Bruce Levenson: Philanthropist, Businessman, Journalist, Patriot

Bruce Levenson is an American businessman, philanthropist, journalist, and patriot. Mr. Levenson is best known as a co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks LLC, the company that owns and operates the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, as well as Philips Arena, where they play. He is equally well known for being the co-founder of United Communications Group. He is also on the board of directors of TechTarget, an IT industry media company.

Mr. Levenson was born in Washington, D. C. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, with a BA in political science. He began his journalism career at the Washington Star, whilst studying law at American University in Washington, D. C. He and his wife Karen Levenson have been married over thirty years, and have three sons.

Mr. Levenson and his partner Ed Peskowitz founded United Communications Group (UCG) in 1977. UCG originally published a newsletter on developments in the oil industry. Now UCG provides data, analysis, and guidance to customers in a variety of industries world-wide, including but not limited to energy, healthcare, banking, government contractors, software, telecommunications, and technology. The UCG has won over 125 journalism awards since 1978.

Mr. Levenson is a founding board member of TechTarget, and currently serves on its board of directors. TechTarget is an information technology industry media company, which unites technology providers with technology buyers. He has served on the board of directors of the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association. In 1997 he was inducted into the Software and Information Industry Association’s Hall of Fame.

In 2004 Mr. Levenson became an owner of two professional sports franchises, the Atlanta Thrashers (hockey) and the Atlanta Hawks (basketball). Mr. Levenson and his partners sold the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010; the team relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is currently a member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) board of governors, as mentioned on his Wikipedia page.

Although he is justly proud of the Hawks’ success, he considers his greatest success as a philanthropist. He has donated his time and energy, not just his money, to the Community Foundation of Washington, D.C., the Hoop Dreams Foundation, and the U. S. Holocaust Museum. He has given special attention to programs designed to help underprivileged children, further education, and preserve Jewish heritage. Bruce and Karen Levenson created and funded the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. His investments in America’s future through his philanthropy are applied patriotism.

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