President & Governor, Colorado Avalanche
President & Governor, Denver Nuggets
Since joining the KSE staff in the fall of 2007, Josh Kroenke has established himself as a highly regarded executive while overseeing numerous changes across multiple franchises. Kroenke, 33, was named the Vice President of Team Development for the Denver Nuggets (National Basketball Association) in 2007 and moved into his current role as President and Governor in 2010. In addition to his role with the Nuggets, in May of 2013 Kroenke was named President of the Colorado Avalanche (National Hockey League) while serving as Governor since 2010. In his roles with the Nuggets and Avalanche, Kroenke is involved in every aspect of operations and represents each organization at league ownership meetings. In addition to his roles with the Nuggets and Avalanche, Kroenke serves as an Alternate Governor for the Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer) and works closely with KSE’s executive committee on multiple business operation issues, ranging from finance to marketing.
During Kroenke’s tenure with the Nuggets, the organization has adapted to numerous changes on and off the court to win at least 50 games in five straight non work-stoppage seasons. They also advanced to the 2009 Western Conference finals and captured two Northwest Division titles during that span. On February 22, 2011, Kroenke helped orchestrate one of the biggest trades in league history, completing a three-team, 13-player deal with the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves. After the trade, Kroenke and the Nuggets front office continued to improve its roster through the draft and the trade market, and the Nuggets went on to win a team-record 57 wins during the 2012-13 season. It marked the 10th straight year Denver reached the playoffs – the second-longest active streak in the NBA.
The summer of 2013 proved to be an extremely busy one for Kroenke as he ushered in new eras for both Nuggets basketball and Avalanche hockey. The Nuggets added to their young, energetic core by hiring first-year Head Coach Brian Shaw and General Manager/Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly. On the Avalanche side, Kroenke re-enlisted legends from the franchise’s Stanley Cup teams by hiring Hall of Fame center Joe Sakic as Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy as the team’s Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations. The Avalanche responded by winning 12 of its first 13 games, marking the best start in franchise history and is expected to make the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Athletic competition has always been a passion for Kroenke, who attended the University of Missouri on a full basketball scholarship. He was a contributor during Missouri’s trip to the Elite Eight as a sophomore in 2002, and he earned Academic All-Big XII First Team honors while serving as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. After graduating with a degree in financial management, Kroenke completed a six-month internship with the NBA’s League Office working in its Player Development Department. Upon finishing his internship, Kroenke worked as an analyst and underwriter for Lehman Brothers in their Global Real Estate Group where he assisted with the debt underwriting and securitization of numerous commercial real estate transactions.
Away from the Avalanche and Nuggets, Kroenke serves on the Board of Directors for Arsenal Football Club in London and on the Board of Strategic Development for the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri. Kroenke is an active supporter of KSE charities and is involved in several other charitable endeavors, including the Todd Peglow Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri. He is also a major supporter of the Playing For Change Foundation, which was co-founded by his sister, Whitney, and benefits children worldwide by building schools that specialize in teaching music and arts.