Chairman and CEO, ObjectVideo
Raul Fernandez is Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, a private partnership which owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and owns and operates the Verizon Center. Monumental assumed full control of the consolidated entities on June 10, 2010, and Mr. Fernandez led the efforts for new equity in the transaction. As part of his role with Monumental, Mr. Fernandez serves as the alternate representative on the NBA’s Board of Governors’ for the Washington Wizards. 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.
Raul Fernandez is also the Chairman of ObjectVideo, a private technology company that develops video analytics software for automated security surveillance. He is also a Special Advisor to General Atlantic Partners, a growth equity firm with over $17 billion under management. As part of his work with General Atlantic, Mr. Fernandez serves on the board of two portfolio companies; TROW, a Toronto-based engineering and consulting firm and Network Solutions, the leader in web-based domain name and related services.
Raul Fernandez started his technology career when he founded Proxicom in 1991, with $40,000 of his savings. With 4 engineers at the start, Proxicom specialized in custom object oriented application development work for corporate and government clients. Working as an applications developer for NeXT computers, the company grew quickly and was very well positioned as a leading edge multi disciplinary development organization at the beginning of the internet boom. With early customers like Netscape, AOL, MCI and GE, Proxicom was able to position itself very effectively as a one stop shop for the development of business to business and business to consumer websites. With a vertical industry market focus and a concentration on business to business sites, Proxicom enjoyed a tremendous amount of growth in the 1996 to 2001 timeframe. The company went public in 1999 and ultimately sold in 2001. At the time of the sale, Proxicom had grown profitably to more than $200 million in revenue, offices in the US and Europe and had close to 2000 employees. Mr. Fernandez sold Proxicom to Dimension Data, a UK listed technology company based out of South Africa. Mr. Fernandez served as Proxicom’s CEO and Chairman from 1991 to 2001.
Currently Mr. Fernandez also serves on the board of Liz Claiborne and ValueOptions, the nation’s largest independent behavioral healthcare company.
Fernandez, a native Washingtonian, is an active philanthropist in DC regional non-profits, focusing his energy primarily on educational reform. In 2000, he co-founded Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic investment organization based out of Washington, DC. Fernandez sits on various non-profit boards, including America’s Promise, the DC College Access Program (DCCAP), the DC Public Education Fund, and the Fernandez Foundation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.
President and CEO, Abdo Development
Jim Abdo is the president and CEO of Abdo Development, a District of Columbia development and construction company that specializes in luxury residential and retail development. The firm was incorporated in 1996. Abdo Development concentrates its development in and immediately around the urban core of Washington, DC. Some of Abdo Development’s notable recent developments include the development of 480 condominiums on the site of the former Capital Children’s Museum on H Street, NE and 87 new loft condominiums in two warehouse-inspired buildings on Clarendon Boulevard in Arlington.
A graduate of the College of Wooster, Mr. Abdo is married to Mai Abdo, with whom he has two children. He serves on numerous boards, including the DC Preservation League, DC Building Industry Association and Arena Stage. In 2004, Mr. Abdo was appointed to the Washington Convention Center Authority Board where he chairs the Development Committee. Mr. Abdo was also appointed to a two-year term on Fannie Mae’s National Housing Advisory Council.
In 2004, Abdo Development won the DC Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. Mr Abdo was honored with the 2007 CEO of the Year Award from SmartCEO Magazine. He was also named a finalist for the 2007 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
President, Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation
Michele V. Hagans, a native Washingtonian, is the President of Fort Lincoln Realty Company (a property management company), Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation (developer of the 360-acre community in Northeast DC), and Hagans Development Company, which helped construct Metro Center. She is deeply involved in civic and community organizations throughout Washington, DC. Currently she sits on the Boards of numerous organizations including Adams National Bank, the Federal City Council, George Washington University and the Howard University College of Engineering Architecture and Computer Sciences. She has also served on the Boards of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, HEROES, Inc., and YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. Her long-time commitment to civic and volunteer organizations and her success as an entrepreneur have earned her honors and awards from many organizations such as the DC Chamber of Commerce, Family and Child Services of Washington, DC, Commercial Real Estate Women, the United Cerebral Palsy Association of DC and Northern Virginia. Ms. Hagans was recognized as Leader of the Year in 1993 by the Board of Trade. Michele holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Howard University and an MBA from George Washington University. After graduating from Howard, Michele joined the corporate audit staff at General Electric Company. Later, she served as general manager of public parking facilities at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport before coming to the Fort Lincoln New Town Corp. to work with her father.
