Fred Whitfield Rumors
Jersey sales have been spurred by four players: Ball, free-agent signee Gordon Hayward and returning players Devonte Graham and P.J. Washington. Whitfield and Bennett credited Jordan Brand, the Nike division that resulted from the Hornets owner’s Air Jordan shoes and apparel, with boosting interest through the creation of the City Edition uniforms. The colors, which also include gold and granite, play off of the region’s role as a gold rush site and a financial center dating back to Charlotte’s status as home to the first branch location of the U.S. Mint.
Following the success of the organization’s Swarm The Polls initiative around the 2020 elections, Hornets Sports & Entertainment (HSE) today officially launched its Social Justice Platform, which includes elements related to economic mobility and racial equity, in addition to voting. As part of the launch, the organization unveiled a website at hornets.com/social-justice-platform that will include information on HSE’s initiatives, as well as links to external resources and organizations. “We are pleased to unveil our full Social Justice Platform as we look to make a meaningful impact in the areas of economic mobility, racial equity and voting,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “We are glad to use our voice to raise awareness and provide support around topics that are so important to our community. While social justice is not a new focus for our organization, we are excited about continuing to be more intentional about how we position our efforts.”
Asked about the status of future arena improvements, Fred Whitfield said, “One of the things that we and the city of Charlotte also realize is that there is heavy competition in the entertainment business.” He mentioned arenas in Raleigh and Greensboro as well as nearby South Carolina venues in Greenville and Columbia — all of them gunning for Carolinas concert dates by popular performers who often may play only one or two cities in the region.
As previously announced, Chairman Michael Jordan will continue to run the Hornets and HSE, make all decisions related to the team and organization and will remain the team’s NBA Governor. Hornets President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield remains responsible for overseeing HSE’s day-to-day business operations while President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak will continue to lead the team’s basketball operations.
The Charlotte Hornets, Bank of America and Food Lion Feeds today announced that the organizations will partner for the fourth Military Care Event on Tuesday, March 27, at Spectrum Center. This unique community initiative will feature volunteers from the three organizations packing more than 7,000 care kits that will be distributed to U.S. military members overseas through the USO of North Carolina. “It is incredibly important that we show our appreciation for our troops and the protection they provide,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “We are pleased to partner with our friends at Bank of America and Food Lion Feeds to send these care kits to military members overseas and do our small part to offer our support while they keep our country safe.”
Hornets Sports & Entertainment (HSE) announced today the promotions of Fred Whitfield to President & Vice Chairman, Pete Guelli to Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer and James Jordan to Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer. “I’m extremely proud of the strides that we have made as a business under the guidance of our leadership team,” said Hornets Managing Partner Curtis Polk. “Our entire staff has worked very hard to improve every aspect of our business operations from both the team and arena standpoint. The commitment from our fans and partners since our rebrand to the Hornets has been second to none and we are very excited about our organization’s future.”
When Fred Whitfield is not standing in his usual spot in the tunnel of the Spectrum Center at Charlotte Hornets games, Hall of Famer Michael Jordan probably figures that his close friend and business confidant is making an impression somewhere off the court. Whitfield is Hornets Sports & Entertainment’s chief operating officer, president and minority owner and oversees all business operations. The North Carolina native represented the organization’s efforts to secure the 2017 NBA All-Star Game and re-secure the game in 2019 after the controversial House Bill 2 (HB2) was repealed last year. His efforts have quietly played a major role in keeping the Hornets in Charlotte and sports entertainment afloat in the Spectrum Center.