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When One Specialty Isn’t Enough for a Man

He is a renaissance man of the present time. Jon Urbana has had careers in aviation and photography as well as being known for his active involvement in numerous business ventures.

Aviation

In 2013, Jon Urbana was recognized as an outstanding pilot by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). The FAA sets only the highest of standards for certified pilots in order to minimize preventable and fatal errors during flights. As a result, the fact that Urbana received such recognition means that he likely exceeded the expectations and standards of the FAA in both the educational and medical standards.

Business Ventures

Urbana is particularly known as a former lacrosse athlete for the Villanova Wildcats. He is a co-founder of the Next Level Lacrosse Camps, which are held in Colorado each year. The goal of the camps is to educate youth lacrosse athletes. He also serves as the Head of Business Development in Ellipse Technologies, which is a company that designs and manufactures technologies for various orthopedic and spine disorders.

Photography

Among all of the other things that he does, Urbana has his own blog with WordPress, and another on Tumblr, in which he uploads and comments on his photography. His photographs are simple and mostly still-life of a single object such as a radish, a glass of a smoothie or a group of herbs and spices.

Jon Urbana is no follower. He is the type who takes his own lead whenever he sees a good cause for something. In doing so, he sets the example not only for his young lacrosse students but also for many around the world.

Jon Urbana Supports Earth Force, A New Fundraiser from Jon Urbana on Vimeo.

Changing The Atlanta Hawks Around

When Bruce Levenson rose to the position of principal owner of the Atlanta Hawks, he was taking over a franchise that was nearly stolen from the ownership group by a single owner. The team was in tatters, and it was not competitive at all. The coaching staff and front office had been composed poorly, and there was not a singular face of the franchise that people could look to for guidance.

When Bruce took over, he took his lifelong love of basketball and decades of running UCG into account when he built the team. He hired the best coaches and front office staff possible, and he let them do their jobs. This immediately made him one of the best owners in the NBA as he sat on the NBA board of governors. Also, he was able to stay out of the daily business of the team because he was still in Washington.

He allowed the Hawks to grow on their own without any real interference. When he was not interfering, Danny Ferry was able to hire Mike Budneholzer to coach the team. Halfway through the 2014-2015 season, the Hawks are the best team in basketball. They have no superstars, but they are designed properly. This is all due to Bruce’s visionary leadership.

There are many owners who want to be in the middle of the action, but Bruce Levenson is content to stay out of the mix so that he can let the team do its thing. Even though he has recently put the team up for sale, he is still to be beloved in Atlanta because he gave the Hawks a chance to turn things around. He allowed them to space they needed to become competitive, and that is more than any fan in Atlanta could have asked for.

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