James L. Speros is an accomplished entrepreneur and former professional football coach and owner, whose background includes several successful ventures in the sports entertainment, technology, hospitality and business industries.
Speros is Chairman and CEO of Velocity Restaurant & Hospitality Group, LLC, a company comprised of Speros’s myriad of hospitality, real estate, technology and sports holdings. He is the owner and founder of Velocity Wings, with seven locations in Northern Virginia and has also developed and opened Social House Kitchen and Tap, with locations in South Riding and Ashburn, Virginia
Speros began his career coaching with the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills for five years. While with the Redskins, he was a member of the 1982 Super Bowl Champions and the 1983 NFC Champions.
From 1993 to 1997, Speros was the President and Owner of the Baltimore Stallions and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. During this time, in 1995 the Stallions became the only U.S. team to win the Grey Cup in the history of the 125-year old league.
Later, Speros was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sideware Systems, Inc., a customer relationship management software company and Chairman, President and CEO of Chalk, Inc., a publicly traded company.
Mr. Speros is involved with several charities which include the JB Awards, which benefits the Special Olympics for the Washington, D.C. area, and was Chairman of the 2007 gala for the Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System. He has served as the Chairman of Special Olympics of Maryland, and as Co-Chairman of the Maryland March of Dimes. He also served as Chairman of the 2008 Washington DC Sports Alliance’s Sneaker Ball.
Mr. Speros was honored by the Touchdown Club of Washington, DC, in 1995, as a Timmie Award winner as “Local Boy Makes Good”. The Touchdown Club honor has become a family tradition as his father, Leo Speros, was honored as the DC Area Player of the Year at Wilson High School in 1949, while Jim’s brother, Pete Speros, was recognized in 1979 as the Prep School School Player of the Year at St. John’s College High School.
Speros is a graduate of Clemson University where he played four years of football and was a member of the Tigers’ 1981 national championship team.