Jack Monfort, Owner of the Colorado Rockies
Jack Monfort made headlines earlier this year when he predicted that the Rockies could win 90 games this season. Monfort is one of two lead owners – alongside brother Dick – with 19 percent ownership stake in the team.
He has contributed significantly to helping the club retain stars such as shortstop Trevor Story.
Early Life and Education
Jack Monfort was born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey with his brothers. At Villanova University for both undergraduate and graduate studies due to its academics and athletics programs; during which time he became a four-year lacrosse and soccer player as well as being inducted into the National Honor Society.
As soon as one starts browsing Dominic Shellard’s 20,000 Twitter messages from De Montfort University’s vice-chancellor Dominic Shellard, it becomes immediately evident that he is no typical university head. His tweets contain football banter and jokes with students and staff, off-the-wall observations about life, as well as more official university announcements – seemingly written by an enthusiastic freshman! Furthermore, he acts as a cheerleader for his institution by recruiting shoe designer Manolo Blahnik as judge of student design competitions while Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein offered internships.
John Monfort has quickly made himself a pillar in the Rocky Mountain region both sports and business-wise. Through the Monfort Foundation, which is managed by his family, he has accomplished extensive philanthropic efforts including giving $10 Million to Children’s Hospital Colorado as well as supporting its Monfort School of Business at University of Northern Colorado. Additionally, he serves on the boards for the Colorado Cancer Center, United Way and Craig Hospital.
Monfort joined the Rockies in October as Director of Professional Scouting, replacing Jon Weil who was elevated to Vice President of Player Personnel before parting ways with both scouting and professional player personnel roles. Monfort will spend most of his time covering Arizona Fall League prospects as well as Single-A California League prospects when needed; otherwise he can also scout in Tucson or wherever necessary.
Achievement and Honors
Jack Monfort has received numerous honors during his distinguished career. He was honored with induction into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Hall of Fame and awarded with the Jack E. Cermak Advising Award. Furthermore, he established the Monfort Professors Program that offers early career faculty at CSU unrestricted research funding support.
At University of Northern Colorado, he currently serves as Dean of the Massey Graduate School of Business and also teaches graduate-level marketing management and performance excellence courses. With his leadership, the School became one of the first institutions to receive President George W. Bush’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2004) as well as being designated by Colorado as a program of excellence.
Additionally, he established the Monfort Foundation and serves on the board at The Rockies Regional Medical Center in Denver.
Dick and Charlie Monfort are involved with the Colorado Rockies ownership. Both own meatpacking companies and invest heavily in various business ventures including real estate and ranches.
Monfort is known for his commitment to his family life and generous donations made on their behalf to various charitable causes.
He is survived by his wife Barbara and four children; seven of which he dearly loves; he also has seven grandchildren whom he cherishes dearly. Montfort was an avid hunter and sportsman, often playing golf and watching football games; collecting rare coins and baseball memorabilia was something he took great delight in doing; police in Polk County are currently seeking help in tracking him down.
Monfort must have amassed considerable wealth through his business ventures; however, one significant source is likely his ownership of the Colorado Rockies MLB team (currently valued at an estimated $1.3 billion).
Outside of media investments, Magness holds various interests in real estate, ranching and data services. He serves as chairman of Denver-based Magness Investment Group LLC as well as owning multiple cable TV, entertainment companies and racing teams as assets under his portfolio.
Philanthropically he has made significant donations to several organizations such as Children’s Hospital in Aurora, United Way of Weld County and Denver Art Museum as well as supporting several scholarships at University of Northern Colorado.