H. Van Sinclair is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and General Counsel of The RLJ Companies, a holding company founded by Robert L. Johnson that provides strategic investment and direction in and for a diverse portfolio of companies that includes real estate, financial services, hospitality/restaurant, professional sports, film production, gaming and recording industries, automotive retail, and insurance products.
As President, Mr. Sinclair is responsible for the strategic direction of The RLJ Companies, including overall portfolio management, as well as day to day, operational oversight for the highly diversified businesses.
Among other things, Mr. Sinclair managed the acquisition, development and expansion by Robert L. Johnson of the NBA franchise, the Charlotte Bobcats and the Charlotte Arena Operations, LLC.
Mr. Sinclair also served as the Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for the RLJ Urban Lodging Funds, with $5 Billion of assets under management, which focused on limited and focused service hotels in the United States and for RLJ Development, which is the RLJ Companies’ hotel and hospitality company, with hotel properties in the United States and Mexico. In the spring 2011, RLJ Urban Lodging Funds launched a successful Initial Public Offering and is now publicly traded under the name RLJ Lodging Trust.
Mr. Sinclair, a practicing attorney, spent 28 years with the Washington, D.C. and New York law firm of Arent Fox, PLLC, The RLJ Companies’ primary outside counsel, where he provided counsel to a wide variety of business entities and individuals, in the media, technology, banking, real estate, and construction industries. Mr. Sinclair remains Of Counsel to Arent Fox.
Prior to joining The RLJ Companies, Mr. Sinclair, as counsel represented Robert L. Johnson and Black Entertainment Television (BET) for many years, culminating in the sale of BET to Viacom Inc. in 2001. The RLJ Companies was formed soon thereafter.
Mr. Sinclair currently serves on the following boards: ERC Holdings, Inc.; RLJ McLarty Landers Automotive Holdings, LLC; RLJ Entertainment, Inc.; and Innovate/Protect, Inc.