Co-founder of Most Valuable Kids, Daryle was recently the President of Hof Laundry Systems in Beltsville, Maryland as well as the President of Best Lockers, LLC. Hof was the area's largest local provider of coin and card operated laundry equipment to multi-family housing and Best Lockers was the pioneer of the electronic locker system that is now in use on a global scale. Daryle is currently a consultant for CSC Serviceworks. Daryle has an extensive background in non-profit work and was actively involved on the Board of Directors for local branches of the Daniel Heuman Fund for Spinal Cord Research from 1991-1998, The Sharre Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem from 1993-1994, the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington from 1994-2000. Daryle is currently a Board Member for the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, and Woodmont Country Club. A native Washingtonian, Daryle earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Wisconsin in Madison and lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and their four children.
Co-founder of Most Valuable Kids, Beth has a strong background working with
children and improving the quality of life for children in the Washington, DC
area. Beth worked on her Masters in Education at Johns Hopkins University and
taught at Green Acres Elementary in Rockville, Maryland. During this time, Beth
was also actively involved with the Daniel Heumann Fund, serving as
Co-Chairperson and raising money to build awareness for spinal cord research.
Prior to working as an educator, Beth worked as a print advertising account manager
for The Abramson Entertainment Group. Her clients included both MGM and
Twentieth Century Fox. Beth holds her BA from The University of Wisconsin in
Madison and lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband and their four
Marc “Blue” Bluestein is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aquarius Sports and Entertainment, an award-winning sponsorship consulting, activation and experiential marketing agency based in the Washington, D.C. market. A self-described sports aficionado, Mr. Bluestein has spent the last twenty-plus years developing and negotiating integrated sponsorships spanning the Super Bowl, Olympics, NCAA Men’s Final Four, PGA Tour, NASCAR and multiple NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA local franchises, their venues and major events. Aquarius, most recently, was named to the 2018 Chief Marketer 200 List as a Top Marketing Agency; previously the agency was recognized in 2017 and 2015 as an Event Marketer Top 100 Agency, 2016 Promo Magazine Top Shop, 2014 Sports Business Award Finalist for Best Sports and Experiential Marketing Agency and was named to Inc. Magazine’s 2014 and 2013 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S.
Before launching Aquarius in 2007, Mr. Bluestein served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Sportsworx, where he oversaw corporate marketing and sales for Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, the Nationals’ Radio Network, and the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals. He previously served as Senior Director of Sponsorship Sales for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regional sports network (RSN) serving the Washington area. Prior to that, Mr. Bluestein managed integrated sponsorship sales for the nation’s recognized leader in sports journalism, Sports Illustrated. Mr. Bluestein began his career in the sports marketing arena by handling sports media planning and buying for the prominent agency Mediavest Worldwide, where he negotiated sports marketing sponsorships for top consumer brands including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Philips Norelco, among several others.
A strong believer in community service, Mr. Bluestein served on the U.S.A. National Board of Trustees for the United Way, the world’s largest non-profit organization, where he acts as the Board Liaison for the non-profit organization in its long-standing relationship with the National Football League. Blue is also active in the sports marketing industry currently serving as an Board Member of Most Valuable Kids, the University of Central Florida’s DeVos Sport Business Management and University of South Florida’s Sports and Entertainment Management Master Programs, a past Board of Director member of the National Sports Forum, the largest annual gathering of team sports marketing, sales, promotions and current member of the National Sports Marketing Network.
Blue attended the University of South Florida, majoring in business administration and marketing. He loves to travel, coach youth baseball and spend time with his wife Randi and two sets of twins (13 year old Allie and Bryce and 11 year old Colby and Delaney) at their home in Clarksburg, MD.
Travis Booth currently serves as General Counsel/Secretary of Empire Petroleum
Partners, LLC, a multi-regional motor fuel distribution company located in
Gaithersburg, Maryland. In his capacity as General Counsel/Secretary,
Travis is in charge of all legal matters relating to Empire’s business, ranging
from real estate issues to mergers and acquisitions to corporate matters.
Prior to joining Empire, Travis began his career practicing commercial real
estate law in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has represented some of the
largest commercial landlords on the East Coast on all leasing matters ranging
from simple lease agreements to sophisticated negotiations on large mixed-use developments.
A native Washingtonian, Travis earned a bachelor’s degree
from the University of Maryland – College Park before graduating (cum laude)
from University of Baltimore School of Law. Travis currently resides in
Dallas, Texas with his wife (Carrie) and three children.
Jason A. Cohen, D.D.S.
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, Dr. Jason A. Cohen received his
Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After
graduating the University of Maryland Dental School as a member of Gamma Pi
Delta, the Prosthodontic Honors Society, Dr. Cohen completed an Externship and
General Practice Residency at the Baltimore Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
Since then, Dr. Cohen has been in private practice in the Washington, D.C.
suburbs providing General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry. Dr. Jason A.
Cohen is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American
Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association, the D.C. Dental
Society and the Southern Maryland Dental Society. In addition to all of these
memberships, Dr. Cohen devotes significant time to Continuing Education through
additional select organizations including the Dental Science Study Club of
Washington, Maimonides Study Club and Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. In
his free time, Dr. Cohen enjoys running, playing softball and spending time
with his wife Stacy and their 2 sons Corey & Blake.
