Chief Executive & Founder of FirstPoint USA. Andrew Kean earned a soccer scholarship to the University of Cincinnati and became the program's first All-American award winner in their history. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010 alongside NFL Super Bowl winner, Brad Jackson, and Olympic Gold medallist, Mary Wineberg. During his four years at the University of Cincinnati, Andrew was named Conference USA 'Defensive Player of the Year', Conference USA 'All-Conference 1st Team', a two-time NSCAA All-American, the Ohio 'Player of the Year', NSCAA All-Region, and the Cincinnati Bearcats 'Player of the Year'. As captain, he led the team to its first NCAA Soccer National Tournament appearance in 1998. He pursued an undergraduate degree in Nutrition & Physiology whilst at the University of Cincinnati.
Dean was born and raised in South Africa, in a small town called Dundee in Kwa-Zula Natal. He attended school in Dundee, playing a variety of sports, such as rugby, cricket, golf, hockey and athletics. Upon completion of school, Dean was offered a rugby bursary from the University of Pretoria, where he represented a number of teams, from U20 to First XV. During his time at Pretoria, Dean was also selected to represent the Blue Bulls Amateurs XV & 7’s teams over a number of consecutive seasons, winning one national championship in the 15-man game. Upon finishing his studies, Dean pursued the opportunity that sport can provide to travel, and spent 18 months in the NE of England, playing for Darlington Mowden Park RFC.
Dean was then given the opportunity to move to Scotland, the country his mother was born in, where he played for two seasons with Glasgow Hawks RFC, and then with Ayr RFC (who he captained during his final year as a player). Throughout his first season spent with Ayr RFC, the team won the Premiership and National Cup double. Over the course of 4 seasons in Scotland, Dean was selected to represent the Scotland Club XV, which gave him the opportunity to pay at an international level against France and Ireland. Dean also had the opportunity to do some more travelling, within the UK in particular, playing for the Scottish Thistle’s 7’s team for a number of years.
Since hanging up his boots, Dean has picked up the whistle and filled a number of coaching roles, working with both male and female squads at age grade and senior level. Dean joined FirstPoint USA from Scottish Rugby, where he filled the role of Partnerships & Projects Officer within the Domestic Rugby department for 4 years previous.
Chris attended the Clayton State University on a golf scholarship from 2010-2013. He represented the Lakers and won most valuable player in his sophomore year playing in all 25 events and completing his degree in business marketing.
During the summer off season Chris competed in several Scottish Amateur events including the Boyd Quiach which is held over St. Andrews Old and New course. In the summer of 2011 Chris finished tied 11th in a field of 100 which included other University programs such as Yale and Harvard.
Upon returning home Chris turned professional playing out of Kilmarnock Barassie Links, after a successful year of playing and working in the golf industry he moved into a career in recruitment.
Chris Is now being re-instated to join the amateur ranks again, and will pursue to re-ignite his successful amateur career, whilst being a talent management consultant at FirstPointUSA.
Craig returned home to Glasgow, Scotland in February 2017 after six and a half years in the USA. During his time there he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management and a minor in Marketing from Webber International University located just outside Orlando, Florida.
As a Golfer, Craig competed in the Sun Conference where in 2011 he was part of the team that won the conference championship, the first for the Warriors since the league moved to its current format. The win secured an automatic bid to the 61st annual NAIA Men's Golf National Championship, at the Creekside Country Club in Salem, Oregon.
As a Soccer player at Webber he played in multiple Sun Conference Championships, was a winner of the Crooked Lake Cup and in his senior year was a key part of the 2013 Warriors team that were ranked the number #1 defence in the NAIA and #2 in the Nation including NCAA Division’s I, II & III by only conceding 8 goals in regular season. Craig received the NAIA "Champions of Character Award" during this season.
After graduating with his Bachelor’s and completing his National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) D & E Licence. Craig became the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Webber, coaching the Warriors to a further 2 Crooked Lake Cup’s all while achieving his MBA in Sport Business Management.
Craig now helps secure scholarship deals for FirstPoint USA athletes with the Clearing and Promotions team.
I am FirstPoint’s longest serving employee with just over 10 years’ experience within the company – you could say I am now part of the furniture! I began as an admin assistant way back in 2008 and over time I have gradually worked my way up through the ranks to head our client services department as well as ensuring our standard of customer service is exceeded throughout each team in the business.
