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Steve Belkin
Steven Bruce Belkin

1947 (age 74–75)
EducationCornell University (BA)
Harvard Business School (MBA)
Occupationentrepreneur, businessman
Known forco-owner of the Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Hawks
Spouse(s)Joan Belkin

Steve Belkin is an American businessman who is the founder of Trans National Group, travel and other services, especially to affinity groups.[1] And a former owner of Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Hawks.[2]


Belkin was born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan where he attended East Grand Rapids High School.[3][4] He is of Jewish descent.[3][5] Later he graduated from Cornell University in 1969 with a BS degree in industrial engineering, and later served on the Board of Trustees and was named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.[1] He also finished Harvard Business School and earned an MBA in 1971. In 1973 launched his first business, marketing discount vacation packages to members of the American Nurses Association and essentially inventing what is now called affinity travel and affinity credit cards.[1] Since then, he has founded 29 other companies, including Trans National Group in 1974.[6][7] The companies currently affiliated with Trans National Group include Trans National Communications, TNT Vacations, TN Real Estate, TN Marketing, Charlesgate West Management and Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick, Massachusetts.[8]

In 2004, he became the largest individual shareholder and principal owner of Atlanta Spirit, LLC; the group that owned the Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Hawks.[9][10][11]

Belkin currently serves as a National Commissioner and Honorary Life Member of the ADL, on the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and a Trustee of the Sports Museum of New England.[7] He lives with his wife Joan and two children in Weston, an affluent Boston suburb.[6]


Throughout his career, Belkin has received several awards and recognition for his philanthropic endeavors.[12]

  • Temple Beth Elohim: Tikkun Olam Award, 2015
  • Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps:  Embracing the Legacy Award, 2010
  • Human Relations Services:  Community Service Award, 2009
  • ADL:  Distinguished Community Service Award, 2003.
  • Reach Out and Read National Center:  Literacy Champion Award, 2002
  • New England Assoc. of Healthcare Philanthropy:  Distinguished Service Award, 2001
  • Cornell University College of Human Ecology:  Alumni Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, 1998


  1. ^ a b c "Steven Belkin, chairman of Trans National Group, is named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year 2004". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  2. ^ "Story Details - Alumni - Harvard Business School". Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  3. ^ a b Frieswick, Kris (May 15, 2006). "Hoop Dreams". Boston Magazine. Retrieved 2021-03-05. Raised in largely gentile East Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was excluded from social gatherings at the local country clubs because he was Jewish, Belkin has given much time and money to Jewish causes.
  4. ^ Library, HBS Baker. "Steven B. Belkin | Baker Library | Bloomberg Center | Harvard Business School". Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  5. ^ Mendelsohn, Ezra Jews and the Sporting Life: Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXIII March 31, 2009
  6. ^ a b Furman, Beth (2011). "Face to Face: An Interview with Steve Belkin - Giving Back". Wellesley Weston Magazine. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  7. ^ a b "Board Members". Hoffman Institute. Archived from the original on 2021. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  8. ^ "Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL) WebNet". Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL) WebNet. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  9. ^ "NBA Board of Governors Approve Transfer of Operations to Atlanta Spirit LLC". Atlanta Hawks. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  10. ^ "Atlanta Spirit LLC Announces Close of Sale for Teams, Arena". Atlanta Hawks. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  11. ^ Lee, Michael. "A blunder-filled era for Atlanta Hawks ownership nears its end". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  12. ^ "Center for Law, Brain & Behavior". 2021-01-15. Archived from the original on 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-03-05.

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