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Atlanta United front office wins five MLS Club and Executive awards

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Darren Eales takes home the big prize for Executive of the Year.

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It was a banner night for the Atlanta United front office on Thursday as the club raked in five MLS Club and Executive awards at the league’s annual end-of-year ceremony.

President Darren Eales was the big winner on the night as he was given the league’s Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year award for his amazing work in building Atlanta United from scratch to the burgeoning league power.

Eales acknowledged the award on Twitter:

He also chatted with the AJC’s Doug Roberson in a lengthy interview that you should read in full right here.

The team also brought in a host of other awards due to their ticket sales and marketing. Here’s the full list of Executive Awards:

2017 MLS Club and Executive Award Winners:

Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year – Darren Eales, Atlanta United

Ticket Sales Executive of the Year – Don Rovak, Atlanta United

Marketing Executive of the Year – Sarah Kate Noftsinger, Atlanta United

Marketing Team of the Year – Atlanta United

Team Administrator of the Year presented by Sportscorp Travel – Manny Tejeda, Atlanta United

Additional award winners

Corporate Partnerships Executive of the Year – Chris Shewfelt, Toronto FC

Ticket Sales Team of the Year – Seattle Sounders FC

Corporate Partnerships Team of the Year – Portland Timbers

Marisa Colaiano Community Relations Club of the Year presented by MLS WORKS – New York Red Bulls

Public Relations Team of the Year – Sporting Kansas City

Club Retailer of the Year – Columbus Crew SC

Platform Activation of the Year – TBD

Business Analytics Team of the Year – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Enhanced Lead Scoring)

Ticketing Sales Impact Award presented by the National Sales Center powered by SeatGeek – Chicago Fire (Outside Sales Program)

Digital Team of the Year – Philadelphia Union

Social Media Activation of the Year – D.C. United (Last Call at RFK)

Digital Content Experience of the Year – Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Becoming Canadian: The Alphonso Davies Story)

Best Use of Access in Content - Chicago Fire (Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Arrival)

Security Team of the Year – Orlando City SC

Operations Staff of the Year – New York Red Bulls

Supporter Management Team of the Year – Sporting Kansas City

Athletic Training Staff of the Year presented by Mueller Sports Medicine – Houston Dynamo

Equipment Manager of the Year – Daniel Laroche, New York City FC