Bruce Levenson is an American businessperson who is a philanthropist and former owner of NBA team. Mr. Bruce Levenson was an owner of Atlanta Hawks LLC that owns the Hawks basketball team and Philips Arena. He has served as the Hawks Governor since the year 2004. In 1997, Mr. Bruce Levenson founded United Communications Group. He is a founding member and an executive of the board of directors of a publicly traded IT company TechTarget.
- His education and early life
He was born to a Jewish couple in Washington D.C. and was brought up in Chavy Chase, Maryland. He took his college studies in St. Louis at Washington University. He later attended American University where he finally graduated from the law school. While he was studying at the school of law, he started journalism career at Washington Star.
Bruce Levenson career
Mr. Bruce Levenson together with Ed Peskowitz in 1997 co-founded United Communications Group that is based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The company was situated at Levenson’s apartment. They later published a newsletter, Oil Express. The newsletter focused on the advancements in the oil industry. UCG later published other newsletters including databases for instance Oil Price Information Service. UCG is a private company that focuses on analysis of data and news in various industries:
- Mortgage banking
The company also owns GasBuddy. This is a mobile software that enables drivers in identifying regional low gas prices.
- Atlanta Hawks
In 2004, Atlanta Spirit LLC was founded with an intention of buying Atlanta Hawks from a Broadcasting Company, Turner. Levenson, as well as Ed Peskowitz, is a major partner of Atlanta Hawks LLC. The association is a group of businesspersons who own the Phillips Arena and a basketball team. Mr. Levenson is a managing partner of the team and a member of the NBA Executive Board.
As the team’s general manager and the head of the basketball operations, in 2012 he hired Danny Ferry. In the month of March 2014, Levenson and his wife accompanied the team on a trip to the US Holocaust Museum. In attendance was Levenson’s mother-in-law, Irene Boyarsky, who happened to be a Holocaust survivor. Levenson narrated of her experience before the trip and after.
- Other achievements of Bruce Levenson
He is a founding member and a board executive of the TechTarget. The company developed out of the UCG, and Bruce functioned as the managing director. He served in this office from 1999 to 2012. He also served as a legal adviser to a private firm BIA Digital Partners. He was on the executive board of directors of NEPA. NEPA stands for Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association.