A veteran of the sports industry, Chris brings over 20+ years of experience to
Tickets.com. As Senior Vice President Chris is an integral member of the
Executive Team and provides strategic leadership, management and vision to the
company’s sales organization to insure the company achieves its plan of revenue
and profitability. As Tickets.com’s Senior Vice President, Chris interacts and
works closely with marketing, product marketing, operational and engineering
teams to help identify product priorities as well as managing the launch of
new-product rollouts to clients. Chris brings a deep client relationship
history at all levels of sports and entertainment as well as knowledge of a
sports and entertainment organization’s sales, marketing and ticket operations.
Previously Chris arrived at the Washington Nationals
Baseball Club as Director, Sales in July of 2006 when Major League Baseball
awarded the DC franchise to the Lerner Family and long time Atlanta Braves and
current Los Angeles Dodgers executive, Stan Kasten. As VP | Managing Director –
Sales & Client Services Chris’s responsibilities include Ticket Sales,
Ticket Services and Ticket Operations. In this role Chris and the entire sales
and marketing staff, along with the communications staff, are charged with
managing a well-coordinated plan to drive sales and develop the Nationals brand
Prior responsibilities as Executive Director, Sales and
Service included all suite, season ticket, group sales and ticket service
elements for the Nationals. In addition to the final season at RFK Stadium,
Chris oversaw all new suite, season ticket and group sales efforts including
relocation of season ticket holders into Nationals Park which opened in March
2008. Most recently Chris has spearheaded the Clubs efforts to introduce RFID
technology to ticketing at the Nationals and league wide.
Chris is currently an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown
University in the SIM (Sports Industry Management) Masters Program. Chris
also gave the commencement address to the 2013 graduating class at the
University of the Potomac here in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining the club Chris was instrumental in the
re-launch and building of a new arena with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats as
Director, Sales. Chris has made previous stops in a sales and marketing
capacity with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (MLB) and Tampa Bay Lightning
A native of Rockford, IL and a graduate of the University of
Florida, Chris began his sports marketing career with the Cincinnati Reds as
Manager, Spring Training Operations in 1991.
Leslie Finfer Gilinson, MVK Treasurer, joins Most Valuable kids with a Business and Accounting background. She holds a CPA and is currently the CFO of AMG Payment Solutions in Gaithersburg. Prior to joining AMG, Leslie was a tax accountant for the Bethesda based firm Rubin, Kasnett & Associates (RKA) and prior to that she was a tax accountant for one of the of the area's most well known accounting firms Snyder, Cohen, Collyer & Hamilton. She had come highly recommended from one of the nation’s most prestigious firms KPMG. Her expertise is in tax, accounting and client relations. Leslie received a BA in Business Administration from The American University and an MS in Accounting also from The American University. She resides in North Potomac, Maryland with her husband, Adam, and their 2 daughters.
Stephen Goodman is Chief Relationship Officer at Arjuna
Solutions. Stephen works on sales, marketing and branding for Arjuna Solutions,
and works directly with For Profit and Not for Profit clients. With
Persanalytix®, Arjuna Solutions’ signature tool, Goodman has been able to merge
some of his greatest passions, marketing and fundraising, by showing his
partners the “Power of Personality” and how to use data to make results-driven
Prior to Arjuna Solutions, Stephen ran business development
for the NFL Players Association. Goodman worked directly with NFL sponsors such
as Pepsi, Visa, Gatorade, Nike and Proctor and Gamble on initiatives that
involved all NFL Player usage and marketing of their sponsorship assets. He
also developed promotional programs and marketing campaigns to support the
NFLPA and its missions.
Goodman is also on the Board of Directors for DC Scores and
on the advisory board or event host committee for several other DC based
organizations. In addition, Goodman is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown
Adam Hordell is a Senior Account Executive at NBC Sports Washington- the
official sports network of the Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, and The Sports
Junkies. Adam manages a variety of accounts in all industries and creates
custom sports sponsorship programs and strategies for companies and advertising
agencies. Adam is responsible for over $4 million dollars in billing for NBC
and he has over 20 years of experience in media sales. He joined NBC Sports in
2006 and prior to that he worked at Clear Channel Radio’s WIHT and WWDC from
2002-2006 and CBS Radio’s WXYZ in Baltimore from 1997-2002. Adam earned a
bachelor’s degree from James Madison University (’96), majoring in electronic
media with a minor in Political Science. Adam grew up in Montgomery County,
Maryland and currently lives in Bethesda with his wife Samantha, their Son
Ryan, and their 3 dogs.
Stephen Lieberman, serves as the general sales manager for Comcast SportsNet
Mid-Atlantic – the region's leader in television and online sports coverage and
the official network of the Redskins, Ravens, Capitals, Wizards and DC United.