Keith A. Gordon
President & CEO, Fight For Children
Keith Gordon joined Fight For Children in March 2015 as Chief Operating Officer and became President & CEO in 2017. He oversees Fight For Children’s communications, marketing, development, human resources, finance, and strategic planning functions as well as the continued growth of Fight For Children’s main fundraiser, Fight Night.
Mr. Gordon most recently served as the President of National Football League Players Incorporated (NFLPI), the commercial subsidiary of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). He spent six years successfully leading the organization through the 2011 NFL Lockout and into a key period of growth, expansion and record revenues. Previously he held positions at The Lavidge Company in Scottsdale, Arizona where he oversaw its sports marketing division. He also spent seven years at the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he was part of the team marketing and business operations (TMBO) group, and ultimately led business development for its global merchandising group.
Mr. Gordon has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University and is active in many civic and community-based groups in the region, including the DC chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He lives with his wife and two children in McLean, Virginia.
President, JK Moving Services
A successful business owner and civic leader, Charles S. (Chuck) Kuhn, President ofJK Moving Services, couples his passion for business with an equally strong passion for improving the lives of children in the Washington area.
According to Kuhn, “I set out to create the best moving company in the business. I also am committed to being a good corporate citizen and giving back to the community whenever I can.” From his humble beginning at age 16 working out his parents’ home in Virginia, Kuhn built JK Moving Services into a true Washington, DC-area success story and one of the most respected enterprises in the nation’s moving and storage industry. Kuhn obtained his goal by employing the highest caliber personnel, rewarding them with the most aggressive pension plan in the industry, incorporating leading-edge technology, employing innovative and comprehensive training techniques, and offering a level of customer service unparalleled in the business.
Kuhn and JK Moving Services have earned numerous awards and honors, including the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Blue Diamond Quality First Award, Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative–State Honoree, Better Business Bureau National Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Performance Award, and the Ernst & Young Greater Washington Entrepreneur of the Year.
He served as the Chairman of Fight Night in 2007 and 2008, each year personally raising over $500,000.
President and CEO, District Photo Inc
Neil D. Cohen is the president and chief executive officer of District Photo Inc., which is the largest direct-to-consumer digital print, variable data printer and gift fulfillment service in the world. Mr. Cohen started with the company in 1976 and has been president and CEO since 1989. The company, which has facilities in Beltsville, Md., Chambersburg, Pa., Phoenix and Newton Abbott in the United Kingdom, provides services to most major on-line providers, major retailers and to its company-owned brands. Prior to the digital revolution, District Photo was the largest independent mail order and wholesale photo film processor in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Mr. 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, and 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.
Neil and his wife Marcy have two children: Thea and Keith. Neil was born in Washington, DC, and graduated from the University of Denver. He enjoys skiing, bicycling, running and golf.
Region Vice President, Verizon
Anthony A. Lewis is vice president – Open Development for Verizon Wireless, the premier wireless provider with the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network. He is responsible for leading Verizon Wireless’ new Open Development initiative, which will enable the development community to create devices, software and applications beyond those the company offers, that can run on the Verizon Wireless network.
Prior to this appointment, Lewis was president of Verizon Washington, D.C., a position he held since March 2004. In this role, he oversaw all of Verizon’s operations in the nation’s capital.
