FRONT OFFICE

E. Stanley Kroenke
Owner/Chairman

Biography

In August 2010, National Football League owners unanimously approved Mr. Kroenke’s bid to become principal owner of the St. Louis Rams.  Mr. Kroenke became sole owner in 2014.  He previously served 16 seasons as co-owner of the club.

Mr. Kroenke is the majority shareholder of Arsenal FC (Barclays Premiere League), London’s storied football club.  He also owns the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.  Mr. Kroenke’s Denver-based company, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, owns the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League.   

Since taking control of the Rams and his other teams, Mr. Kroenke has been widely recognized as one of the top owners in professional sports, as well as a strong and committed leader throughout the community.

In 2012, Mr. Kroenke spearheaded the process that led to the hiring of Head Coach Jeff Fisher and General Manager Les Snead. The regime has developed a strong core of young talent by building through the draft. Of the team’s 22 regular starters, plus special teams, 12 are in their first three years as professionals.

Fisher often cites Mr. Kroenke as the primary reason that serving as the head coach of the Rams is so attractive.

“It is clear the Stan has developed and honed a model for success in the world of sports,” Fisher said. “His relentless commitment to put the best product on the field is demonstrated in his leadership and continual investment in the club and its personnel. His previous success in all of his sports endeavors combined with his desire to always produce a first-class product is apparent in all facets of his ownership style.”

One of the Rams biggest investments has been made along the defensive line, which boasts four first-round draft picks and two Pro Bowlers. The 2013 season saw a breakout year from DE Robert Quinn, who was named to his first Pro Bowl, earned First-Team All-Pro honors, and was named the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year, as he set a new franchise record for most sacks in a single season with 19. Quinn earned his second Pro Bowl honor following the 2014 season. DT Aaron Donald was named to the Pro Bowl as well, while also being honored as the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and receiving the Pro Football Writers of America NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Donald was just the second Ram to earn AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, joining Isiah Robertson, who took home the award in 1971.

St. Louis has also boasted one of the NFL’s top special teams units, led by P Johnny Hekker, a 2013 Pro Bowler and First-Team All-Pro who set the NFL single-season record with a 44.2-yard net punting average during the 2013 season. K Greg Zuerlein has twice earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors and owns several franchise records including the longest field goal (60 yards) and the most 50-plus yard field goals (13) all-time by a Rams kicker. He finished his rookie campaign with seven field goals of 50 or more yards, which ranks second all-time among NFL rookies.

The philosophy of the Fisher-Snead administration has been to build through the draft. In their first two drafts at the helm of the war room, they levied the team’s draft stock to secure the players of highest value to the club and garner additional selections. Their keynote trade came in 2012 when the club executed a deal that sent the second overall pick to the Washington Redskins in exchange for the sixth and 39th picks that year as well as Washington’s first round picks in both 2013 and 2014.

The Rams have started to reap the benefits of the Fisher-Snead era as seven rookies have been named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team following their first season. That group includes Michael Brockers and Janoris Jenkins in 2012, Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree in 2013, and a league-leading three rookies in 2014 with the selection of Donald, Tre Mason and E.J. Gaines.

In the 2014 draft, the Rams recouped the final pay-out from the Redskins’ trade and selected All-SEC offensive lineman Greg Robinson second overall. The draft concluded with the historical selection of Missouri DE Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player to be drafted by one of the four major American professional sports leagues.

When asked about the process of building a contender, Snead was quick to credit Kroenke with affording the coaching and personnel staffs with the tools and environment necessary for success.

“It is evident that Stan knows how to achieve success in the sports world,” Snead said. “His thriving philosophy is apparent in his ownership of the Nuggets, Avalanche, Arsenal FC and other sports endeavors. All of those experiences combined have allowed him to acquire vast knowledge which in turn leads to a clear vision for what we want the product on the field to look and feel like in order to provide the best possible fan experience. Stan provides invaluable resources and the latitude to successfully execute our vision, which is to consistently flourish at all levels.”

With Mr. Kroenke at the helm of the club, the Rams have continued to be one of the strongest philanthropic partners in the St. Louis community. The Rams have received numerous awards for their charitable contributions including being named the “2010 St. Louis Philanthropic Organization of the Year.”  The Rams’ staff has provided over 11,000 hours of service in the community in support of a vast array of charitable services. Those service projects are highlighted annually by a signature community improvement project that is fulfilled by Rams’ staff, players and cheerleaders uniting to assist a local non-profit, school or community in need.

