Ashburn, VA – The Zone, a beloved family entertainment center and sports bar in Ashburn, Virginia, is grieving the loss of its CEO and Owner, Kamal Gill. This prominent figure and dedicated community leader, hailing from Ashburn, has sadly passed away aged 51. The news of his death was confirmed by his loving family and shared online on Wednesday evening, September 13th, 2023. He was born on September 4, 1973. Kamal Gill, a two-time nominee for the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2015 and 2016, leaves behind a legacy of innovation and philanthropy.
Loudoun Chamber of Commerce shared death news,
“We are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and community leader Kamal Gill, owner of the Zone in Ashburn. Kamal — we will always remember you and your dedication to your family, community, and friends. Rest in peace”.
Loudoun Literacy Council pour tribute to Kamal Gill by saying:
“We are deeply saddened to share the passing of our dedicated and beloved board member – Kamal Gill. Kamal was an incredible source of joy for our staff and clients and worked diligently on behalf of the Loudoun Literacy Council. He was kind and generous with his time and his big bright smile. He will be deeply missed by all of us. We are wishing his family, friends and our entire community both courage and peace during this incredibly difficult time”.
Kamal Gill’s educational journey took him through prestigious institutions, including I.H.G – General Manager Academy, Emory University – Goizueta Business School, and the Florida Atlantic University College of Business, where he studied Hospitality & Tourism Management. His professional career showcased his dedication and passion for the hospitality industry. He served as a kitchen Executive / Sous Chef and management Trainee at The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, followed by positions as General Manager at Sno Shack Holdings – Gourmet Kitchens and Director of Food and Beverage at Crowne Plaza Richmond.
Kamal Gill’s impact on the local hospitality scene extended to his roles as Assistant General Manager and Director of Food and Beverage at Holiday Inn Dulles / Executive Conference & Training Center – B.F.Saul Hotel Division, as well as Area Director of Food and Beverage in Sterling, Virginia. He further distinguished himself as a Senior Vice President at Spice Hospitality / Luxor in Loudoun County and as Unit Director of Operations at Gate Gourmet in Dulles, Virginia. Kamal’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to serve as the Chief Operating Officer at VERTAAG® and, most notably, as the Chief Executive Officer at The Zone – Family Entertainment Center / Sports Bar & Restaurant in Ashburn, Virginia.
Beyond his professional success, Kamal Gill was a philanthropist at heart. He made a lasting impact on the region through his business and charity work. His dedication to organizations like the Loudoun Literacy Council and Touching Heart showcased his commitment to community service. Kamal Gill was not only an active member of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce but also a 2015 and 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, recognized for his innovative contributions to the local business ecosystem.
Kamal’s philanthropic efforts knew no bounds. He raised funds for Brazilian pediatric cancer care with his daughters, exemplifying his global dedication to humanitarian causes. The Zone, under his leadership, organized Spirit Nights for area schools and charity events for numerous local non-profits, reinforcing his unwavering desire to serve others and his boundless generosity.
The Gill family will release Kamal Gill’s obituary and details regarding funeral arrangements at a later time. The Ashburn community and all who knew him mourn the loss of a visionary leader and compassionate advocate who left an indelible mark on both business and charity.