Business Council



RAUL FERNANDEZ
VICE CHAIRMAN & OWNER
MONUMENTAL SPORTS NETWORK


Raul Fernandez is Vice Chairman and Owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, a private partnership which owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the AFL’s Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade, and owns and operates the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Mr. Fernandez also serves as a special advisor to General Atlantic Partners, a growth equity firm with more than $8 billion under management. He previously served as Chairman and CEO for ObjectVideo, a leading developer of intelligent video surveillance software, which he recently sold to Alarm.com. Mr. Fernandez brings more than two decades of executive experience scaling innovative and rapidly growing technology companies.

Mr. Fernandez is well known in the technology industry and the Washington, DC area as the founder of Proxicom, which under his leadership evolved into a leading global provider of e-commerce solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Founded in 1991, he grew the company to over 2,000 consultants and $200 million in revenue before taking Proxicom public in 1999. He later sold the company to Dimension Data in a deal worth nearly $450 million. Mr. Fernandez has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, CNBC, The Industry Standard, The Washington Post, and CNN.

Mr. Fernandez, a native Washingtonian, is an active philanthropist in D.C. regional nonprofits, focusing his energy primarily on educational reform. In 2000 he co-founded Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a philanthropic investment organization based in Washington, DC. Mr. Fernandez is also the Chairman of Fight for Children, and a board member of DC College Access Program (DC-CAP), the DC Public Education Fund, and the Fernandez Foundation.


Camden R. Fine
President and CEO
Independent Community Bankers of America


Camden R. Fine is president and CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), a national trade association representing the interests of nearly 7,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types. ICBA has member banks in every state and territory in the United States.

A native Missourian and career community banker, Fine came to ICBA in May 2003 as president-elect and became president and CEO in March 2004. Prior to coming to ICBA, Fine chartered and organized Midwest Independent Bank of Jefferson City, Mo., and served as its president and CEO for nearly 20 years. In addition, Fine owned Mainstreet Bank of Ashland, Mo., a $50-million-asset community bank. Fine also has a strong background in government. In 1978, he joined the Missouri state government as a budget analyst under then-Gov. Joe Teasdale, and in 1981 former governor Christopher “Kit” Bond appointed Fine as the director of the state Division of Taxation.

Fine has been a passionate advocate for community bank issues for more than 20 years and has been featured and had opinion pieces published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Politico and The Hill newspapers. Fine has made numerous appearances as a guest host on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg Television, PBS and NPR.


Keith Gordon
President & CEO
Fight For Children


Keith Gordon joined Fight For Children in March 2015 as Chief Operating Officer and became President & CEO in 2017. He oversees Fight For Children’s communications, marketing, development, human resources, finance, and strategic planning functions as well as the continued growth of Fight For Children’s main fundraiser, Fight Night.

Mr. Gordon most recently served as the President of National Football League Players Incorporated (NFLPI), the commercial subsidiary of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). He spent six years successfully leading the organization through the 2011 NFL Lockout and into a key period of growth, expansion and record revenues. Previously he held positions at The Lavidge Company in Scottsdale, Arizona where he oversaw its sports marketing division. He also spent seven years at the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he was part of the team marketing and business operations (TMBO) group, and ultimately led business development for its global merchandising group.

Mr. Gordon has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University and is active in many civic and community-based groups in the region, including the DC chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He lives with his wife and two children in McLean, Virginia.


MATTHEW R. SHAY
PRESIDENT AND CEO
NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION


Matthew Shay is president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association. Shay serves as chief advocate and spokesman for the nation’s largest private-sector industry employer, responsible for creating one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans — and generating $2.6 trillion in annual GDP.

Shay previously served as president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, which represents more than 1,200 franchise companies in retail and other industries around the world. During his time as CEO, the IFA adopted an aggressive public policy agenda that led to a series of initiatives to restore much-needed credit to cash-strapped retail and other franchise businesses during the last recession.

Shay has been recognized by CEO Update as one of the top 50 nonprofit chief executives in Washington. He serves on a number of boards and committees, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the American Society of Association Executives where he serves as chair-elect of ASAE and chair of ASAE Foundation, Good360, So Others Might Eat, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100.

Shay is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and The Ohio State University College of Law, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He also holds an honorary doctor of humane letters from Wittenberg University and an honorary degree of professional designation in merchandise marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.


Chris Womack
Executive Vice President and President, External Affairs • Southern Company


Chris Womack is executive vice president and president of external affairs for Southern Company, one of America’s largest energy providers. In this role, Womack directs the company’s public policy strategies and oversees the company’s federal and state governmental and regulatory affairs, corporate communication initiatives and other external engagements.

Womack joined Southern Company in 1988. He has held a number of leadership positions within Southern Company and its subsidiaries. He has served as executive vice president of external affairs at Georgia Power and senior vice president and senior production officer of Southern Company Generation, where he was responsible for coal, gas, and hydro generation for Georgia Power and Savannah Electric. Womack also served as senior vice president of human resources and chief people officer at Southern Company, as well as senior vice president of public relations and corporate services at Alabama Power.

Prior to joining Southern Company, Womack worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative aide to Leon Panetta and as staff director for the Subcommittee on Personnel and Police, for the Committee on House Administration.

Womack is an active civic leader. He has chaired the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau board and the Atlanta Sports Council. He currently serves as a board member of the East Lake Foundation, The First Tee, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Western Michigan University Foundation.