Blue United Corporation
Prior to founding Blue United, Nakamura served as General Manager for LeadOff Sports Marketing where he played a major role overseeing business development for the group with a focus on the soccer industry. He provided sales, representation, consultation and other services for some of the world’s premier soccer brands and properties, including: Major League Soccer (MLS), Japan Professional Football League (J.League), City Football Group, ESPN Regional, Hawaiian Islands Invitational (HII) (formerly Pan-Pacific Championship) and former Italian National Team captain Alessandro Del Piero. Orchestrated one of the largest seven figure, multi-year partnership deals between New York Red Bulls and Yanmar Co., Ltd. in 2015.
In 2015, Takehiko was recognized by University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Sport Management’s “Alumni-on-the-Rise Award”, designed to honor the achievement of select alumni who graduated five to 10 years ago, and have already made a mark on the industry.
In addition, Nakamura is a lecturer and regular contributor at the Real Madrid Graduate School, Universidad Europea de Madrid’s International MBA Course addressing about entrepreneurship during its academic visits to New York City. He is also one of only two FIFA-licensed Match Agents in Japan and serves MLS as a consultant in the Asian market.
Prior to joining LeadOff Sports Marketing, Nakamura served as Director of International Business for Spanish La Liga powers Football Club Barcelona (FCB). At FCB, Nakamura was the first Japanese national charged with overseeing the Asian, Oceania and North American markets. Nakamura helped launch the club’s New York office and was responsible for major partnership deals, including the “2010 FCB China Tour.”