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Denise Debartolo York
Co-Chairman

BIOGRAPHY

Denise DeBartolo York & John York

Denise and John York bring long and distinguished careers in sports and business to their roles as Co-Chairmen of the San Francisco 49ers, where they combine their passion for building a championship team with their commitment to being the best possible business partners and community citizens.  

THIRTY-EIGHT YEAR LEGACY IN BUSINESS AND PRO SPORTS

Since Denise’s father, Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., purchased the 49ers in 1977, she has been an integral part of nearly four decades of 49ers football, including 44 playoff contests and five Super Bowl victories. Earlier in her career, Denise served as President of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. Under her leadership, the Penguins were revitalized and transformed into a championship team, winning the Stanley Cup. She is one of only 12 women to have her name engraved on hockey’s famed championship trophy.

A successful entrepreneur, John spent years as Senior Vice President/Director of Racing Operations for the DeBartolo Corporation, instituting programs designed to enhance the fan experience and raise the profile of thoroughbred horse racing. John, a noted pathologist, began his business career in 1982 as founder of DeYor Laboratories in Youngstown, Ohio. From three employees, he molded the company into a 500-person operation with facilities in three states before selling the company to Corning, Inc., in 1993.

As owners of the 49ers, Denise and John provide the resources and guidance to uphold the 49ers celebrated history and oversee the team’s relationship with the Commissioner of the National Football League and other team owners.

TAKING A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE NFL

Denise and John’s dedication to the sport of football extends to the top levels of the NFL.

Denise is an active member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee, where she helps to oversee the League’s ongoing support of the museum that pays tribute to the triumphs of professional football’s greatest stars, including 16 legendary members of the San Francisco 49ers.

John is Chairman of the NFL’s Health & Safety Advisory Committee, which was established in 2011. He is also a member of both the League’s Audit and International committees, the latter of which he previously served as Chairman. Under his leadership, the 49ers became the first team to play a regular season game outside the borders of the United States, taking on the Arizona Cardinals in front of 100,000 fans at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Under his direction, the League expanded its presence abroad with regular season games at Wembley Stadium in London, England. San Francisco has played in London’s Wembley Stadium twice in the last five years, defeating the Denver Broncos in 2010 and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.

CELEBRATING THE TEAM’S LEGENDARY HISTORY

Denise and John have played a pivotal role in fostering tremendous relationships with former players and coaches to help celebrate six monumental decades of 49ers football. Over the past decade, Denise and John have brought back every Hall of Fame enshrinee from the 49ers to be honored for their tremendous contributions to Bay Area sports.

Levi’s® Stadium opened in 2014 with one of the premiere features of the venue being the 49ers Museum presented by Sony, which houses the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame. The two-level, 20,000 square foot space is dedicated to showcasing the past, present and future of the 49ers organization and its commitment to education and innovation.

Under the guidance of Denise and John, the team hosts its annual alumni weekend event to give all players who have donned the red and gold throughout the team’s history a chance to catch up with old friends. They have also worked with players like Joe Montana, Steve Young and Dwight Clark, and the members of the 1981 49ers defense to re-enact and commemorate some of the team’s most famous plays such as “The Catch” and the goal line stand that propelled the team to its first Super Bowl victory. As the team said goodbye to Candlestick Park in 2013, the 49ers commemorated many great memories by honoring the Top 10 moments in the storied history of the venue by welcoming back the alumni who help make them all possible.

ENHANCING THE FAN EXPERIENCE

Denise and John are dedicated to embracing the passion of 49ers fans everywhere. They are committed to giving fans an opportunity to experience the excitement of 49ers football year-round. From the 49ers Foundation’s annual Winter Fest fundraiser in Lake Tahoe, to Pasta Bowl in Santa Clara each summer, they have made it their mission to embrace the fans as family.

Levi’s Stadium® is the culmination of their vision to create an unparalleled game day experience for 49ers fans. The venue not only provides fans the ultimate place to enjoy 49ers football, but it also plays host to a number of world-class sports and entertainment events throughout the year. Through the integration of innovative technology, sustainable practices and ground-breaking design elements, Levi’s® Stadium accurately reflects the best of the Bay Area while bringing fans closer to the game.

