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Tucker Echols
Broadcast/Web Reporter- Washington Business Journal

Washington, D.C., September 4, 2014 - Let the games for the Games begin. DC2024, the organization hoping to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Washington, unveiled its website Thursday as well as the names of the movers and shakers aiming to get the job done.

D.C. business icons Russ Ramsey and Ted Leonsis, named in March to lead the effort, say "unity" will be the theme of the bid, taking as their inspiration the London 2012 Games.

“In London during the 2012 Games, we saw how Olympic sport united communities and revitalized neighborhoods," Leonsis said in a statement. "We believe our bid for the games will serve as a powerful catalyst for community and economic development already underway across the region.”

D.C. is one of the last four U.S. cities being considered by the U.S. Olympic Committee to bid for the Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2024, as its early planning efforts have paid off.

As bid organizers preach unity, they also have set an example of it in the varied community leaders named to the board. The list includes successful names from the world of sports, hospitality, the culinary arts, politics and all walks of business life.

Washington 2024 board members include:

- Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area

- José Andrés, chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup

- Neil Cohen, president and CEO of District Photo Inc.

- Mark Ein, founder and CEO of Venturehouse Group LLC and founder-owner of the Washington Kastles World Team Tennis Franchise

- Robert G. Hisaoka, president of RRR LLC, chairman of Carsquare

- Jim Hudson, former U.S. representative to the European Reconstruction and Redevelopment Bank

- Sheila Johnson, president, managing partner and governor of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts

- Jeong H. Kim, chairman of Kiswe Inc.

- Mark D. Lerner, principal owner and vice chairman of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club and a principal of Lerner Enterprises

- Kevin Plank, CEO and founder of Under Armour Inc.

- Anthony T. Pierce, partner in charge, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLC

- Linda Rabbitt, founder, chairman and CEO of Rand Construction Corp.

- Joseph Rigby, president and chief executive officer of Pepco Holdings, Inc.

- Denise Rolark-Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer

- Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the National Football League

- Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO of EY

- Anthony Williams, mayor of D.C. from 1999 to 2007 and CEO of the Federal City Council

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