Monumental Sports & Entertainment owns and operates seven professional sports teams: the NBA’s
Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade
and Washington Valor, the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go and esports Wizards District Gaming in
the NBA 2K League. Monumental, which merged Lincoln Holdings and Washington Sports and Entertainment
on June 10, 2010, also owns and operates Capital One Arena, the premier sports and entertainment
venue in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the group operates MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the Capitals’ state-ofthe
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 fi fth-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.
Vice Chairman, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Raul Fernandez has more than two decades of investing and executive
experience helping scale innovative and fast-growing technology
companies. Most recently, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive
Offi cer of ObjectVideo, a leading developer of intelligent video surveillance
software, which was sold to Alarm.com. He is also a Special Advisor
at General Atlantic, a growth equity fi rm with more than $28 billion under management,
providing strategic support and advice to the fi rm’s investment teams and portfolio companies.
Mr. Fernandez is well known in the technology industry and the Washington, DC area
as the founder of Proxicom (NASDAQ: PXCM), which under his leadership evolved into a
leading global provider of e- commerce solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Founded in
1991, he grew the company to over 2,000 consultants and $200 million in revenue before
taking Proxicom public in 1999. He later sold the company to Dimension Data in a transaction
valued at $450 million. From 2000 to 2002, he served as Chief Executive Offi cer
for Dimension Data North America, an information systems integrator company, and as a
director of its parent company, Dimension Data Holdings Plc, in 2001.
From 2001 until the company was sold in July 2017, Mr. Fernandez served on the board
of directors of Kate Spade & Company, where he was Chairman of the Compensation
Committee. Mr. Fernandez is also currently on the board of directors at AtSite, Inc., a
privately held company that provides innovative building performance management solutions,
and Perfect Sense, Inc., a digital application development platform. He previously
served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Offi cer and President of Proxicom, Inc.,
a publicly traded internet development and e-business consulting company he started in
1991. Mr. Fernandez also served as a member of President George W. Bush’s Council of
Advisors on Science and Technology.
Mr. Fernandez has been profi led by The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, CNBC,
The Industry Standard, The Washington Post, and CNN.
Mr. Fernandez, a native Washingtonian, is an active philanthropist in D.C. regional
nonprofi ts, focusing his energy primarily on educational reform. In 2000 he co-founded
Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a philanthropic investment organization based in
Washington, DC. Mr. Fernandez is also the Chairman of Fight for Children, and a board
member of DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) and the Fernandez Foundation.
Mr. Fernandez is an active technology investor in disruptive companies, including
Undercover Colors, SyncThink, Radius Networks, Cloud9 eSports, Professional Fighters
League (MMA), and Snap+Style Business, a mobile SaaS styling platform that empowers
brands and their associates to engage customers using curation, personalization and
conversion features that deliver proven results.
Mr. Fernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland.
Sheila C. Johnson
Vice Chairman, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
President and Managing Partner, Washington Mystics
Sheila C. Johnson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose accomplishments
span the arenas of hospitality, sports, TV/fi lm, the arts,
education, women’s empowerment and community development.
In 2005, she founded Salamander Hotels & Resorts and now
oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties. Grand Golf Resorts of Florida features
three golf and family resorts reaching from the Gulf to the Atlantic – Innisbrook Resort
near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando, and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. The
luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa opened on August 29, 2013 in Middleburg, Virginia,
in the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country. The latest project, The Henderson, a
Salamander Beach Resort, opened in 2017.
As vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and president and managing
partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, Ms. Johnson is the fi rst African-American
woman to have a stake in three professional sports teams, including the Washington
Wizards (NBA) and the Washington Capitals (NHL). As a founding partner of BET (Black
Entertainment Television), she pioneered modern television programming and created
the award-winning program Teen Summit, an issues-oriented talk show for the network’s
youth viewers. Currently Ms. Johnson produces fi lms that convey a strong humanitarian
message, with completed projects including Kicking It, A Powerful Noise, She Is the Matador
and The Other City, a critically acclaimed documentary about the HIV/AIDS crisis
in Washington, D.C. Her latest fi lm, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, was distributed by Harvey
Weinstein and was nominated for several Screen Actor Guild awards.
Ms. Johnson serves on the Board of Governors for Parsons School for Design in New
York as well as on the boards of Harvard Kennedy School Board Center for Public Leadership
and the Executive Committee of the USGA. In 2006, Ms. Johnson was named
global ambassador for CARE, a leading aid organization that fi ghts global poverty by
An accomplished violinist, Ms. Johnson earned a bachelor of arts in music from the University
of Illinois as well as honorary degrees from numerous other institutions. A mother
of two, she lives in Middleburg, Va., with her husband, the Honorable William T. Newman Jr.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Partners
David T. Blair is chairman of Accountable Health Solutions Inc.,
which is based in Rockville, Md. Accountable Health Solutions is a
healthcare services company that develops technology-enabled solutions
to improve quality, increase effi ciency and reduce costs in the
delivery of healthcare. From its founding in 1998 through 2012, Mr.
Blair served as chairman and chief executive offi cer of Catalyst Health
Solutions Inc., a Fortune 500 company. Catalyst was acquired by SXC
Health Solutions in 2012 for $4.8 billion.
Through their family foundation, Mr. Blair and his wife, Mikel, support a number of local
and national philanthropic organizations. He also serves as a board member and acts in
an advisory capacity to several corporations and non-profi ts. The Blairs reside in Potomac,
Md., with their six children.
Scott Brickman is the managing director of Long Grove Capital
an investment fi rm which invests in a broad array of businesses
The fi rm has a special focus on enterprises with social missions. Mr.
Brickman is the retired Chairman and CEO of the Brickman Group,
the nation’s largest landscape services company which under his
leadership grew from a handful of regional branches to 170 branches
throughout the country employing over 12,000 associates. Mr. Brickman
also serves as a senior advisor to Kohlberg and Co. and the
Conscious Leader Group. He sits on the boards of Osmose, Aegis and Product Lab.
Active in philanthropy with a focus on poverty, homelessness and education. Mr. Brickman
sits on the board of Catholic Charities, The Don Bosco Cristo Rey School, Neediest
Kids, and is a member of Venture Philanthropy Partners.
Neil D. Cohen is the CEO of Snapfi sh.com and President and
Chief Executive Offi cer of District Photo Inc., which is one of the
largest direct-to-consumer digital print, variable data printer and gift
fulfi llment services 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,
Newton Abbott in the United Kingdom and Melbourne, Australia, pro-
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