Raul Fernandez (entrepreneur)

Raul Fernandez (Entrepreneur)

Raul Fernandez (entrepreneur)

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<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->Raul J. Fernandez (born c. 1967 in Washington, D.C.) is an American entrepreneur. He is currently Chairman and CEO of ObjectVideo, and co-owner of the NHL Washington Capitals, the NBA Washington Wizards, and the WNBA Washington Mystics.

Historic roots

He grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland son of a Cuban father and an Ecuadorian mother. While in high school, he attended a Capitol Hill fundraiser for Hispanic Republicans with his father. One of his father's friends introduced him to Congressman Jack Kemp's chief of staff leading Fernandez to a part-time intern position translating Spanish documents. During this time he was given his first laptop computer and was his high school yearbook caption read, "Most remembered for being the first to have a computer."

While attending the University of Maryland, he continued to work for Kemp. On Capitol Hill he worked on tax legislation and issues involving Central America using spreadsheets and programs he developed to simulate the impact of various tax plans on different income groups.

Proxicom

In 1991, Fernandez left his job at Digicon and founded Proxicom with $40,000. Under his leadership, the company became a top global provider of e-business services for Fortune 500 companies. Proxicom's ultimate success was sealed with the signing of two big clients in the mid90s MCI and AOL. Fernandez met AOL's Ted Leonsis on an airplane on his way back from launching...
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