Atlanta Hawk’s basketball operations president, Mike Budenholzer, was
recognized as the NBA All-Star Game head coach of the year for the
2014-2015 season. The winner is selected by a group of American and
Canadian sports writers who each casts votes for first, second, and
third nominees. In addition to the revered title, Budenholzer received
the Red Auerbach Trophy for his great contributions to his NBA team.
Remarkably, since the award’s inception, the acknowledgment was
endowed to 40 different coaches such as Pat Riley, Bill Fitch, Frank
Layden, Mike Brown, and Avery Johnson.
Budenholzer’s distinguished recognition was a direct reflection of
Bruce Levenson’s profound leadership. With approximately twenty years
of management experience, this strategic businessman was uniquely
qualified to serve as the majority shareowner of the Atlanta Hawks.
Throughout his successful term, Levenson was often presented with the
opportunity to share his financial strategies with his group of
partners which included his longtime colleague Ed Peskowitz.
Essentially, the owners acted as a fan advocate by providing the Hawks
enthusiasts with a variety of convenient offerings related to food
concessions, team memorabilia stores, and seat selections. These
well-rounded services appealed to a variety of individuals who shared
a common goal: to support the Hawks in their sport endeavors.
Alongside his renowned ownership, Levenson also operated United
Communications Group which is an information company that he
co-founded with Ed Peskowitz in 1977. Notably, this business focusing
on delivering essential data, news, and analysis for many different
companies in sectors like healthcare, technology, energy, mortgage
banking, and telecommunications. Initially launching the company in
Levenson’s apartment, these two strategic entrepreneurs gradually grew
their business to approximately 900 employees who are based in
Gaithersburg, Maryland. The corporation’s goal is to produce
exceptional products which will help their clients increase profits
and reduce risks by improving overall operational efficiency.
Moreover, their portfolio companies include: WIS, Placeable, KB,
Vantage Products, and CCMI. Amazingly, United Communications Group
recently acquired GasBuddy in March 2013. This mobile application
reports fuel prices in many locations across the United States and
In addition to his noteworthy entrepreneurial endeavor, Levenson was a
member of distinguished boards including TechTarget, BIA Digital
Partners, Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association (NEPA), and
the Hawk’s NBA Board of Governors. He was selected into the Software
and Information Industry Association’s Hall of Fame with his business
partner, Ed Peskowtiz.
Levenson is also an avid philanthropist as he frequently donates to
the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University
of Maryland, the SEED Foundation, Community Foundation of Washington,
D.C., the U.S. Holocaust Museum, BBYO, the Jewish Foundation, the
Hoops Dream Foundation, the Seeds of Peace, Birthright Israel, the
Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute, and the Washington Chapter of I
have A Dream Foundation.
Notably, Levenson holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University
in St. Louis, Missouri and a JD from American University in