ANC Approves Street Closure Request Related to Brodsky

Photo by The Georgetown Dish
Molly Quinn, President of Washington Sports and Even Management LLC, with colleague Julie Hanson and ANC Chairman Ron Lewis
Molly Quinn, President of Washington Sports and Even Management LLC, with colleague Julie Hanson and ANC Chairman Ron Lewis
ANC2E voted to approve street closures requested by the Washington DC Triathlon scheduled for June 19 despite the refusal of event officials from Washington Sports and Event Management LLC to answer financial questions such as the race's projected revenues and ratio of revenues to charitable contributions.

Calling the street closures "minor," ANC Chairman Ron Lewis led the Commission in a
ANC 2E (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) ANC 2E
unanimous resolution approving the request.

The DC Triathlon has become controversial since founder and owner Charles Brodsky -- also Chairman of the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration, which adjudicates disputes related to liquor licenses citywide -- appeared before the ANC in November to request the street closures. When ANC commissioners asked what percentage of event revenues go to charity, Brodsky said that he didn't know and "couldn’t even guess," according to The Georgetown Metropolitan

The Commission then approved a resolution setting standards to evaluate the many proposed large-scale events in Georgetown requesting street closures and other public benefits. The criteria include the types of road closures, timing of the race and length of inconvenience to neighbors, extent of charitable components, and amount of advance notice to the public.

But when commissioners at the Jan. 3 meeting asked about the ratio of revenues to charity of the DC Triathlon, Molly Quinn, President of Washington Sports and Event Management LLC, which owns the race, said, "We're not obligated to answer financial questions." Charles Brodsky is listed as CEO and Chairman of Washington Sports and Event Management, according to an online biography.

Instead, DC Triathlon officials brought Aliza Bolling, 12, a resident of Hillcrest, with her father Anthony, to speak to the ANC. A participant in a program called ACHIEVE Kids Tri, Bolling said, "I'm a triathlete, not a statistic." She went on to describe her enthusiasm for triathlons and her family's efforts to fight childhood obesity.

Event officials said the DC Triathlon, which expects to draw 2500 participants paying $135 to $190 per person, according to its website, last year contributed $22,000 to ACHIEVE, an organization described as a 501(c)3 "founded in 2007 by Charles (Chuck) Brodsky," who now serves as its Chairman of the Board, according to an another organization's website. Quinn is listed as ACHIEVE's Executive Director on another organization's website. ACHIEVE, according to its website, provides triathlon training and education to children with support from the D.C. government. However, the organization's website lists no address, telephone number, board of directors, or executive management.

Quinn told the ANC that in 2011, Washington Sports and Event Management's DC Triathlon hopes to triple its contribution to ACHIEVE over last year.

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Peter Rosenstein

I was glad to see that the ANC approved the street closures dispite Charles Brodsky's lack of willingness to disclose the financials of his company.

I think it is clear that Mr. Brodsky should rethink how he does business in the City. I agree with him that he may not have an obligation to release the financials of a private company, but clearly there is an obligation to be open and transparent when you have a position with the City that impacts so many people and then you also run a business which asks the City and a local ANC for favors.

The financials of the DC Triathlon should be made public. Mr. Brodsky has every right to make a profit on his business ventures but if it is legitimate he shouldn't be afraid to share the financials with the public.

Anonymous

Beth Solomon's questioning before the ANC last night was right on point and highly commendable. If ABRA Chairman Brodsky had a conflict of interest because he owns the Triathlon, as concluded by at least one member of the City Council and the General Counsel of the Democratic State Committee, it is hardly eliminated by him having another representative of the Triathlon appear on its behalf before the ANC to echo Brodsky's positions. It was disappointing for the ANC to approve the Triathlon in light of this acknowledged conflict, the fact that the Triathlon is a for-profit undertaking, yet its refusal to make sufficient financial disclosures for anyone reasonably to evaluate the extent to which its use of public space has a charitable purpose. It is a reasonable inference that if Chairman Brodsky could have demonstrated that the main or a major purpose is charitable rather than generating profits for himself, he would have done so.