Pivotal Plays Leadership Awards Highlight the Best from Sports, Business and Community

MorganFranklin and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic honored leaders from the business, non-profit and sports communities Tuesday night at the third installment of the Pivotal Plays Leadership Awards.

Pivotal Plays Leadership Awards

The awards event is designed to bring together thought leaders from government, business sports, and the community to define what constitutes a “Pivotal Play” in their respective fields. This year’s award recipients included Catherine Meloy, president and CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington; Tom Davidson, co-founder and CEO of EverFi, Inc., a leading educational technology company; and London Fletcher, linebacker for the Washington Redskins.

Also honored as the inaugural member of the Pivotal Plays Hall of Fame was Andy Ockershausen, media icon and former boss at WMAL radio, Home Team Sports and currently Comcast SportsNet.

Pivotal Plays originated in 2007 by founding member MorganFranklin Corporation to applaud individuals and organizations that make big impacts in business, government, sports and community whose contributions are often overlooked. The awards event began in 2011 to recognize the efforts of leaders on the field of play, in the office or in the community.

“We are honored to welcome this group of distinguished guests. Their influence on the greater Washington, D.C., area and contributions to the community truly set them apart as Pivotal Players,” said Erik Ayers, vice president of marketing at MorganFranklin. “We have a great group of supporters including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, who has been a partner from the beginning. We also recognize our growing list of business and community supporters, including Sportsworx, Lockton Companies, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), WNEW 99.1, and WJFK sports radio 106.7 ‘The Fan.’”

Catherine Meloy joined Goodwill in 2003, following a successful 20-year career in the radio industry. She said that to be successful it is important to embrace each day and each challenge, to surround oneself with people that will challenge you and to always be a student of life.

London Fletcher is known in the sports world for having never missed a game in his 15-year career, feat unheard-of feat for the position of linebacker. He also has a stellar reputation off the field, heading London’s Bridge Foundation, a non-profit corporation that makes charitable donations centered on teaching children essential life skills.

Emcee Mike Wise and Pivotal Plays Leadership Award-winner London Fletcher, linebacker for the Washington Redskins and head of London's Bridge Foundation.

Tom Davison’s ambitions started long before he co-founded EverFi, running for Maine State Legislature in 1994 while a senior at Bowdoin College. In three successive terms, he pushed to bring education technology to students, a passion that continues to this day as CEO of EverFi. Davidson takes pride in running a business that not only strives to be successful, but also works for the greater good in the community., He said, “businesses can do good and make money – and they should. It should be encouraged.”

Past honorees and panelists have included Bruce Allen, executive vice president and general manager of Washington, D.C.’s professional football team; Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International; Shawn Henry, former executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch; and Morgan Wooten, legendary Hall of Fame head basketball coach at DeMatha Catholic High School.

Mike Wise, Washington Post columnist and radio host for 106.7 “The Fan,” emceed the event and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic anchor and columnist Chick Hernandez moderated the panel.

We would like to congratulate this year’s award recipients for their contributions to business and community.

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