Louis Waterman
Louis Waterman

Can Louisville support a professional soccer team?

Louis Waterman and other businessmen say “yes.”

Louis will be our guest at the next Insiders Meetup, along with presenting sponsor Tim Mulloy, Mulloy Commercial Real Estate.

Louis, a family law attorney and soccer enthusiast, will discuss the possibility of a professional soccer team, the Louisville Coopers, coming to Louisville as early as 2015. The plan is for the Louisville team to be a minor league-style affiliate to the Orlando MLS team, much as the Louisville Bats are to the Cincinnati Reds.

These days, so many kids play soccer at school and at clubs. Louisville has more and more residents coming from countries where “football” isn’t merely a sport, it’s a religion.

But in the long run, is there enough interest in Louisville to support the Louisville Coopers? Join us for the Insiders Meetup Monday, March 17, at Z’s Oyster Bar & Steakhouse downtown and find out.

Insiders Meetups are free and open to the first 100 Insiders who register here at Eventbrite.

(Read Kevin Gibson’s Insider Louisville post on initial interest in a pro soccer team here.)

While you’re there, meet other Insiders and get the story behind the story, the great inside information we hear throughout the week.

Z’s Oyster Bar and Steakhouse is at Fourth and Market, just across from the Aegon Center. Mehrzad Sharbiani and his team will host us in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the private dining room. Z’s will offer drink and bar menu specials (get the oysters!).

The event is free, and the parking garage is adjacent to the restaurant. Bring in your parking ticket for a stamp and get $1 parking during the event.

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The Man!

Attire is business casual. Or soccer formal, so wear your best Lionel Messi jersey.

A reminder: March 24, our guest will be Dave Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Dave will talk about brighter days ahead for Kentucky businesses. This is already shaping up to be a mega-event, so register here in advance. And note this Insiders Meetup will be at Z’s East End location, 101 Whittington Parkway at Shelbyville Road.

Previous Insiders Meetup guests include:

• Craig Greenberg, president and founding partner at 21c Museum Hotels.

• Doug Brent, Dana Howard and Doug Barr with Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Privacy and Information Security practice group presented “the Current Information Security Crisis” at the last Insiders Meetup.

•Neville Blakemore, event chairman of the Centennial Festival of Riverboats

•Stacey Yates, Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau vice president of Marketing Communications, and Cleo Battle, executive vice president

•Larry Kass, Heaven Hill director of corporate communications, giving us the story on the new Evan Williams Bourbon Experience urban bourbon distillery

•Keith Starling, commercial leasing and marketing manager at America Place Business Park in Jeffersonville

•Ted Smith, chief of economic growth and innovation at Louisville Metro Government

•Gill Holland of The Green Building fame, and Nancy Church, executive director of the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council

•Pip Pullen, XstremeMedia/Mightily, and Jason Falls, CafePress, on social media

•Residential real estate experts Jay Gulick, Kentucky Select Properties, and Tre Pryor, RE/MAX Champions

•Metro Mayor Greg Fischer on his local-option sales tax proposal

•Restaurant developer and attorney Chip Hamm, developer of Doc Crow’s, Comfy Cow ice cream parlors and other concepts; Hamm also is an attorney with Miller Wells

•Venture capitalist Bob Saunders, who helped found XLerateHealth accelerator for digital medical startups

•Mark Palmer, co-founder of Oohology digital design and marketing firm

•Bill Weyland, CITY Properties Group, who has developed The Henry Clay, Glassworks building and other major downtown projects

•Nicki Sibley, Poe Companies, which is developing RiverPark Place and other residential projects, as well as an Aloft Hotel on Main Street

•Tyler Allen, co-founder of 8664

•Terry McWilliams and Justin Brown, Real Estate Venture Exchange co-founders

Shine Contracting partners Matt Gilles, Gregg Rochman and Jonathan Bevan

•Insider Louisville sports guru Mark Coomes

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