May 29-31, 2017
Chicago, IL

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Jerry Reinsdorf

Chairman, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls & Silver Chalice

Jerry Reinsdorf begins his 37th season as chairman of the White Sox in 2017, securing the longest ownership tenure in franchise history. Throughout his career, Jerry Reinsdorf’s two professional sports teams – the White Sox and Chicago Bulls – have delivered seven World Championship titles to the city of Chicago and its fans. The most recent title was in 2005 when the White Sox swept their way to the team’s first World Series Championship since 1917. The championship was celebrated by a ticker-tape parade, attended by nearly 2 million Chicagoans. Reinsdorf’s legacy extends beyond the playing field into the community.  

In 2013, Reinsdorf received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sports Business Journal.  He also has received the Jefferson Award, which is known as the “Nobel Prize for Public Service” and one of the nation’s top honors for community service and volunteerism; the Barnes and Thornburg Jackie Robinson Award for diversity in the workplace; and the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence for the club’s Volunteer Corps, which has provided more than 41,500 hours of community service in seven years. Both of Reinsdorf’s sports franchises have donated millions of dollars to causes in the Chicago community through a variety of efforts – $14.5 million from the White Sox alone. In 2007, Reinsdorf and the White Sox created the Amateur City Elite (ACE) youth baseball program to provide inner-city youth the opportunity to play in a high-quality travel baseball program. The program has helped nearly 150 athletes earn scholarships to play at the collegiate level, with 18 drafted by major-league teams. 

Reinsdorf graduated from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and earned a law degree from Northwestern University after moving to Chicago in 1957. Reinsdorf and his wife, Martyl, have four children and eight grandchildren.