Lewis joined Verizon in 1986, then the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia, and held various positions of increasing responsibility, in product line management, sales and regulatory.
Lewis currently serves on the boards of Elizabeth City State University, Fight for Children, DC Children First and the Encore Dance School. He has served on various boards including Chairman DC Chamber of Commerce’s Governing Board 2007, the Board of Associates of Gallaudet University, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the DC Workforce Investment Council, the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Federal City Council, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and City First Bank. He is past president and current member of the Developmental Roundtable for Upward Mobility (DRUM) and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Dr. Kurt Newman
President and CEO, Children's National Medical Center
Kurt Newman, MD is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO in September 2011, Dr. Newman was Surgeon-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National, Washington, DC. Dr. Newman has been an attending surgeon at Children’s National since 1986 and has a special expertise in the surgery of children with thyroid cancer and liver tumors.
Dr. Newman is an expert in clinical resource management and has served as a consultant to several children’s hospitals in conjunction with the Child Health Corporation of America. He is the author or co-author of many publications and is also Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, member of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, and member of the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. He is Chairman-designate of the Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Newman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina and received his medical education at Duke University. He began his surgical training in the Harvard program at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, rising to the level of chief resident. Kurt and his wife Alison, a neonatal nurse practitioner, live in Bethesda, Maryland and have two sons, Jack and Robert. He enjoys traveling with his family, cycling and coaching soccer.
Principal, Fensterheim & Bean, P.C.
Mr. Fensterheim is a Principal in the Washington D.C. law firm of Fensterheim & Bean, P.C., where his practice focuses on entrepreneurial litigation and advice to firms dealing with distressed real estate related assets.
Mr. Fensterheim is the Co-Managing Director of the Farragut Group, LLC, an advisory firm founded in 1992 specializing in the acquisition and compromise of non-performing loan assets. The Farragut Group has advised clients with regard to over one-half billion dollars (book value) in asset transactions. Mr. Fensterheim was also a founder, and served as the Executive Director, of the Real Estate Capital Recovery Association (RECRA), a national non-profit trade association founded in 1989 to represent the interests of firms that provide real estate asset management and related services.
Mr. Fensterheim was a Partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Bayh, Connaughton, Fensterheim and Malone, P.C., from 1989 to 1994, and was an associate in the Washington D.C. law firm of Williams and Connolly from 1981 to1985. During 1985-1989, Mr. Fensterheim was a Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the J.E. Robert Companies, a major national real estate services and investment firm. Mr. Fensterheim received his Juris Doctor degree, Order of the Coif, from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981, and his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Yale University in 1977.
Mr. Fensterheim is a founding board member of Fight for Children, Inc., a Washington-based philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the lives of Washington, D.C. based youths. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and two children.
Fight For Children, Board Member
From 2006 to 2016, Michela English was President and CEO of Fight For Children, where she successfully transitioned the organization to a sustainable, independent nonprofit with a strategic focus on early childhood education. During her tenure she developed a highly skilled and professional staff, and a strong Board of Directors comprised of a diverse group of business and civic leaders.
Michela became a leader in local education reform, serving as a Mayoral appointee and a board member for several prominent education-related initiatives and institutions. Following her retirement from Fight For Children, she remains on the Board and continues to be an active member of the organization.
Michela and her husband Rob Quartel have two adult children. They split their time between Washington, DC, and Gwynn’s Island, Virginia, where she is an avid kayaker in the Chesapeake Bay.
Joe Robert III
Since 2002, Joseph E. Robert III has served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and recently served a tour of duty in Iraq. He is currently a student at American University in Washington, DC. As a Reconnaissance Marine (the Special Operations Capable force of United States Marine Corps), Mr. Robert has advanced training in leadership, communication, and combat life saving skills.