During my time I have worked with over 1000 clients guiding them through their checklist items; gathering documentation, assisting in the booking of SAT’s, completing GPA reports and arranging filming of game days. Sometimes simply lending a sympathetic ear to mums/dads when reality is setting in and the thought of their babies leaving them for the USA is terrifying them – please be assured they are in good hands!
My goal for the next 10 years is to continue providing excellent customer service and support to all of our applicants before, during and after their time on our program!
A former FirstPoint USA client himself, Gary has recently joined our Clearing and Promotions team. Gary attended McPherson College, Kansas, graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health. Throughout his time in the States, Gary enjoyed a successful playing career with McPherson College Soccer; winning the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Conference, the KCAC Tournament, representing McPherson in the Play NAIA National Tournament, and being recognised as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete in the 2014 season.
David began his career with North Berwick Colts, his hometown club, before being scouted by Hutchison Vale and joining them at U13 level. He enjoyed a successful spell with the Vale, winning numerous trophies, including a Scottish Youth Cup triumph at U16 level. David then went on the represent Spartan for two years, and later won the East of Scotland league with Leith Athletic U19’s.
After signing with FirstPoint USA, David accepted an offer from Barton College in North Carolina. After spending a year in the States as a Barton Bulldog, David returned to Scotland and completed his studies at the University of Abertay, Dundee, graduating with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Sport and Management.
Upon his return from the States, David continued his playing career with spells at both Dunbar United and Dundee North End, at semi-professional level. He always had a great interest in coaching, and acquired his 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 Scottish FA coaching badges, alongside an assistant coaching role at his old team, North Berwick Colts U13’s.
Founding Investor and Chairman of Real Estate Group and Spectrum Investment Management
UCFB’s Chairman & Chief Executive who led the creation of UCFB inside Turf Moor stadium, Brendan’s background also includes steering football clubs on both sides of the Atlantic to new heights.
First joining Burnley FC’s Board of Directors in 2006, Brendan became its major investor and Operational Director in 2007, playing a significant role in the club’s first promotion to the Premier League in 2009 and two subsequent promotions since.
One of the founding owners of MLS side Orlando City SC, Brendan has helped to shape its recent success which includes a playing squad that can boast Brazilian superstar, Kaka.
Brendan has several decades of experience as a leader and founder of multiple highly successful property and investment companies, particularly in the north-west of England.
John Banaszkiewicz - Director & Shareholder
Director and Shareholder of FirstPoint USA
Director and Shareholder of UCFB
Director of Burnley FC
Former Co-Chairman of Burnley FC
A member of the board of Burnley FC since 2010, John was its Co-Chairman from 2012 to 2015, overseeing a period of significant growth and success including promotion to the Premier League for the 2014-15 season.
As a Director of UCFB, John has played a key role in the institution’s growth to Wembley Stadium and Etihad Stadium since its inception at Burnley’s Turf Moor stadium.
John is a global leader within trading markets, including having co-founded Freight Investor Services Ltd UK (FIS) in 2002. Since its foundation he has seen sustained growth in every year of operation, as well as the company’s expansion from its London base to the United States, China, India, Singapore and Greece.
Paul Fletcher MBE - Director & Shareholder
Director and Shareholder of FirstPoint USA
Director and Shareholder of UCFB
Former Burnley FC, Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool footballer
Former Chief Executive of Burnley FC, Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers
Former Managing Director of Coventry City
Former Commercial Director of Wembley National Stadium
A popular figure as a Burnley player at Turf Moor as well as his home town club Bolton Wanderers, Paul enjoyed a glittering 13 year professional career as a striker.
In 1996, Paul returned to Bolton Wanderers as Chief Executive and after two years at the Reebok he was invited by The FA to become Commercial Director of the new £500m Wembley National Stadium.
Later taking up the position as Chief Executive at the £64m Ricoh Arena in Coventry, Paul then joined the Board of Coventry City Football Club as Managing Director before being appointed Chief Executive of Burnley FC in 2007. Having overseen the successful promotion of Burnley to the Premier League in 2009, Paul is a Director of UCFB at Turf Moor and plays an instrumental role in its ongoing success.
Paul was awarded the MBE for Services to Football in 2007 in the New Year’s Honours List.
John Davies - Chief Financial Officer
A trusted and experienced finance director across multiple sectors, John sits on the UCFB Senior Leadership Team reporting to the Chairman and the Executive Board.
His department is responsible for the financial reporting, accounting and logistics of FirstPoint USA and UCFB’s three unique campus locations at the iconic Wembley Stadium, London, the state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium, Manchester and the historic Turf Moor, Burnley.