September 4, 2014 —Let the games for the Games begin. Washington 2024, 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.
Board members of the organization, which changed its name from DC2024, include:
- Russ Ramsey (chair and CEO), co-founder of investment firm Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. Inc. and most recently head of Ramsey Asset Management, a private investment company in Reston
- Ted Leonsis (vice chair), owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Washington Wizards and Capitals, and partner in Revolution Growth, a venture capital firm
- 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., a digital imaging company, and one of the partners in Monumental Sports & Entertainment
- 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 and co-founder of law firm Hudson Leftwich & Davenport
- Sheila Johnson, president, managing partner and governor of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics (and a partner in Monumental Sports & Entertainment) and founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts
- Jeong H. Kim, chairman of Kiswe Inc. and one of the partners in Monumental Sports & Entertainment
- Mark D. Lerner, principal owner and vice chairman of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, a principal of developer Lerner Enterprises, and one of the partners in Monumental Sports & Entertainment
- 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. and director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
- Joseph Rigby, president and chief executive officer of Pepco Holdings Inc., which has agreed to e acquired by Chicago-based Exelon Corp.
- Denise Rolark-Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer, a news organization serving Greater Washington's African-American community
- Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the National Football League and now senior counsel at law firm Covington & Burling and chair of the Georgetown University board
- 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
A version of this article appears online on September 4, 2014, on the Washington Business Journal website with the headline: Olympics-seeking Washington 2024 unveils website, board members (Video).