In this position, Lieberman directs sales strategy and client services for
Comcast SportsNet within the Washington/Baltimore region and oversees a team of
account executives. Since beginning this role more than four years ago,
Lieberman has generated continued revenue growth and established numerous key
partnerships for the network. A veteran sports media executive, Lieberman has
more than 17 years of experience in sales and marketing. Prior to joining
Comcast SportsNet, he served as the local sales manager for ESPN Radio 1000
(WMVP) in Chicago for five years, where he oversaw local revenue growth for the
radio home of the Chicago Bulls, White Sox and Notre Dame. Lieberman's previous
experience includes account executive positions with several media companies in
the Washington area, including WJMO 99.5, WARW 94.7 and WTEM 980. He also
served as an account executive with Sideware Corporation and began his career
in the community relations department of the Anaheim Ducks. Lieberman is a
member of the faculty at Georgetown University's Sports Industry Management
(SIM) program, where he teaches sales promotion, licensing and sponsorship
development in sports. A Washington-area native, Lieberman earned a
bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina, where he studied sport
administration. He and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Bethesda with their
Kelsey joined the MVK DC board as the first alumni member of the program. Kelsey is a leading broadcast journalist, public relations/marketing specialist and event host. Kelsey is a 2014 graduate of the Philip H. Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland-College Park. During her undergraduate career, she received her Certificate in African-American Studies and BA in Broadcast Journalism. In August 2016, Kelsey received her MPS degree in Sports Industry Management (SIM), with a concentration in Strategic Marketing, Communications & Digital Media from Georgetown University. Kelsey was born and raised in Montgomery County, Md. She is a proud DMV native!
Currently, Kelsey works as a freelance sports reporter, where she has become a fixture in the Washington, D.C. sports scene. She is commonly seen and heard on Fox Sports Radio 1340 AM/96.9 FM where she hosts her own radio show, “Listen In With KNN.” Kelsey was awarded by the Next Generation Entertainment Awards as the “Best On-Air Personality” for her work with her show. Kelsey is also a sideline reporter for the Big East Digital Network (BEDN) covering Georgetown University's women’s basketball team during the season. She also works as a sports host/correspondent for the DKN Sports Network and DC Radio apart of the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment. Kelsey was also featured in "The Legends of Texas Football" documentary that aired on Fox Sports Southwest.
Kelsey has devoted her life to improving the lives of children. Kelsey speaks to youth about the importance of education through her community action project, "Books Breaking Borders: Books to End Educational Bankruptcy," where her aim is eliminating illiteracy and the achievement gap in minority communities. She also is the Manager, of Campaigns and Publications for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
In 2016, Kelsey was awarded as the 2016 Phenomenal Woman of the Year from “Be There Magazine," and in 2017 she was an honoree for the WKYS “Top 30 Under 30” 2017 class, for being a top sports reporter and advancing women and minorities in sports. Kelsey also recently completed her reign as Ms. African-American United 2016. Kelsey was previously Ms. Maryland African-American United and Miss Teen Maryland African-American United. Today, Kelsey hosts many events and serves as a motivational speaker. Kelsey also currently works as a volunteer for Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts as well as many other nonprofit organizations.
Janine Rosen, Board President of MVK, is a skilled marketing
and communications professional. Her career expertise focuses on the
development of strategic, impactful and measureable communications initiatives
and brand reputation management. Currently, Janine serves as a consultant
to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., providing communications counsel to the VP, Corporate
Communications. She helps the team establish annual strategies, manage through
crisis communications and enhance and manage the company’s reputation.
Previously, Janine was the Director, Corporate
Communications for Altria (formerly Philip Morris Companies Inc.) and had a
wide range of responsibilities throughout her career there. She managed the
corporate advertising initiative in 2000 and was responsible for overseeing
their groundbreaking campaign with an annual media budget of more than $250
million. Janine then managed the company name to change to Altria and worked
closely with the Board on the selection and execution of the company’s change.
She then oversaw global internal communications and was responsible for
executive communications to the almost 200,000 employees of Philip Morris USA,
Philip Morris International, Kraft Foods and Miller Brewing around the world.
Janine began her communications career in 1995 at Burson-Marsteller in
New York. During her time there, she worked on communications initiatives for a
number of consumer clients, such as Post cereals.
Janine has a BA in Journalism from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. She currently lives in Potomac, Maryland and enjoys life
with her husband, Stephen, their son, Jake, and daughter, Dylan, all avid
Mike Schaengold is a Shareholder (i.e., Partner) in the
Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP (“GT”), where
he specializes in government contracts and patent law, and in litigation before
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal
Claims. By appointment of the Chief Judges of those Courts, he serves on each
of those Courts' Advisory Councils. Mike is the firm-wide Co-Chair of GT’s
Government Contracts and Projects practice group. He is a Member of the
Advisory Board to The Government Contractor, a Thomson/Reuters West
publication, and was as an officer and Board Member of the Federal Circuit Bar
Association. He has served as an Associate Editor to the Public Contract
Law Journal and to The Federal Circuit Bar Journal. From 1986 to
1988, he served as a law clerk on the Court of Federal Claims and on the
Federal Circuit to Judge H. Robert Mayer. He earned a B.A. from Dickinson
College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. On a
volunteer basis, Mike serves on the Legal Affairs and Audit Committee for the
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.