In addition to guiding the Rams, Mr. Kroenke plays an active role in NFL matters. He currently serves on the league’s Broadcast Committee. Among others, he has served on the NFL’s Workplace Diversity Committee. In 2011, Mr. Kroenke worked with his fellow owners to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association to assure labor peace in the NFL for the next 10 years.

Mr. Kroenke’s real-estate development expertise was instrumental in the creation of Rams Park, a premier NFL training facility that serves as the year-round football and business offices of the team.

In addition to his sports team holding, Mr. Kroenke has steadily built a presence in media.  In 2004, Mr. Kroenke launched the Altitude Sports & Entertainment network. The 24-hour regional sports network is home to the Nuggets, Avalanche, Mammoth and Rapids, and also produces the Rams’ preseason television broadcasts. Altitude is the most watched regional sports network in the Rockies and is seen in more than 3.1 million homes in a 10-state territory.

In addition to Altitude, Mr. Kroenke owns KSE Media Ventures, LLC. This subsidiary of KSE manages their outdoor-related multichannel network, as well as publishing and digital media assets. KSE Media Ventures  operates the Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG), which includes The Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, and the World Fishing Network.  Collectively, the OSG businesses tailor to the outdoor enthusiast and gives KSE the largest multimedia portfolio in the world that focus on the outdoor lifestyle, across TV, print and digital media.

Mr. Kroenke’s current and former board and trustee memberships include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Central Bank Holding Company; Boone County National Bank in Columbia; Community Investments Partnership of St. Louis; the College of the Ozarks and the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Kroenke has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri and is an active supporter of Mizzou athletic programs. In February 2009, Mr. Kroenke was enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Joining him in the class was former Rams Pro Bowl defensive end Grant Wistrom.

E. Stanley Kroenke, named after baseball legends Enos Slaughter and Stan Musial, was born in Cole Camp, Mo., and grew up in Mora, Mo. Mr. Kroenke and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Whitney, and a son, Josh, Governor and President of both the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche.
In August 2010, National Football League owners unanimously approved Mr. Kroenke’s bid to become principal owner of the St. Louis Rams.  Mr. Kroenke became sole owner in 2014.  He previously served 16 seasons as co-owner of the club.

Mr. Kroenke is the majority shareholder of Arsenal FC (Barclays Premiere League), London’s storied football club.  He also owns the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.  Mr. Kroenke’s Denver-based company, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, owns the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League.   

Since taking control of the Rams and his other teams, Mr. Kroenke has been widely recognized as one of the top owners in professional sports, as well as a strong and committed leader throughout the community.

In 2012, Mr. Kroenke spearheaded the process that led to the hiring of Head Coach Jeff Fisher and General Manager Les Snead. The regime has developed a strong core of young talent by building through the draft. Of the team’s 22 regular starters, plus special teams, 12 are in their first three years as professionals.

Fisher often cites Mr. Kroenke as the primary reason that serving as the head coach of the Rams is so attractive.

“It is clear the Stan has developed and honed a model for success in the world of sports,” Fisher said. “His relentless commitment to put the best product on the field is demonstrated in his leadership and continual investment in the club and its personnel. His previous success in all of his sports endeavors combined with his desire to always produce a first-class product is apparent in all facets of his ownership style.”

One of the Rams biggest investments has been made along the defensive line, which boasts four first-round draft picks and two Pro Bowlers. The 2013 season saw a breakout year from DE Robert Quinn, who was named to his first Pro Bowl, earned First-Team All-Pro honors, and was named the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year, as he set a new franchise record for most sacks in a single season with 19. Quinn earned his second Pro Bowl honor following the 2014 season. DT Aaron Donald was named to the Pro Bowl as well, while also being honored as the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and receiving the Pro Football Writers of America NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Donald was just the second Ram to earn AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, joining Isiah Robertson, who took home the award in 1971.

