Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Bruce Levenson obtained a B.A. at Washington University in St. Louis then later graduated from law school at American University. During his free time while attending law school, Mr. Levenson wrote for the Washington Star, which launched his career in journalism. He then went on to become a reporter for an energy information newsletter on behalf of Observer Publishing.
In 1977, Mr. Levenson co-founded United Communications Group (UCG), along with Ed Peskowits, from a store room located in his father’s liquor store in D.C. He remains a member of UCG’s board and maintains an advisory position to the company’s executives. One of UCG’s primary functions was publishing Oil Express, a newsletter dedicated to detailing oil industry activities and accomplishments. Since then, UCG has delved into such pursuits as the Oil Price Information Service, along with other newsletters and databases. Being a business information company, UCG, under the guidance of Mr. Levenson, provides information, news and analysis for numerous industries, including energy, healthcare, technology and mortgage banking. GasBuddy, a mobile application that helps consumers locate gas stations in their area with the lowest gas prices is also owned and run by UCG.
In addition to his journalistic and business information endeavors, Mr. Levenson is also a majority partner of Atlanta Hawks LLC, which is comprised of a collection of businessmen who own the Atlanta Hawks, along with the Phillips Arena. A member of the NBA Board of Governors, Mr. Levenson is also the Atlanta Hawks managing partner.
Mr. Levenson and his wife Karen are devout philanthropists and were instrumental in establishing and funding the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership located at the University of Maryland. The focus of the Center is to foster philanthropic interests through education and motivation. Other philanthropic organizations that Mr. Levenson actively participates in are the Hoop Dreams Foundation, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, the SEED Foundation and the I Have a Dream Foundation of Washington, in which he functioned as president, among others.
Along with his business and philanthropy interests, some of Mr. Levenson’s hobbies include participating in the sport of basketball or a relaxing round of golf. ESPN has done a few stories on him to show how well-rounded he is. When he’s not spending time with his grandchildren, or eating Maryland hard-shell crab, he and his wife enjoy traveling, particularly the more adventurous travel expeditions such as their recent four-day camping trip in the Antarctica.