Prior to joining AOL, Leonsis founded and was CEO of Redgate Communications Corp., considered the first new-media marketing company, participated in launches of the Apple Macintosh, the IBM PC and Wang office automation, and founded four computing magazines. As majority owner of National Hockey League's Washington Capitals, Leonsis has employed state-of-the-art consumer and interactive initiatives to dramatically boost the Capitals' attendance and revenue. He is a minority shareholder in the National Basketball Association's Washington Wizards with future purchase rights to the team and to Verizon Center in Washington. In addition, Leonsis' investor group owns and operates the Washington Mystics, a franchise of the Women's National Basketball Association.
Leonsis is a former mayor of Orchid, Florida, and sits on the boards of Georgetown University and several charities, where he has used the interactive medium to encourage greater volunteerism and involvement. Recently, he received an Andrew Heiskell Community Service Award from Time Warner, AOL's parent company. Leonsis was named one of the 25 most powerful people in sports by Sporting News and businessman of the year by Washington Business Journal.
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