Visitors to Levi’s® Stadium immediately notice wider, open concourses that look back into the lower bowl so you don’t miss a minute of the action while waiting for food. A significant increase in the number points of sale for concessions and merchandise and in the number of restrooms was done to limit congestion. From their seats, visitors can marvel at more than 19,000 square-feet of video board space, while using the Levi’s® Stadium App to order food, beverages and merchandise or to watch replays of the action on the field in real-time. Those who visit the NRG Solar Terrace on the roof of the stadium’s suite tower are treated to unbelievable views, while being shaded by 49 solar panel arrays that helped make the venue the first stadium home to an NFL team to open with LEED Gold certification.

Levi’s® Stadium features three signature locations - The 49ers Museum presented by Sony, Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak and Pub restaurant and the 49ers Team Store. Packaged with the venue’s public tours and its special events program, these elements make Levi’s® Stadium a year-round destination.

Levi’s® Stadium has already garnered international recognition having earned the prestigious honor of Sports Business Journal 2015 Sports Facility of the Year and the Sports Venue of the Year at The 2015 Stadium Business Awards in Barcelona, Spain.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS

Under the leadership of Denise and John, the team’s community outreach programs and 49ers Foundation have grown tremendously and are recognized among the most impactful in all of professional sports. In fact, the organization has been nominated for ESPN’s inaugural Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award.

The 49ers Foundation is the non-profit community funding extension of the San Francisco 49ers. Now in its 23rd year, the 49ers Foundation supports development programs for under-served youth that keep them “Safe, On Track, and In School." Since 1992, the Foundation has donated $30.6 million to support non-profits, contributing $4.6 million in 2014, including a $1 million grant to launch the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute at Cabrillo Middle School. A year later, the program was also launched at Santa Clara High School. Each of the last four years, 100 percent of players participated in one-or-more community programs and were joined by ownership, coaching staff, executives or their families at most of these events.

The 49ers ongoing efforts to promote education took significant steps forward in 2014, as Denise and John launched two new educational initiatives designed to make a long-lasting impact for youth throughout the Bay Area and especially in Santa Clara. The Denise DeBartolo York Education Center, located inside the 49ers Museum at Levi’s® Stadium, provides learning platforms that connect, inspire, and engage students in grades K-8. The curriculum features content-rich lessons in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), ingrains invaluable life skills and encourages physical activity. The Center served more than 30,000 children free of charge in its first one alone, and will be expanding its programs to accommodate even more students in year two.

The second program, launched in 2014 and funded by the 49ers Foundation, Chevron and other collaborative partners, is the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute housed at Cabrillo Middle School and Santa Clara High School. Each year the program accepts students from the Santa Clara Unified School District who exhibit great promise and desire and prepare them to engage in scientific research, impactful community-changing projects or become entrepreneurs – putting them on the path to enroll in a top-tier university with a STEM major.

In recognition of their community involvement, the couple has been honored with a number of accolades including the Children Discovery Museum’s Legacy for Children Award, City Year’s Service Leadership Award, Silicon Valley Exemplary Community Leadership Award by Silicon Valley FACES, Outstanding Corporate Philanthropy Award at the Catholic Charities/Catholic Youth Organization’s Loaves & Fishes Dinner, and inclusion on the Top Corporate Philanthropists list for the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The couple’s passion for community involvement extends beyond the Bay Area as well. John has been honored with Loyola University’s Stritch Medal - the highest honor awarded by the school - for his ongoing contributions to his alma mater. Denise and John were honored with the Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center’s Great Communicators Award in recognition of their philanthropic leadership. The couple continues to support the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown, Making Kids Count and the Mahoning Valley United Way, while also being intimately involved with the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which awards college scholarships to deserving Youngstown area high school seniors.

Denise continues to provide mentoring and tuition assistance for at-risk youth throughout all levels of education. She is also involved with the No Stone Unturned Foundation, which provides support for children and their families affected by developmental and neurological disorders. Denise is also passionate about cancer related causes, including The Serenity Garden at the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and the A Way With Words Foundation.

PUTTING FAMILY FIRST

Though Denise and John have accomplished much in their professional careers, they first define themselves as husband, wife and parents.

Their eldest son, Jed, now carries on the family’s legacy -- begun by his grandfather Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., his Uncle Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and his parents -- by serving as CEO of the 49ers. Their son, Tony, is currently an entrepreneur in the high-tech industry in the Bay Area, and is involved with support programs for incarcerated juveniles alongside team pastor Earl Smith. Their twin daughters, Jenna and Mara are pursuing careers in oenology in the Napa Valley. All of the York children share their parents’ passion for community service and are very active in the 49ers Foundation. Denise and John, have one grandchild, Jaxon, the son of Jed and his wife, Danielle.
Denise DeBartolo York & John York

Denise and John York bring long and distinguished careers in sports and business to their roles as Co-Chairmen of the San Francisco 49ers, where they combine their passion for building a championship team with their commitment to being the best possible business partners and community citizens.  

