BENS Eisenhower Award

BENS presents its 2015 Eisenhower Award to Under Armour Founder and CEO, Kevin A. Plank and the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.).

The Eisenhower Award honors outstanding Americans whose contributions reflect President Eisenhower’s definition of security as, “…the total product of our economic, intellectual, moral and military strength.” Plank, who founded Under Armour in 1996, built his company into a global brand with over $3 Billion in revenue and a company culture of giving back, particularly to those who served in uniform. Under Plank’s leadership, Under Armour has distributed over 10,000 backpacks to military personnel, contributed over $3.5 million to support injured veterans, started a special “Wounded Warrior” line of apparel that raises awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and initiated multiple programs to support first responders.

Allen, has spent his entire adult life in service and continues to serve as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL following a distinguished 37 year career in uniform. Allen has been the commanding officer of the Marine Corps’ Basic School, commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy and in his last assignment in uniform, Allen served as commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. In addition to leading forces in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Allen’s contingency and combat operations assignments also included Operation Sea Signal in the Caribbean, Operation Joint Endeavor in the Balkans and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. 

The two were honored to a crowd of over 500 industry and national security leaders on April 15, 2015 in Washington, D.C. 
The evening was capped with further recognition for Vietnam-era veterans on the 50th anniversary of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War as well as recognition for Sergeant Bryan Anderson. Anderson received the Distinguished Service Cross for his valor while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2013.


The BENS Eisenhower Award was first presented in 1986 on the 25th Anniversary of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address. Both public servants and private citizens have been selected by members of the BENS Board of Directors to receive the Award. Past recipients have included President Jimmy Carter; Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Condoleezza Rice; Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates, William Perry, and William Cohen; Senators Richard Lugar, Sam Nunn, Carl Levin, John McCain and John Warner; Generals James Jones, John Abizaid, Chuck Boyd and Michael Hayden, as well as business leaders Thomas Watson, Jr., Tom Peters, Norm Augustine, Denis Bovin, Mary and David Boies, Fred Smith, Robert Rubin, Joe Regent, Josh Weston, and John Whitehead, among others.

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BENS would like to thank our generous sponsors:

Diamond Sponsors
The Benaroya Foundation
Norman Chambers, NCI Building Systems, Inc.
Robert K. Kraft, The Kraft Group/New England Patriots
Mark and Sharon Newman
Charles E. Phillips, Infor

Trident Capital Cybersecurity, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors
Constellis Group
Mark J. Gerencser

G.S. Beckwith Gilbert
John P. Morgridge, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Bruce E. Mosler
William F. Murdy
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
Stanley A. Weiss

Gold Sponsors
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
First Data
Maurice R. Greenberg, The Starr Foundation

Dennis Mehiel
Pactolus Private Wealth Management & Dr. Paul G. Stern
Under Armour Board of Directors
Under Armour, Inc.
War Horse, LLC

Silver Sponsors
Patricia C. Barron
Robert S. Cohn

Thomas Dolan, Routine Capital Corp.
Ezra S. Field
John K. Hurley, Cavalry Asset Management
Kenneth G. Langone, Invemed Associates, Inc.
Ramon P. Marks
The Perot Companies
Sagent Advisors, LLC

James Shira, Zurich Insurance
Donald V. Smith

Bronze Sponsors
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
The Boston Consulting Group
Formula Strategy Group
Thomas M. Holder
Richard Kay, Sentrillion

The MCJ Amelior Foundation
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
E. Grant Marsh & Lee Hoffman

Christopher C. Melton, Sr.
The Moglia Family Foundation
Stephen J. Shapiro
Heidi L. Steiger

University of Maryland-College Park

Tribute Committee
Ronald J. Gidwitz
Alfred G. Goldstein
Franklin P. Johnson, Asset Management Co.
Jonathan E. Lewis
Kenneth F. Mountcastle
Alan M. Silberstein
Dendy Young
Efrem Zimbalist, III

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