Michael Priest was named president of the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 19, 2007. As the club’s top business executive, he oversees all aspects of the franchise operations and serves as an alternate governor for the club on all National Hockey League-related matters. He has also served as the president of JMAC, Inc., the parent company of the Blue Jackets, since 2001.
Priest joined JMAC, Inc. as vice president, controller in 1996 and was promoted to vice president and chief financial officer in 1997. JMAC, Inc. is the private family holding company of John P. McConnell and the McConnell family, majority owner of the Blue Jackets. JMAC, Inc. also directs numerous investments and charitable activities for the McConnell family.
Priest began his career in 1986 with the public accounting firm of Meaden & Moore, CPAs. During his tenure with Meaden & Moore, he earned his Certified Public Accountant certificate and achieved partner level.
A native of south central Ohio, Priest graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1986. He currently serves on the board of directors for Delaware County Bank & Trust as well as the Executive Committee for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. Priest is one of four managing board members for Columbus Arena Management, LLC (CAM). CAM is the management company for Nationwide Arena.