THIRTY-EIGHT YEAR LEGACY IN BUSINESS AND PRO SPORTS

Since Denise’s father, Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., purchased the 49ers in 1977, she has been an integral part of nearly four decades of 49ers football, including 44 playoff contests and five Super Bowl victories. Earlier in her career, Denise served as President of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. Under her leadership, the Penguins were revitalized and transformed into a championship team, winning the Stanley Cup. She is one of only 12 women to have her name engraved on hockey’s famed championship trophy.

A successful entrepreneur, John spent years as Senior Vice President/Director of Racing Operations for the DeBartolo Corporation, instituting programs designed to enhance the fan experience and raise the profile of thoroughbred horse racing. John, a noted pathologist, began his business career in 1982 as founder of DeYor Laboratories in Youngstown, Ohio. From three employees, he molded the company into a 500-person operation with facilities in three states before selling the company to Corning, Inc., in 1993.

As owners of the 49ers, Denise and John provide the resources and guidance to uphold the 49ers celebrated history and oversee the team’s relationship with the Commissioner of the National Football League and other team owners.

TAKING A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE NFL

Denise and John’s dedication to the sport of football extends to the top levels of the NFL.

Denise is an active member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee, where she helps to oversee the League’s ongoing support of the museum that pays tribute to the triumphs of professional football’s greatest stars, including 16 legendary members of the San Francisco 49ers.

John is Chairman of the NFL’s Health & Safety Advisory Committee, which was established in 2011. He is also a member of both the League’s Audit and International committees, the latter of which he previously served as Chairman. Under his leadership, the 49ers became the first team to play a regular season game outside the borders of the United States, taking on the Arizona Cardinals in front of 100,000 fans at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Under his direction, the League expanded its presence abroad with regular season games at Wembley Stadium in London, England. San Francisco has played in London’s Wembley Stadium twice in the last five years, defeating the Denver Broncos in 2010 and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.

CELEBRATING THE TEAM’S LEGENDARY HISTORY

Denise and John have played a pivotal role in fostering tremendous relationships with former players and coaches to help celebrate six monumental decades of 49ers football. Over the past decade, Denise and John have brought back every Hall of Fame enshrinee from the 49ers to be honored for their tremendous contributions to Bay Area sports.

Levi’s® Stadium opened in 2014 with one of the premiere features of the venue being the 49ers Museum presented by Sony, which houses the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame. The two-level, 20,000 square foot space is dedicated to showcasing the past, present and future of the 49ers organization and its commitment to education and innovation.

Under the guidance of Denise and John, the team hosts its annual alumni weekend event to give all players who have donned the red and gold throughout the team’s history a chance to catch up with old friends. They have also worked with players like Joe Montana, Steve Young and Dwight Clark, and the members of the 1981 49ers defense to re-enact and commemorate some of the team’s most famous plays such as “The Catch” and the goal line stand that propelled the team to its first Super Bowl victory. As the team said goodbye to Candlestick Park in 2013, the 49ers commemorated many great memories by honoring the Top 10 moments in the storied history of the venue by welcoming back the alumni who help make them all possible.

ENHANCING THE FAN EXPERIENCE

Denise and John are dedicated to embracing the passion of 49ers fans everywhere. They are committed to giving fans an opportunity to experience the excitement of 49ers football year-round. From the 49ers Foundation’s annual Winter Fest fundraiser in Lake Tahoe, to Pasta Bowl in Santa Clara each summer, they have made it their mission to embrace the fans as family.

Levi’s Stadium® is the culmination of their vision to create an unparalleled game day experience for 49ers fans. The venue not only provides fans the ultimate place to enjoy 49ers football, but it also plays host to a number of world-class sports and entertainment events throughout the year. Through the integration of innovative technology, sustainable practices and ground-breaking design elements, Levi’s® Stadium accurately reflects the best of the Bay Area while bringing fans closer to the game.

