Edwin F. Hale, Sr.Owner
An avid sports fan and Baltimore native, Edwin F. Hale, Sr. is the proud owner of the 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009 Champion Baltimore Blast.
After owning the Blast for eight seasons, he saw one of his dreams come true on April 18, 2003 when his Baltimore Blast defeated the Milwaukee Wave to win the clubs first title since 1984. He only had to wait one more year for his team to win the Championship again, becoming the first back-to-back champs since 2000 and 2001. His team also won the championship in 2006, and again in 2008 and 2009 - making the Blast an indoor soccer dynasty.
Hale is in his second stint as owner of the Blast, having repurchased the team in the spring of 1998. Prior to the 1998-99 season he owned the Blast from 1989 to 1992.
Hale, 64, kicked off his involvement in Baltimore soccer on September 15, 1989 when he purchased the Baltimore Blast of the original Major Indoor Soccer League.
Under his direction between 1989 and 1992, the team earned two division championships and averaged 8,500 fans at home games at the then-Baltimore Arena. During his involvement in the original MISL, Hale served as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Marketing Committee and was regarded as one of the Leagues most active and dedicated executives.
Hale's initial involvement with the Blast ended at the conclusion of the 1991-92 MSL season. In 1998, he signed an agreement for sole ownership of Baltimores National Professional Soccer League franchise and changed the teams name back to the Blast.
Throughout his involvement in professional indoor soccer, Hale has worked towards expanding the League for the future. He currently serves as the Leagues Chairman and plays an active role in the management and coordination of the MISL.
In addition to owning the Blast, Hale owns the naming rights to Baltimores premier indoor Arena and stood alongside then-Mayor Martin OMalley on January 4, 2003 when the Arena officially became known as 1st Mariner Arena.
Hale's professional experience is highly respected in the Maryland business community. Since May of 1995, he has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 1st Mariner Bancorp. 1st Mariner Bank has locations throughout Baltimore, Harford, Talbot and Anne Arundel Counties as well as in Baltimore City. Under Hale's management, 1st Mariner Bank has become the fastest growing community bank in Maryland.
In addition to his successes with the Blast and 1st Mariner Bank, Hale is the President and CEO of Hale Properties, LLC, which specializes in commercial real estate, development, leasing, property management and tenant representation. Hale Properties is currently working on Canton Crossing, a project located across the street from the Blast corporate offices in Du Burns Arena.
Known throughout the community for his professional successes and charitable endeavors, Hale was named Ernst & Youngs Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996 and he has been recognized by several charitable organizations for his dedication to the community in which he grew up. Hale is chairman and CEO of Visit Baltimore (formerly Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association) and was chairman of Miss USA in 2005 and 2006 (owned by NBC and Donald Trump).
Born in Highlandtown, Hale attended Sparrows Point High School, Essex Community College and the American International College in Springfield, Mass. He also served two years in the United States Air Force (Strategic Air Command) as a medic. Hale resides in Edgemere and has three children, Edwin Jr., Ashley and Alexandra. He also has three grandsons, Tyler, Leo and Charlie.