Bill Askinazi was the Assistant Secretary of Business and Economic Development for the Maryland Governor. He managed an agency budget of over $100M and 300 employees that facilitated tens of millions of dollars in development, workforce training and trade grants and loans. Bill coordinated with Maryland’s universities and resident federal facilities to attract over 60.000 new jobs to Maryland in 2003 alone. Bill “decentralized” the bureaucracy of Baltimore and personalized access to resources by opening “Main Street” business resource offices throughout the capital region. Bill has 27 years’ experience in growing companies, finding them capital and partners and protecting their assets. At age 29, he was named the youngest Assistant General Counsel in the 75 year history of then Fortune 500 energy company Combustion Engineering, Inc. (“CE”). CE later became Asea Brown Boveri (“ABB”) a global 200 power generation and distribution company, and Bill managed business units in the U.S., Switzerland and Sweden. He planned the Governor’s trade missions to China and Israel and was instrumental in securing trade MOU’s with both countries for Maryland companies. Bill was a candidate and party nominee for the Maryland House of Delegates, Legislative District 15, in the 2002 campaign. He is an author and frequent speaker on a variety of legal and political subjects on television, and for both educational institutions and legal associations. He is a member of Leadership Montgomery Class of 2006 and served as a Director or advisor to numerous boards including the Hoover Foundation, University of the District of Columbia Business School MdBio., Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, Circle of Hope Therapeutic Riding Center, the Maryland-India Business Council and the Asian Heritage Center among numerous others.
Thomas Doyle, Esq. has been a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Maryland and a leader in the community. Tom has been a leader in organizing, funding and enhancing professional athletic events and team youth sports in the County. He is the co-founder and Owner of the Premier Basketball League, a professional basketball league that features over 20 teams throughout the country. Tom has been in the Entertainment Industry Advisor for over 15 years. He has co-founded a television network @ SPORTS TV and is the founder and owner of the Professional Basketball team the Maryland Nighthawks, later changed to the Washington GreenHawks (www.GoGreenHawks.com ) when the organization became the first green professional sports franchise. He and his family are a vibrant part of Montgomery County’s growth particularly in the charities funding youth sports. Tom founded his law practice in 1992 and over the years has represented professional athletes and sports related businesses in complex transactions. He is a noted trial lawyer recognized in multiple publications as a Top Lawyer and was granted membership in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers as well as membership in the Million Dollar Advocates organization. He has also been an adjunct professor for Montgomery College as well as a frequent speaker at schools and business organizations throughout the Metro area.
Tom has consistently been involved in the work of various charitable organizations, primarily to benefit children with particular emphasis on underprivileged children. As a natural extension of this life-long commitment, recently he founded the charitable organization Green Hoops for Hope (www.GreenHoopsforHope.org ).This organization seeks to educate communities, especially the youngest members thereof, in healthy and environmentally conscious living. The message is conveyed in a unique and particularly engaging way: through the use of professional athletes as messengers.