Hurricanes Holdings, LLC, owns the Carolina Hurricanes and operates PNC Arena. Majority owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is joined by 18 minority investor groups in the ownership of the Hurricanes franchise.
Twelve of the 18 partners are:
The remaining six investment partners have chosen to keep their partnerships private.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Michael Kahn has been involved in a family-owned wine and spirits business all of his life. He is the chief operating officer of Empire Distributors Inc., originally founded by his grandfather in 1940. Kahn, who has been nominated as Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year, currently resides in Charlotte with his wife, Wendy, and three sons. Kahn is the Owner and Governor of Carolina's American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a locally-owned communications company which owns WRAL-TV, WRAZ-TV, WRAL-FM, WCMC-FM, WDNC-AM, WCLY-AM, Microspace, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Marketing in the Triangle; WJZY-TV and WMYT-TV in Charlotte; WILM-TV and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Project and Diamond View office buildings in Durham. Jim Goodmon serves as President and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting. Capitol Broadcasting Company owns and operates the Durham Bulls of the International League, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Capitol property 99.9 The Fan (WCMCFM), which is the flagship station of the Carolina Hurricanes' radio network.
Temple Sloan, Jr., has sat or is currently sitting on the boards of some of the most prominent businesses in the Triangle community. He currently serves as chairman of the board for General Parts International, Inc., Trail Creek Investments, Inc. and Highwoods Properties. He was the former Lead Director for Lowe's Companies and also for Bank of America, as well as a partner of Ready Mix Concrete and Al Smith Buick. Sloan was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2010.
Clancy & Theys Construction was founded in Raleigh in 1949 by brothers-in-law E.I. Clancy and John Theys. Today the company is owned by the late E.I. Clancy's family, and is managed by his sons. Tim Clancy is president, and his brother Tick is executive vice president. Clancy & Theys provides a diverse range of construction and construction management services for public, commercial, industrial, retail and residential clients. In addition to its Raleigh headquarters, Clancy & Theys operates offices in Wilmington, Charlotte, Newport News, VA, and Orlando, FL.
Following a Hall of Fame hockey career, Ron Francis joined the Hurricanes front office in 2006, where he currently serves as Executive Vice President and General Manager. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., native retired from his on-ice career on Sept. 14, 2005, following a career in which he established himself as the greatest player in franchise history. Francis scored 549 goals and earned 1,249 assists (1,798 points) over 23 NHL seasons with Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto, and ranks fourth in NHL history in points, behind only Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe. Francis won the Stanley Cup twice with Pittsburgh (1991, 1992) and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 12, 2007.
Abel and Barbara Zalcberg are co-founders of OFM, Inc., a family-owned importer and distributor of office furniture to the trade located in Holly Springs, NC and Phoenix, AZ. OFM is a past winner of the Triangle Business Journal's "Fast 50" award, recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in the Triangle. The Zalcbergs' professional interests also include partnership in a land development company in Holly Springs and Clayton, NC, and a private jet charter company at RDU. Devoted philanthropists, Barbara and Abel Zalcberg's professional interests include commercial and development, a private jet charter company and The Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex. They are also devoted to support Children's Flight of Hope, Kids 'N Community and The Frankie Lemmon School. Abel and Barbara have two children, Blake Zalcberg and Cara Zalcberg Hylton, who each reside in the area.
The investment corporation, Whitney Holdings Inc., was created by Frederick J. Whitney and Timothy M. Whitney in August 2011 for the purpose of investing in the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Club. Originally from Cleveland, Frederick has called Raleigh home since 1974. He began his professional career as a city planner before becoming a financial planning investment advisor. Born in 1978, Timothy Whitney is a Raleigh native. He joined Frederick in the financial planning industry and operates as a portfolio manager. Together, the father and son team are partners of Whitney Wealth Management. Frederick and Timothy are active supporters of the local community and believe that Raleigh greatly benefits from the presence of a professional sports franchise.
Eliza Kraft Olander is retired from the business world and focuses on community development and philanthropy. Brian McHenry is President of McHenry Software. Together they are involved in many national and local charitable organizations, including the Frankie Lemmon School, Triangle Wine Experience, YMCA, SPCA, Band Together and Children's Flight of Hope. They have two children, Michael Olander, Jr., who lives in Raleigh and owns O2 Fitness Clubs in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina, and Amanda McHenry Keesee, a U.S. Naval officer who recently moved back to North Carolina with her husband, Cody Keesee, who is also a Naval officer.
Chuck Hammel is President and owner of PITT OHIO, a successful regional transportation company. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, PITT OHIO operates in ten states, with 21 terminals and more 2,600 employees, and provides its customers with the most reliable service the less-than-truckload (LTL) industry has to offer. Hammel is also highly involved in his community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Riverlife, as well as on the Board of Trustees for Senator John Heinz History Center. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Business Advisory Council, Mayor's Economic Development Panel, Allegheny County Transportation Vision Team and Duquesne Club. Chuck and his wife, Kristen, have four boys, and live in Sewickley, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh.
Mark Rein is the vice president and co-founder of Epic Games, a video game development company based in Cary, NC. Epic Games is well known for the creation of the Unreal Engine technology, which powered the Unreal series of first-person shooters, Infinity Blade series for mobile platforms, as well as the Gears of War series for Xbox 360. The company, which was established in 1991, moved its headquarters to the Triangle in 1999, and today has more than 300 employees worldwide. Originally from Toronto, Rein and his wife, Tara, live in Raleigh with their three children.
Michael and Melissa Colantuoni, along with their two children Anderson and Ashleigh, settled in Raleigh in 2009 after following Michael's executive finance occupation to Boston, San Jose, Colorado and Ohio. Michael completed his high-tech business career at AT&T, where he was in charge of finance, planning and strategy. For more than a decade, Melissa has been director of finance and administration at Visual Action Software, a visualization-based data discovery company. Michael serves on the Board of the Frankie Lemmon Foundation and Melissa is actively involved with the Raleigh Giving Party, and both support many other local charities.
Duane and Margo Fitch created Iceworks as a holding company for their investment in the Carolina Hurricanes in June 2012. Originally from Michigan, Duane and Margo relocated their family to North Carolina in 1982, after Duane completed medical school at the University of Michigan and accepted a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, and he serves as President and CEO of Wilson Digestive Disease Center, which provides diagnostic procedures and treatment for patients statewide. Margo is the CFO of Wilson Digestive Disease Center and a registered nurse. Duane and Margo have three children; Max, a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, serves as Managing Partner of Iceworks; Adam, a graduate of North Carolina State University and owner/operator of AMA Landscape Design; and Adrienne, a student of fashion and textile development at North Carolina State University.