Jeff Hunt stepping down as president of the Redblacks

Jeff Hunt is stepping down as president of the Ottawa Redblacks, at the end of the 2018 season.

The Redblacks announced the move on Tuesday morning.

Hunt is a part-owner of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, which controls the Redblacks, the Ottawa 67s hockey team and the Ottawa Fury soccer club.

“I’m an entrepreneur and marketer at heart,” said Hunt in a release. “The day-to-day operations of a business is not my favourite thing. We have many strong business people at OSEG and they don’t need me checking up on them. As an OSEG partner, I’ll still be up-to-speed on our teams and the business and have an opportunity to contribute to future growth and success.”

Hunt, an Ottawa entrepreneur and long-time owner of the 67s, partnered with four other local businessmen to form OSEG in 2008 and were awarded a CFL franchise. The group was responsible for a major renovation of Frank Clair Stadium – now TD Place – as well as commercial and residential development around the stadium. The team kicked off in 2014, won a championship two seasons later and hosted a successful Grey Cup in 2017.

“I feel this is the right time for me to start exploring other entrepreneurial opportunities,” Hunt said. “It’s a great feeling when you help launch a successful business. I’ve had a lot of success with that over the years, learned a lot of lessons along the way, and I’d be happy to help other companies and entrepreneurs by sharing my experiences with them.”