Monumental Sports & Entertainment owns and operates three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. Monumental, which merged Lincoln Holdings and Washington Sports and Entertainment on June 10, 2010, also owns and operates Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the group operates Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Capitals’ state-of-the-art training facility in Arlington, Va., and George Mason University’s Patriot Center, located in Fairfax, Va.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment operates in the nation’s fifth-biggest media market and is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports.
Ted Leonsis is the founder, chairman and majority owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which comprises three professional sports teams – the Washington Capitals (NHL), the Washington Wizards (NBA) and the Washington Mystics (WNBA) – as well as Verizon Center. The company also operates Kettler Capitals Iceplex (the Capitals training facility and front office) and George Mason University’s Patriot Center.
Leonsis retired from active management of AOL in 2006, where during the previous 13 years he held a number of senior positions, including vice chairman and president. Since his retirement from active management at AOL, Leonsis retains the position of vice chairman emeritus. At a May 2010 ceremony celebrating AOL’s 25th anniversary, one of the buildings on AOL’s Virginia campus was renamed the Leonsis Creative Center in his honor.
A mainstay for the Washington Capitals’ franchise for more than two decades, the owner, president and alternate governor continues to lead the club with his tireless effort and intense desire to continue a family tradition – engraving the Patrick name onto the Stanley Cup.
Patrick, who joined the Capitals prior to the 1982-83 season, guides the team on a daily basis. The former chairman of the NHL Finance Committee, Patrick has been instrumental in the Capitals’ long-term success as a franchise both on and off the ice. Patrick was a leader in the conception and development of the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the team’s state-of-the-art training center and office building that opened in 2006 in Arlington, Va.
Fernandez, a native Washingtonian, is an active philanthropist in D.C. regional non-profits, focusing his energy primarily on educational reform. In 2000, he co-founded Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic investment organization based in Washington, D.C. Fernandez sits on various non-profit boards, including America’s Promise, the D.C. College Access Program (DCCAP), the D.C. Public Education Fund and the Fernandez Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland.
In 2006 Johnson was named global ambassador for CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty by empowering women because they have the unique power to help entire communities escape poverty. “Sheila’s I Am Powerful Challenge” was instrumental in helping raise funds for CARE’s important work. Johnson is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. An avid supporter of the arts and an accomplished violinist, Johnson dedicates her time to organizations that create opportunities for children to express and explore their creativity. She serves as chair of the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design in New York and sits on the boards of VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, Americans for the Arts, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and the University of Illinois Foundation.
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Outside the company, Brickman has served as a board member and in an advisory capacity to many organizations, including KellerMeyer Building Services, ICON, Sequel Health Services and Kratos Global Strategies. He and his company have been the recipient of numerous awards, including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The Brickman Group was recognized with the Society of Financial Professionals’ National Capital Business Ethics Award. Brickman and his wife, Patrice, are involved in many philanthropic causes, including Neediest Kids and Visible Men, where Brickman sits on the Board, the National Center for Women and Children, Stepping Stones Shelter, the Barbara Bush Foundation Celebration of Reading and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Cohen, a native of Frederick, Md., served on the Hood College Board of Trustees from 1983-1995 and was named trustee emeritus upon his retirement. He was recognized with an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2006. In 2009 Cohen and his late wife, Etta, were inducted into the Hood College Hall of Fame for their dedicated commitment to Hood College athletics.
Cohen, a native of Washington, D.C., is the past president of the Photo Marketing Association International. He is also involved in numerous business groups including the World Presidents’ Organization. He is involved in a wide range of philanthropic organizations serving children’s needs, education, faith-based organizations and health-related causes, frequently holding committee or chair responsibilities in these groups as well.
Active in philanthropy in the D.C. area, Davies serves on a number of boards including the Board and Executive Committee of Venture Philanthropy Partners. In addition he is on the board of See Forever Foundation, CharityWorks and The Washington Scholarship Fund.
Richard D. Fairbank is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Capital One Financial Corporation, a broadly diversified financial services company ranked 130th on the Fortune 500. Mr. Fairbank founded Capital One in 1988 based on his belief that the power of information, technology and testing could be harnessed to bring highly customized financial products directly to consumers. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Capital One is the seventh-largest bank in the United States, offering a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. With the company’s newly acquired subsidiary, Chevy Chase Bank, F.S.B., Capital One has approximately 1,000 branch locations in New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Capital One has international businesses in the United Kingdom and Canada.
Capital One has been widely recognized for its entrepreneurial culture, progressive work place, and community engagement. Recently, Capital One has been named to: Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” Fortune’s “20 Great Employers for New Grads,” BusinnessWeek’s “Best Places to Launch a Career,” Working Mother’s “100 Best Companies” and DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity.” Capital One also was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of "Top Companies for Leaders," ranking second in North America and fifth globally. Under Fairbank's leadership, Capital One has demonstrated a strong commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism, supporting a number of area programs focused on community redevelopment and youth education, including DC Cares, the DC College Access Program and Junior Achievement. Fairbank has been recognized for his community and industry leadership, including his 2008 appointment to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. He also was honored as a 2008 Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureate and was named “2006 Banker of the Year” by the American Banker. Fairbank holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University.