Mr. Robert served as an Assistant Team leader within his unit with responsibility for maintaining overall accountability of all team members. He also served as a navigator and radio operator. He was a Chief Instructor within the Marine Corps, with responsibility for developing training schedules, rules, and regulations for up to 70 students.
Mr. Robert has received numerous awards from the military, including a Certification of Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and a Global War on Terror Service Medal. He serves as a board member of the Youth Leadership Foundation, a DC-based not-for-profit organization that serves disadvantaged young people by boosting academic performance, while developing their moral character.
Mr. Robert graduated from Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pennsylvania in 1998 and attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC.
The Honorable Adrian Fenty
Former Mayor of the District of Columbia
Adrian Fenty served as the fifth Mayor of the District of Columbia from January 2007 – January 2011 where he championed unprecedented initiatives to tackle challenges facing the Nation’s Capital. A visionary with intense focus on reform, Mr. Fenty became a recognized national leader in the areas of urban education reform, public safety, public housing, economic revitalization, healthcare and tourism, all during the most dramatic economic downturn since the Great Depression. Since leaving office, Mr. Fenty has provided strategic advice and business development solutions to an array of clients. Mr. Fenty has served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Politics at his alma mater, Oberlin College and received his JD from Howard University School of Law.
Founder and Chairman, NEW Customer Service Companies
In 1983, Mr. Schaufeld founded NEW Corp. (Now NEWAsurion Corp., where he is currently Vice Chairman) with a $79 investment. NEWAsurion is now the world’s largest consumer product protection company, employing over 12,000 throughout the globe.
In 2006, Mr. Schaufeld founded SWaN Investors (now SWaN and Legend, where he is currently Managing Director), a private equity firm through which he has ownership interests and sits on the boards of numerous companies. Of note, Mr. Schaufeld is a partner in American Honors College, China Senior Care, CustomInk.com, Jose Andres Think Food Group, KIND Healthy Snacks and the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Nationals and Wizards as well as the Verizon Center. Mr. Schaufeld is an Executive Producer of the film “Breakup at a Wedding.”
Mr. Schaufeld is a recipient of Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Under his leadership, NEW was recognized by Inc. Magazine in its “Inc. 500” list of the fastest growing private companies; by JD Power for providing “Outstanding Customer Service Quality;” by the Northern Virginia Technology Council for having the “Hottest Management Team;” and by both the Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian Magazine as providing one of the “Best Places to Work.” Mr. Schaufeld is the patent holder of the Rigid Insurance Form. Mr. Schaufeld is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC and the World Presidents’ Organization. He is a founder and past President of the Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC). He has lectured to business groups and colleges, He has been quoted extensively in numerous publications; and has appeared on CNN and NPR.
Mr. Schaufeld and his wife, Karen, live in Virginia and are active in organizations dedicated to early childhood development, literacy, health, environment, peace and the arts. They sit on the boards of: All Ages Read Together, Amazon Conservation Team, Fight for Children, Journey Through Hallowed Ground, One Voice Movement, and Venture Philanthropy Partners. They are active supporters of the Schaufeld Family Heart Center of the Inova Loudoun Hospital and the Fredrick D. and Karen G. Schaufeld Lower School of Loudoun Country Day School, Leesburg, VA.
The Honorable Anthony Williams
CEO & Executive Director, Federal City Council
Anthony A. Williams is President & Executive Director of the Federal City Council. Serving as a catalyst for progress, the Council tries to enhance the Nation’s Capital by focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities that are facing the City. Mayor Williams served as mayor of the District of Columbia from 1999 to 2007. During his two terms, he stabilized the city’s finances, as well as effectively managed resources to improve services, lower taxes, improve the performance of city agencies, and invest in infrastructure and human services. Following his terms as Mayor, he served as Director of State and Municipal Practice and Arent Fox and was a member of the Corporate Executive Board’s government practice division.
Mr. Williams graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale College, earned a juris doctorate from Harvard Law and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He serves on the boards of a number of organizations focused on the challenges facing urban education and the environment.