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Monumental Sports & Entertainment Refines Organizational Structure and Promotes Three

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Monumental Sports & Entertainment refined its organizational structure and promoted Jim Van Stone, David Touhey and Zachary Leonsis, announced Ted Leonsis, MSE founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO.

MSE owns the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals, WNBA's Washington Mystics and the 20,000-seat Verizon Center as well as overseeing the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex and George Mason University's EagleBank Arena.

Van Stone becomes the organization’s first president of business operations and chief commercial officer; Touhey is the new president of venues; Zach Leonsis is promoted to vice president and general manager on Monumental Network.

“I believe Monumental Sports & Entertainment is well-positioned and poised to become the best and most valuable regional and local sports and entertainment organization,” said Ted Leonsis. “I’m excited about our future as we prepare to expand our portfolio of assets.”

In his role as president of business operations and chief commercial officer, Van Stone will oversee ticket sales and service, corporate partnerships, executive suites, marketing and retail business. Previously Van Stone was MSE’s chief revenue officer, overseeing ticket sales and service, executive suites and corporate partnerships. He joined the Capitals as vice president of ticket sales and service in 2007 before transitioning to his MSE role in 2010. Van Stone previously held senior positions with the Phoenix Coyotes and Comcast-Spectacor, working with both the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As the president of venues, Touhey will oversee all facilities management, including Verizon Center, EagleBank Arena and Kettler Capitals Iceplex as well as information technology. He also will play an integral role in the development of the new St. Elizabeths basketball arena. As he did when he was MSE’s senior vice president and general manager, Touhey will continue to lead all aspects of facility operations, including booking acts, capital improvements, guest services, operations, box office, event production, security, engineering and television and broadcast operations. Touhey joined the Verizon Center staff in 2004 as the senior director of entertainment and became vice president on booking and entertainment in 2007. Previously he spent seven years with Global Spectrum, a private facility management company.

Zach Leonsis expands his role with Monumental Network, becoming the Network’s vice president and general manager. He will continue to oversee the Network’s live and on-demand programming and spearhead the launch of a next-generation OTT platform in the first quarter of 2016. Leonsis became the Network’s director in 2015 after working in a various MSE business development roles for four years, including developing the Network’s initial platform and creating an in-house productions department. Leonsis recently earned his master’s degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

About Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Monumental Sports & Entertainment 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. MSE owns and operates three professional sports teams: the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals and WNBA's Washington Mystics. The group also owns and operates Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University's EagleBank Arena. In January 2013 Monumental Sports & Entertainment launched Monumental Network, a digital platform that serves as the hub for the region’s sports and entertainment news. Visit MonumentalNetwork.com for more information.

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