Michelle is also the founding president and chairman of the board of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation was created in 2007 to conceptualize, construct and operate sustainable facilities that support the arts, the environment and athletic achievement. Michelle has also served as the president and chairman of the board of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation since 2007. The Carl M. Freeman Foundation has been proudly giving grants and guidance since 1960 to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware and West Virginia. Michelle is a founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners and is currently serving on the boards of The Washington National Opera, CharityWorks and YouthAIDS. She has three children ranging in ages from 6 to 19.
Kay currently serves on the board of directors of the University of Maryland School of Engineering. He is a special partner with ABS Capital, a multibillion dollar equity investment firm focused on healthcare, IT and media companies. Kay is also an honorary member of the board of directors of Venture Philanthropy Partners. He and his family work closely with various charities.
Kim holds a Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering from the University of Maryland, a Master's degree in Technical Management and Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. Kim currently serves on the boards of the Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies, and Global Internet Ventures. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the NASDAQ Listing and Hearing Review Council, and was named one of the 10 most influential Asian Americans in business for 2005 by the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber.
Lerner and his family have been involved in many worthwhile causes including the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The George Washington University, Georgetown Day School, The Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Washington, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Washington and the District of Columbia, JCC Maccabi Games, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Imagination Stage, ADL In Concert against Hate, YouthAids, Juvenile Diabetes, Junior Achievement, Food and Friends and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, among many others. He currently serves as a trustee of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, a member of the board of Hillel at The George Washington University and the advisory board of Israel Bonds.
Mody and SIGNAL were the recipients of multiple industry and growth awards, including Ernst & Young High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, KPMG Peat Marwick High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, Small Business Administration (SBA) Entrepreneur and Business of the Year, Washington Technology Fast 50 growth award, Arthur Andersen’s Best Practices Award for Exceeding Customer Expectations, Deloitte & Touches Fast 500 and Inc. 500, among others.
The Mody Foundation has been actively involved in the Washington-area philanthropic community with participation in numerous organizations, including; Inova Fairfax Hospital pediatric heart program, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Orphan Network, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Easter Seals. The Mody Foundation also has supported Cardinals AAU Basketball, Alexandria Rising Stars Basketball, Joe Gibbs’ Youth For Tomorrow and The Good Samaritan Foundation. He was a charter member of the Washington Redskins Leadership Council and served as chairman of Washington’s 2003 Fight Night, which raised a then record $2 million for the Fight for Children organization.
Nader is involved in a number of philanthropic, business and community organizations, including the Inova Health System Foundation Board, where he is past chairman, and the Inova Health System Board of Trustees. He is a member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and the Young Presidents Organization, a Partner in the Washington Nationals Baseball Club and a principal in SWaN Investors. He is a graduate of John Carroll University and holds an MBA in finance from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Nader, his wife, Annette, and their three children live in Northern Virginia.
Schaufeld is active on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards, including CustomInk.com; Loudoun Country Day School, where he is currently board chairman; Fight For Children; One Voice Movement; and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. He is a member of Venture Philanthropy Partners and the Young Presidents' Organization. Schaufeld is a graduate of Lehigh University and has three children.
Stafford enjoyed a distinguished career in the U.S. military, including serving as the assistant Air Force liaison officer to the Federal Aviation Administration where he was responsible for ensuring Department of Defense initiatives and programs which were integrated into the FAA’s National Airspace System modernization effort. He currently serves on the boards of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Drexel University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Venture Philanthropy Partners and Business Executives for National Security.
Stamas was the former vice chairman of the board of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, Inc., a founding board member of FTI Consulting (NYSE), and also serves on the boards of NexCen Brands, Inc., Gridpoint Technologies, Medicity, Inc., and MidOcean Partners. He is also a venture partner of New Enterprise Associates and is active in numerous local and national civic affairs. In addition to being a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is on the board of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Leadership 100, Caves Valley Golf Club, the Baltimore Orioles, and is an Archon of the International Order of St. Andrew.
A graduate of Lehigh University, White started his career as a CPA with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in New York City. There he was responsible for managing the field work on the Bank of New York and Mitsubishi International Corporation audits. Currently he along with two other founding members of NEW are partners in SWaN Investors, a diversified private investment fund with more than 20 investments, including the Washington Nationals Baseball Club.
He is active on the Board of the Community Foundation of Montgomery County, where he and his wife, Debbie, have a family fund. White is also on the foundation's Sharing Montgomery Grants Committee and a founder and co-chair of the foundation’s Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund (a fund established in response to the current economic downturn focused on helping those in the county in dire need of housing, food and employment). The Whites also are donors in Venture Philanthropy Partners, an innovative philanthropic organization that makes investments in high-performing nonprofit organizations that serve children and youth of low-income families in the National Capital region. In addition, White is the treasurer of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Bethesda, Md.