Chairman: Alan I. Rothenberg
Alan Rothenberg, current chairman of the Los Angeles Sports Council, is the founder and Chairman of 1st Century Bank, which opened in 2004 in
Century City. Rothenberg is also chairman of Premier Partnerships, a sales, marketing, and consulting firm in Santa Monica specializing in sports,
entertainment, and major public facilities and events, serving clients such as the Los Angeles Clippers, the National Basketball Association, Major League
Soccer, and the Rose Bowl. In 2010, Premier received the Sports Business Journal's "Agency of the Year" award.
His involvement with sports includes serving as Chairman of the Board of the breakthrough 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, Chairman and CEO of the 1994 FIFA
World Cup Organizing Committee, which staged the historic and incredibly successful 1994 World Cup, and President of the United States Soccer Federation
(1990-1998). He also is the founder of Major League Soccer, which began in 1996.
Among many honors accorded Rothenberg, the MLS Championship Trophy was named the Alan I. Rothenberg Cup and he has been a recipient of FIFA's Order of
Merit and the United States Olympic Committee Foundation's George Steinbrenner Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service to the Olympic Movement and is a
member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.
A retired partner of Latham & Watkins, Rothenberg was a well-known lawyer in Southern California. Previously, he had been a name Partner and Managing
Partner at Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips for more than 20 years.
Prominent in civic realms, he serves on the board of directors of the United States Soccer Foundation; Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau; Los
Angeles Business Council; and, beginning January 1, 2013, Chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
In 1963, Mr. Rothenberg received a J.D. with distinction from the University of Michigan, where he served as assistant editor of the Michigan Law Review.
Rothenberg and his wife Georgina have three sons and six grandchildren and reside in the Los Angeles area.
President: David Simon
From the halls of government to the fields of America's greatest stadia, David Simon has managed the agendas of high-profile government officials, Olympic
organizers and the Los Angeles Sports Council.
Simon helped to create the Sports Council in 1987 and 1988 and has served as its President ever since. Under his leadership, the Sports Council has brought
events to Southern California with an economic impact of more than $1 billion, launched the annual LA Sports Awards show and created the first-ever
Southern California Fan Code of Conduct. In addition, the Sports Council Foundation for many years has provided thousands of underprivileged Southern
California youngsters with opportunities to attend college and professional football games, offering entertainment and a glimpse of the attractions of
Simon's career in sports started auspiciously, as one of the earliest hires of Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee President Peter Ueberroth in 1979.
During the course of five years in the organization of the most revolutionary Games of the modern era, Simon rose to the rank of Vice President/Government
Relations, coordinating the organizing effort with the needs of dozens of government entities on the local, state, federal and international level.
Following the Games, Simon joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce as Senior Vice President. Noting that Southern California sites were being
consistently overlooked as a site for other major events, he developed a concept for a volunteer sports and business committee that would act as a single
point of contact for bringing special events to the area. After winning the bid to bring the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival to Los Angeles, the fledgling group
helped to bring together three Southern California venues that were bidding against each other, as well as against other cities, to host the NFL's 1993
Super Bowl. By offering a single, unified proposal from the area, offering a choice of venues, the Sports Council helped to impress the NFL and the Rose
Bowl was ultimately selected to host the 1993 game. The group prospered under the leadership of Simon as President and the late John C. Argue, the man
principally responsible for bringing the 1984 Olympic Games to Los Angeles, as Founding Chairman.
His civic involvement includes serving on the boards of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, USA Badminton and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
He also is President of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, a past Chair of the International Relations Committee for the United
States Olympic Committee and has been a featured speaker at SportAccord, the U.S. Olympic Assembly, the IMG World Congress of Sports and other industry
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA and the UCLA School of Law, Simon and his wife Cheryl live in Los Angeles and have a daughter who attends graduate school
on the east coast.
Sports Council directors are elected for a period of two years and are selected from the business and sports community in Southern California. Sports Council directors also serve on the Sports Council Foundation.
Ex-officio members of the Board include:
- Joshua Anderson, Partner, Sidley Austin
- John M. Argue, Senior Managing Director, VerityPoint
- Dan Bane, Chairman & CEO, Trader Joe's Company
- Gary R. Birkenbeuel, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
- Robert T. Bouttier, President & COO, Automobile Club of Southern California
- Rhonda Brauer, Managing Director, Burson-Marsteller
- Jonathan Bruckner, Vice President, Tiffany & Co.
