pride that I take a place on the board of Lincoln City Football Club after our family have added to our investment commitment to the Imps. Missy, Jaxon, Jensen and I have truly fallen in love with this city, the club and its supporters and are made to feel so welcome every time we visit. We are all passionate about the club and, although we are well aware of the challenges, believe we have far from reached our ceiling and are sure there are more exciting days ahead for everyone connected to the club.”
Harvey will be joined on City’s board by his Rossini, who brings more than 20 years of team sports business experience sport to the Imps. His appointment is still subject to completing the EFL’s owners and directors test, but he has significant sporting pedigree in the States.
He is currently senior associate athletic director at Arizona State University, a member of the NCAA located in Phoenix, Arizona, the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Prior to that, he served as a vice president of special projects and fan experience with the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball.
“Graham has a wonderful knowledge of professional sport,” added Harvey. “I have worked closely with him for many years and know he is a man of real integrity and hard work who will bring a great deal to the board.”
“Lincoln City is a historic football club, and it is a great honour to be invited to join the board and work alongside the strong existing leadership at the club,” Graham said: “I am also very appreciative to Harvey and the entire Jabara family for extending an opportunity for me to join them in this responsibility. I’ve already seen the way the club runs first-hand and look forward to bringing my experience in professional sport to Lincoln City.”
On the face of it, this is a good move for the Imps. Having met Harvey, Missy and Jensen last year, I found them to be engaging and focused on the community aspect of our club, which very much aligns with Clive’s ethos. In Graham we appear to have further sporting knowledge joining the board, which should only be a good thing for the club’s progression.