Visitors to Levi’s® Stadium immediately notice wider, open concourses that look back into the lower bowl so you don’t miss a minute of the action while waiting for food. A significant increase in the number points of sale for concessions and merchandise and in the number of restrooms was done to limit congestion. From their seats, visitors can marvel at more than 19,000 square-feet of video board space, while using the Levi’s® Stadium App to order food, beverages and merchandise or to watch replays of the action on the field in real-time. Those who visit the NRG Solar Terrace on the roof of the stadium’s suite tower are treated to unbelievable views, while being shaded by 49 solar panel arrays that helped make the venue the first stadium home to an NFL team to open with LEED Gold certification.

Levi’s® Stadium features three signature locations - The 49ers Museum presented by Sony, Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak and Pub restaurant and the 49ers Team Store. Packaged with the venue’s public tours and its special events program, these elements make Levi’s® Stadium a year-round destination.

Levi’s® Stadium has already garnered international recognition having earned the prestigious honor of Sports Business Journal 2015 Sports Facility of the Year and the Sports Venue of the Year at The 2015 Stadium Business Awards in Barcelona, Spain.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS

Under the leadership of Denise and John, the team’s community outreach programs and 49ers Foundation have grown tremendously and are recognized among the most impactful in all of professional sports. In fact, the organization has been nominated for ESPN’s inaugural Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award.

The 49ers Foundation is the non-profit community funding extension of the San Francisco 49ers. Now in its 23rd year, the 49ers Foundation supports development programs for under-served youth that keep them “Safe, On Track, and In School." Since 1992, the Foundation has donated $30.6 million to support non-profits, contributing $4.6 million in 2014, including a $1 million grant to launch the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute at Cabrillo Middle School. A year later, the program was also launched at Santa Clara High School. Each of the last four years, 100 percent of players participated in one-or-more community programs and were joined by ownership, coaching staff, executives or their families at most of these events.

The 49ers ongoing efforts to promote education took significant steps forward in 2014, as Denise and John launched two new educational initiatives designed to make a long-lasting impact for youth throughout the Bay Area and especially in Santa Clara. The Denise DeBartolo York Education Center, located inside the 49ers Museum at Levi’s® Stadium, provides learning platforms that connect, inspire, and engage students in grades K-8. The curriculum features content-rich lessons in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), ingrains invaluable life skills and encourages physical activity. The Center served more than 30,000 children free of charge in its first one alone, and will be expanding its programs to accommodate even more students in year two.

The second program, launched in 2014 and funded by the 49ers Foundation, Chevron and other collaborative partners, is the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute housed at Cabrillo Middle School and Santa Clara High School. Each year the program accepts students from the Santa Clara Unified School District who exhibit great promise and desire and prepare them to engage in scientific research, impactful community-changing projects or become entrepreneurs – putting them on the path to enroll in a top-tier university with a STEM major.

In recognition of their community involvement, the couple has been honored with a number of accolades including the Children Discovery Museum’s Legacy for Children Award, City Year’s Service Leadership Award, Silicon Valley Exemplary Community Leadership Award by Silicon Valley FACES, Outstanding Corporate Philanthropy Award at the Catholic Charities/Catholic Youth Organization’s Loaves & Fishes Dinner, and inclusion on the Top Corporate Philanthropists list for the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The couple’s passion for community involvement extends beyond the Bay Area as well. John has been honored with Loyola University’s Stritch Medal - the highest honor awarded by the school - for his ongoing contributions to his alma mater. Denise and John were honored with the Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center’s Great Communicators Award in recognition of their philanthropic leadership. The couple continues to support the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown, Making Kids Count and the Mahoning Valley United Way, while also being intimately involved with the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which awards college scholarships to deserving Youngstown area high school seniors.

Denise continues to provide mentoring and tuition assistance for at-risk youth throughout all levels of education. She is also involved with the No Stone Unturned Foundation, which provides support for children and their families affected by developmental and neurological disorders. Denise is also passionate about cancer related causes, including The Serenity Garden at the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and the A Way With Words Foundation.

PUTTING FAMILY FIRST

Though Denise and John have accomplished much in their professional careers, they first define themselves as husband, wife and parents.

Their eldest son, Jed, now carries on the family’s legacy -- begun by his grandfather Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., his Uncle Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and his parents -- by serving as CEO of the 49ers. Their son, Tony, is currently an entrepreneur in the high-tech industry in the Bay Area, and is involved with support programs for incarcerated juveniles alongside team pastor Earl Smith. Their twin daughters, Jenna and Mara are pursuing careers in oenology in the Napa Valley. All of the York children share their parents’ passion for community service and are very active in the 49ers Foundation. Denise and John, have one grandchild, Jaxon, the son of Jed and his wife, Danielle.

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