- Jeanie Buss, Executive Vice President, Los Angeles Lakers
- Fred Claire, Board of Directors, Rose Bowl Operating Company
- Judi M. Cordray, Vice President/General Manager, ESPN
- Richard Corgel, Executive Director, Ernst & Young LLP
- Antonio Cue, Owner/President, Chivas USA
- *Ann Meyers Drysdale, Broadcaster, ESPN
- James L. Easton, Chairman, Easton-Bell Sports
- F. Patrick Escobar, Vice President, LA84 Foundation
- * Janet Evans-Wilson, Olympian
- Dennis A. Farrell, Commissioner, Big West Conference
- Terence A. Fitch, Vice President & General Manager, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.
- Robert French, Director-Regional Sales, United Airlines
- Daniel G. Guerrero, Director of Athletics, UCLA
- Pat Haden, Director of Athletics, USC
- Russell A. Hagey, Partner and Managing Director, Bain & Company, Inc.
- George Haines, Vice President & General Manager, Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc.
- Charles L. Harrington, Chairman & CEO, Parsons Corporation
- Daniel M. Hartman, Senior Vice President, DIRECTV, Inc.
- Jeffrey Hill, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
- *Rafer Johnson, Chairman, Special Olympics Southern California
- Murray Joslin, Managing Director, The COPi Companies
- Andrew W. Knox, Managing Partner, HigdonBraddockMatthews LLC
- Dennis Kuhl, Chairman, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
- Craig Levra, Chairman and CEO, Sport Chalet, Inc.
- *Evan Lysacek, Olympian
- *Cathy Marino, President, Southern California Olympians
- Jeffrey Marks, Managing Director, Premier Partnerships
- Patrick McClenahan, President & CEO, Special Olympics World Games 2015
- David A. McGowan, Managing Director, Lunada Bay Associates
- Edward McSpedon, Executive Vice President, The HNTB Companies
- Rob Moore, Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures
- Richard Motzkin, Executive Vice President, Wasserman Media Group
- Robert F. Murray, General Manager, Anaheim Ducks
- *John Naber, Naber & Associates
- *Michael O'Hara, O'Hara Enterprises International, Inc.
- Gerald S. Papazian, Managing Director, Fountainhead Associates, Inc.
- Rick Parent, Executive Vice President, Gumbiner Savett Inc.
- Joan A. Payden, President & CEO, Payden & Rygel
- Greg Penske, President & CEO, Penske Motor Group
- Richard B. Perelman, President, Perelman, Pioneer & Co.
- S. Herbert Perlmutter, Partner, Audit Services, Deloitte
- Thomas Pulchinski, Tournament Director, Northern Trust Open
- Brian Quinn, Director of Athletics, Cal State Fullerton
- Bruce Ramer, Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown
- Andy Roeser, President, Los Angeles Clippers
- David B. Rogers, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
- Rick Rosas, Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
- Tim J. Ryan, President & CEO, Honda Center
- Frank M. Sanchez, Owner/Operator, McDonald's Restaurants
- John Sandbrook, Interim General Manager, L.A. Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena
- Barry A. Sanders, Chairman, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games
- Anthony P. Sciarrino, Global Commercial Banking Market Executive, Bank of America
- Bill Shumard, President & CEO, Southern California Special Olympics
- Steve Simpson, Senior Vice President & General Manager, FS West & Prime Ticket
- Amy K. Stanton, Founder & CEO, Stanton & Company, LLC
- J. Stern, Vice Chairman, The TCW Group, Inc.
- David Sternberg, CEO, Universal Sports
- *Nikki Stone, Podium Enterprises
- William E. Thomson, Jr., AAF Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
- Gary L. Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
- *Peter Vidmar, Chairman, USA Gymnastics
- Phil Wallace, Director of Business Development, ScoreBig, Inc.
- Richard Wirthlin, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
- Daniel York, DIRECTV, Inc.
- Michael Young, Chief Revenue Officer, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Gillian Zucker, President, Auto Club Speedway
- Gene D. Block, Chancellor, UCLA
- Margaret U. Farnum
- Richard J. Foster, President, U.S. Aquatic Sports
- Tommy Hawkins, Hawkins Communications, Inc.
- Franklin R. Johnson, Board Member, International Tennis Federation
- C.L. Max Nikias, President, USC
- Claire L. Rothman
- David Simon, President
- Ben Stilp, Controller
- Mark Meyers, Director of Communications
- Monica Maldonado, Director of Special Events
- Mona Green, Executive Assistant
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