by LAINEY KRAL | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Work & Play

entreprenuer_brennanbleakley3Business partners Dave Brennan and Rod Bleakley have a lot in common: they’re both Poway-based family men passionate about education, giving back to the community, and, last but not least, soccer. Dave has owned North County Soccer Park (NCSP) for over 16 years, and Rod used to work there. This summer, they joined forces when Rod became a part-owner.

“My current role at NCSP is everything from daily operations, marketing, and facility maintenance to looking for ways to improve our facility,” Rod shared. Dave added, “Managing the soccer park is great. It’s fun to get to know your customers, adults and children, every week, and to watch the children grow up. After 16 years, I have literally watched some grow from being infants to eventually becoming invaluable members of our staff.”

Name: Dave Brennan
Profession: Spherical Sports Enabler Extraordinaire
Community: Poway (Moved here in 1998 and again in 2011)
Hobbies: History, movies, road biking, travel

Name: Rod Bleakley
Profession: Small Business Owner
Community: Poway since 2013
Hobbies: Golf, surfing, soccer, traveling

entreprenuer_brennanbleakley2That includes their own families. Dave raised three children in Poway – the oldest has graduated college, while the younger two attend Cal State San Marcos and Palomar. “All of them started playing soccer here by the time they were four years old and continued playing through high school,” Dave said. He first learned about NCSP in 1993, and his family played there for seven years before he took a leap of faith and purchased the business in 2000. Rod also has family ties to the business and the community. He was raised in Rancho Peñasquitos, and his three children and two grandchildren all live in Southern California. Plus, he added, “All three played and worked at NCSP.”

Free time for both of them means an opportunity to explore, whether here at home or abroad. “I like to watch my kids play soccer, do weekend walking tours of San Diego, and travel,” Dave said. “I just got back from Germany and France.” Rod, meanwhile, enjoys golfing, surfing, and spending time with friends and family. He’s also excited to reconnect with the Poway community, adding, “We are members of the Poway Chamber of Commerce, and I look forward to getting more involved with various volunteer organizations.”

By working together, Dave and Rod are committed to building their business – and the community that works and plays at NCSP.