We are thrilled to welcome Ronnie Lott as our evening's special host!
Ronnie Lott has been a champion and a leader his entire life, on the field, in the boardroom and most importantly, in the community.
On the Field. Ronnie Lott’s legendary football career began at the University of Southern California where was part of the 1978 national championship team, a unanimous All-American in 1980, and a first-round pick in the NFL by the San Francisco 49ers. His NFL tenure included four Super Bowl titles and 10 Pro-Bowl appearances. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
In the Board Room. In 1999, Ronnie, along with former team-mate Harris Barton, co-founded HRJ Capital, a private equity firm focused on access to top-tier venture capital, buyout, real estate and hedge fund managers. HRJ Capital managed over $2 billion in assets before being acquired by Swiss Private Equity firm, Capital Dynamics in 2009. In addition to being a prolific angel investor in early-stage technology companies, Ronnie has gone on to sit on the boards of a number of public and private companies including currently OneMain, GSV Capital, The Jefferson Awards Foundation, and the National Football Foundation.
Around the Community. In 1989, while still playing for the 49ers, Ronnie made a commitment to give back to his community by founding All Stars Helping Kids, whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of poverty and encourage innovation by seed funding start-up nonprofits in the Bay Area. Ronnie also serves on several non-profit boards including the Tipping Point Community and Champion Charities, the latter of which he co-founded with Harris Barton in 2004.
Ronnie currently resides in Cupertino, California with his wife, Karen, and three children. His eldest son, Ryan Nece, retired after a successful career in the NFL.