SoccerSam was born and raised in Rochester, NY and fell in love with the great game of soccer in 1970 at the age of 10. Sam began playing that year with the Rochester Juniors and his uncle Al Oliveri took him to his first Lancers game. Sam has been an avid fan of Indoor and Outdoor American Soccer ever since and continues to play.
IFSL 1985-2000: SoccerSam took over as commissioner of the Irondequoit Fall Soccer League (IFSL) in 1985. This 20 team league offered Fall soccer to some of the best former Pro players, college coaches and this areas best local players. In 1994, an all-star team traveled to Agropoli, Italy and won an adult tournament. Sam and his board organized several international trips.
SoccerSam TV Show 1994-2006: In 1994, Sam started America's first weekly soccer TV show called "The SoccerSam Show" on Irondequoit cable access. This weekly show featured the IFSL all stars, trips to Italy and the first Rochester Lancers reunion game and award banquet. The show covered local youth and adult soccer, including section V soccer and local teams competing in the US Open Cup. The show went weekly on the WB network. Sam interviewed some of the greatest names in the history of soccer on this show including Pelé and Mia Hamm. 1995: The Rochester Rhinos were introduced and the focus of the show became making the Rhinos a success. The Rhinos became the most successful team in the history of American Soccer and many attribute the success of the team to the show. The show will return soon!
Kick This! The SoccerSam Radio Show 1995-Present: This weekly radio show started in 1995 and several local soccer celebrities helped host the show. The show's focus is local soccer and covers only American Soccer! Jeff DiVeronica of the Democrat & Chronicle has hosted this show with Sam for years, James Weise is the News Director, Rich Jones is the Producer and Mike Moran is the Webmaster.
The Rochester Rhinos 1996-2009: Sam was the assistant to the GM since day one of the Rochester Rhinos. Sam took care of selling tickets, sponsorship, trades and most of the game day ideas for the early days of the Rhinos. Sam was part of the Rhinos radio team for years and introduced the Post Game Call-In Show. In 2008, under new owner Rob Clark, Sam became the Team President and helped rebuild attendance, sponsorship sales and new concessions.
Salvatore's: Salvatore "SoccerSam" Fantauzzo is the Founder and CEO of Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria. In 1978, Sam took a High School project and opened the first Salvatore's location. Today there are 30 locations throughout Monroe County. The Salvatore's Pizza Family employs over 1,000 Rochesterians.
Sam is married to Linda Fantauzzo and resides in Webster with his children Salvatore II, Roxanna, Silvio and two grandchildren Santino and Salvatore III.
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Stephen Stokes is the Founder and President of Stokes, Visca & Co., LLP – Certified Public Accountants. He founded the firm in 1996 and shortly thereafter brought his partner Paul Visca into the firm. His firm currently provides accounting and taxation services to over 400 local businesses and 2,500 individuals throughout the country. Steve is also the Founder and President of CPA Payroll Inc., which provides payroll services to small businesses in New York State and Florida, and a Founder and Vice president of Core Financial Services, Inc., which provides financial planning services to individuals and small businesses. Steve is a supporter of the Association for the Blind, and his firms support the Walk for Hope and several cancer societies.
Prior to starting his own businesses Steve worked for the national accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) for 10 years, rising to the position of Senior Manager. He then served as the CFO and Controller for Billitier Electric in Rochester, NY.
Steve received a Master of Business Administration – Finance degree from RIT and a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College.
Steve’s love of soccer began when he was eight years old. He began playing in the Irondequoit Travel Soccer League, and continued to play on the Bishop Kearney High School team. He played in college until he decided to take a job at Chase Bank instead, to focus on his chosen course of study.
Steve coached youth soccer for five years in Fairport and recently served on the board of directors of the Fairport Soccer Club. His 14-year-old son Ryan currently plays in the Empire United Soccer Club.
Steve has been a Rhinos season ticket holder since the team was founded in 1996. As a boy in the late 1970s, Steve and his friend would ride their bikes from Irondequoit to Holleder Stadium, located in western Rochester, so they could be ball boys for practice sessions for the Rochester Lancers and watched almost every Lancer game in Holleder Stadium. Steve is a fan of soccer worldwide and specifically follows the New York Red Bull, and the English teams Stoke City and Manchester United.
Steve, his wife Karen, daughter Kristin, and son Ryan live in Fairport, NY.
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