St. Louis has also boasted one of the NFL’s top special teams units, led by P Johnny Hekker, a 2013 Pro Bowler and First-Team All-Pro who set the NFL single-season record with a 44.2-yard net punting average during the 2013 season. K Greg Zuerlein has twice earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors and owns several franchise records including the longest field goal (60 yards) and the most 50-plus yard field goals (13) all-time by a Rams kicker. He finished his rookie campaign with seven field goals of 50 or more yards, which ranks second all-time among NFL rookies.

The philosophy of the Fisher-Snead administration has been to build through the draft. In their first two drafts at the helm of the war room, they levied the team’s draft stock to secure the players of highest value to the club and garner additional selections. Their keynote trade came in 2012 when the club executed a deal that sent the second overall pick to the Washington Redskins in exchange for the sixth and 39th picks that year as well as Washington’s first round picks in both 2013 and 2014.

The Rams have started to reap the benefits of the Fisher-Snead era as seven rookies have been named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team following their first season. That group includes Michael Brockers and Janoris Jenkins in 2012, Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree in 2013, and a league-leading three rookies in 2014 with the selection of Donald, Tre Mason and E.J. Gaines.

In the 2014 draft, the Rams recouped the final pay-out from the Redskins’ trade and selected All-SEC offensive lineman Greg Robinson second overall. The draft concluded with the historical selection of Missouri DE Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player to be drafted by one of the four major American professional sports leagues.

When asked about the process of building a contender, Snead was quick to credit Kroenke with affording the coaching and personnel staffs with the tools and environment necessary for success.

“It is evident that Stan knows how to achieve success in the sports world,” Snead said. “His thriving philosophy is apparent in his ownership of the Nuggets, Avalanche, Arsenal FC and other sports endeavors. All of those experiences combined have allowed him to acquire vast knowledge which in turn leads to a clear vision for what we want the product on the field to look and feel like in order to provide the best possible fan experience. Stan provides invaluable resources and the latitude to successfully execute our vision, which is to consistently flourish at all levels.”

With Mr. Kroenke at the helm of the club, the Rams have continued to be one of the strongest philanthropic partners in the St. Louis community. The Rams have received numerous awards for their charitable contributions including being named the “2010 St. Louis Philanthropic Organization of the Year.”  The Rams’ staff has provided over 11,000 hours of service in the community in support of a vast array of charitable services. Those service projects are highlighted annually by a signature community improvement project that is fulfilled by Rams’ staff, players and cheerleaders uniting to assist a local non-profit, school or community in need.

In addition to guiding the Rams, Mr. Kroenke plays an active role in NFL matters. He currently serves on the league’s Broadcast Committee. Among others, he has served on the NFL’s Workplace Diversity Committee. In 2011, Mr. Kroenke worked with his fellow owners to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association to assure labor peace in the NFL for the next 10 years.

Mr. Kroenke’s real-estate development expertise was instrumental in the creation of Rams Park, a premier NFL training facility that serves as the year-round football and business offices of the team.

In addition to his sports team holding, Mr. Kroenke has steadily built a presence in media.  In 2004, Mr. Kroenke launched the Altitude Sports & Entertainment network. The 24-hour regional sports network is home to the Nuggets, Avalanche, Mammoth and Rapids, and also produces the Rams’ preseason television broadcasts. Altitude is the most watched regional sports network in the Rockies and is seen in more than 3.1 million homes in a 10-state territory.

In addition to Altitude, Mr. Kroenke owns KSE Media Ventures, LLC. This subsidiary of KSE manages their outdoor-related multichannel network, as well as publishing and digital media assets. KSE Media Ventures  operates the Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG), which includes The Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, and the World Fishing Network.  Collectively, the OSG businesses tailor to the outdoor enthusiast and gives KSE the largest multimedia portfolio in the world that focus on the outdoor lifestyle, across TV, print and digital media.

Mr. Kroenke’s current and former board and trustee memberships include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Central Bank Holding Company; Boone County National Bank in Columbia; Community Investments Partnership of St. Louis; the College of the Ozarks and the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Kroenke has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri and is an active supporter of Mizzou athletic programs. In February 2009, Mr. Kroenke was enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Joining him in the class was former Rams Pro Bowl defensive end Grant Wistrom.

E. Stanley Kroenke, named after baseball legends Enos Slaughter and Stan Musial, was born in Cole Camp, Mo., and grew up in Mora, Mo. Mr. Kroenke and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Whitney, and a son, Josh, Governor and President of both the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche.