Mark Walsh and Ruxton Ventures Add Innovation Leader Jonathan Aberman as Partner

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Greater Washington Tech Founder and Business Leader Unites With Prominent Tech Leader

Ruxton Ventures, a firm founded by Mark Walsh, an early backer of successful technology startups Blackboard, GoCanvas, Homesnap, Fiscal Note and others, announced that Jonathan Aberman, currently the Dean of Marymount University's College of Business, Innovation, Leadership and Technology, will be joining Ruxton Ventures as a full-time partner. Aberman, described in Forbes as the "unsung hero" of the successful effort to bring Amazon HQ2 to Northern Virginia, is a prominent figure in Greater Washington's technology business community. 

Ruxton Ventures makes seed investments in early-stage technology businesses, with a particular focus on media, marketplaces, data sciences, software, and education. Through Walsh, Ruxton has taken a board seat or other leadership role in many of its investments. Adding Aberman will enhance Ruxton Ventures' reputation as a founder-focused investment firm that directly engages with founders. Ruxton Ventures' expansion will benefit the Greater Washington region's innovation economy, since access to experienced advice and capital is always needed. Aberman will assume his new role immediately upon transitioning out of Marymount.

Aberman is the founding Dean of Marymount's College of Business, Innovation, Leadership and Technology ("BILT"). He conceptualized and then led the formation and growth of BILT, a merger of previously existing programs in technology, business, art and design. Its combination of disciplines and interdisciplinary offerings is unique in the United States. Since becoming Dean in 2019 of BILT's predecessor — the School of Business and Technology — Aberman oversaw BILT's growth and strategic development, managed BILT through the COVID pandemic, and positioned it for continued expansion. During his tenure as dean, BILT achieved record growth in profitability and revenue per student and launched innovative new programs. Aberman is committed to a smooth and seamless transition.

Before Marymount, Aberman was a widely respected observer on the Greater Washington region's growth, writing for The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal. He was an advisor to the Greater Washington Partnership, the 2030 Group, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, and Arlington County Economic Development Corporation. He has consulted with federal, state and local government entities on innovation and economic development and was a senior economic advisor to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's campaign. Through Amplifier Ventures, he helped found successful regional startups including RegScale, Hook Mobile, Spydrsafe, and Zenoss. Previously, he practiced law and served as managing partner of the local offices of two national law firms. 

Mark Walsh, Ruxton Ventures founder, said, "This is the best environment for startup investing I have seen since the mid-1990s. The combination of a massive tectonic change in our economy being forced by AI, with an overreaction to late-stage valuation decreases make it the right time for founders and investors to commit. Experience proves that the best companies come from the toughest times. Adding Jonathan allows us to expand our reach and give our existing portfolio companies access to another experienced hand — one that has deep expertise in finance, law and education."

Aberman added, "Everyone is focused on AI, but ChatGPT is making plain something that tech veterans have known for a while — a business that can serve customers and own and enhance data is defensible. AI is a tool that will create what we call 'Small Language Models.' This is the future of startups — how do you use AI and not be used by it." 

"I truly enjoyed my time at Marymount. I originally thought the job would be a short-term strategic engagement, but it became an engrossing and rewarding four-and-a-half years. I made lifelong friends, and together our team created something special and lasting. I'm very proud of my team and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow BILT and succeed under the leadership of Dr. Irma Becerra." 

Tien Wong, Chairman of Opus8, founder of CONNECTpreneur, and a leading voice in the Greater Washington region's entrepreneur community, sees Aberman joining Ruxton Ventures as an important moment for the region's future. "Adding Jonathan's extensive experience to Ruxton Ventures is quite literally creating a 'dream team.' Founders love these guys. They are smart, approachable and hyper connected. Jonathan is one of the guys we all look to for leadership and for getting the community organized to get things done, like he has with the Tandem Product Academy, FounderCorps, and most recently at Marymount. I couldn't be happier." 

Contact Information:
Mark Walsh
Founder, Ruxton Ventures
walsh@ruxtonventures.com
301 825 5715


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"It's a balance we've been striving to achieve, especially in these dynamic times," says President Tom Elias Hanna. "We understand the challenges presented by both remote work and the need to be in-office."

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Contact Information:
Sean Spicer
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(619) 963-2331


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With Nearly 2,000 Athletes, the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games & Access, North America’s Largest Jewish Teen Sports and Community Building Event, Leaves a Lasting...

With Nearly 2,000 Athletes, the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games & Access, North America’s Largest Jewish Teen Sports and Community Building Event, Leaves a Lasting Impact
Boys 16U Soccer Finals

The Fort Lauderdale Maccabi Soccer team won their gold medal match against the Philadelphia team.

The 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access, hosted by the David Posnack Jewish Community Center (DPJCC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, have concluded with resounding success and heartfelt gratitude to the community that made it all possible. This week-long celebration of sports, camaraderie, and inclusivity has left a lasting impact, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our generous supporters.

Close to 2,000 Jewish teen athletes aged 12-16, representing communities worldwide, gathered in Fort Lauderdale to experience the joy of sports and the power of inclusion. The Games, presented by the JCC Association of North America, offered an unforgettable Olympic-style experience filled with competitions, opening and closing ceremonies, community service, social and cultural events, and opportunities to create Jewish connections that will last a lifetime.

One of the highlights of this year's event was the introduction of JCC Maccabi Access, brought to you by UKG and presented by the Posnack Family Foundation. This program is designed to provide athletes aged 12-18 with intellectual and developmental disabilities an inclusive Maccabi experience. This three-day program, held in conjunction with the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games®, exemplified the event's commitment to inclusivity and diversity.

Scott Ehrlich, CEO of the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, reflected on the Games, stating, "We were overjoyed to welcome Jewish athletes from all corners of the world to Broward County for the 2023 JCC Maccabi® Games & Access. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to our JCC Maccabi Team led by our Co-Chairs, Lori and Mitch Green, Debby and Dennis Eisinger, Davia and Jim Mazur, and Missy and Dan Longman. Their unwavering commitment contributed significantly to establishing an atmosphere that nurtured camaraderie, inclusiveness, and the genuine essence of the Games."

The Games' success was significantly bolstered by the support of honorary co-chairs Scott Scherr, founder of Ultimate Software, and Scot Hunter, co-founder of Emerald Multi-Family Office. Their encouragement to business owners and the backing of corporate and community partners played a pivotal role in the event's success.

Supporting Corporate Sponsors:

  • Emerald Multi-Family Office
  • Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
  • Official Torch Sponsor: Duty-Free America
  • Kent Security
  • Official Beverage Sponsor: Coca-Cola 
  • The Meltzer Group
  • Official Transportation: Sponsor Comcast 
  • Official Media Partner: Clear Channel Outdoor 
  • Official Produce Sponsor: ProEx International
  • Official Pun, Pass, and Kick Sponsor: Miami Dolphins
  • Official Basketball Sponsor: Miami HEAT
  • Official Baseball Sponsor: Miami Marlins
  • Official Cleaning Company Sponsor: AK Building Services
  • Official Swimming Sponsor: Blavatnik Family Foundation 
  • Northland Investments
  • Official V-VIP Dinner Sponsor: Aroma Market & Catering
  • Custom Outfitters LLC
  • FP&L
  • Greenspoon Marder
  • Manne Foundation for Homeless Prevention
  • Official Mitzvah Sponsor: Children's Services Council of Broward County

The 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access were not just about competition; they were also about giving back to the community. The JCC Cares Mitzvah Projects showcased the spirit of service, assembling over 1,000 Rosh Hashanah food baskets for Goodman JFS Seniors and Holocaust Survivors, donating over 2,500 pairs of new sneakers to students, in partnership with Children's Services Council of Broward County, and repurposing 340 medals for the "We Finish Together" organization, spreading kindness to ill children and adults in hospitals.

Among the highlights:

  • Approximately 10,000 spectators attended the Opening Ceremony at FLA Live Arena.
  • 1,620 visiting athletes.
  • 21 Access participants.
  • 375 Coaches & Chaperones.
  • 850 Community Volunteers.
  • 600 Host Families.
  • 215 Local Athletes & Access participants representing Team Fort Lauderdale.
  • 64 delegations, including international representation from Israel, Ukraine, Argentina, South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, and 53 cities throughout the USA.
  • 100 Local businesses and individuals generously supporting.
  • 110,000 bottles of Dasani water, Powerade, and soda provided by Coca-Cola.
  • 47,000 pounds of ice used.
  • 20,000 meals served.
  • 300 athletes and coaches wrapped tefillin daily.

As the Games came to a close, the resounding message was one of unity, inclusivity, and the power of community. The 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access will be remembered not only for the athletic achievements but also for the lasting friendships, cultural exchanges, and shared experiences that will continue to enrich the lives of all those who participated.

For more information about the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access and how you can support future events, please visit dpjcc.org.

Contact Information:
Rixys Alfonso
Corporate Sponsorship Consultant
rixys@causemomarketing.com
305-558-8877

Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer
sehrlich@dpjcc.org
954-434-0499, ext. 313
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Ukrainian team with Stanley

The Ukranian team, sponsored by the David Posnack JCC, poses with Stanley C. Panther at opening ceremonies of the JCC Maccabi Games & Access.

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JCC Access Games Athlete & Coaches

Nico poses with his coaches during a skill competition at the Maccabi Access games.



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