Each year, Beaver presents awards to recognize and honor the outstanding accomplishments and service of our alumni. Below are this year’s Alumni Award recipients.
Chris Jones has spent the last 20 years at the intersection of technology and creativity. His experience has taken him from launching Netscape’s identity in the early dot-com days, to working at SRI on knowledge systems that eventually became Apple’s SIRI, to creating advertising programs that combine media and product strategies for clients such as Apple, AirBnb, Budweiser, and Coca-Cola.
Currently, Chris is Head of Creative Technology and a Product Lead in Facebook’s creative shop. His work is focused on developing ideas for global clients that leverage Facebook’s platform and partner networks. Last year, he launched Facebook’s Canvas ad unit, which reached $500M in revenue its first year. He is now working on Facebook Live and brand video products.
Prior to Facebook, Chris was a Principal at Hot Studio, a user-experience design studio in New York and San Francisco, where he led the Technology and Strategy practices and worked with clients like Linden Lab, HarperCollins, and Facebook.
In addition, his background also includes being the Vice President of Product at Radar Networks, which brought one of the first Semantic Web consumer products – Twine.com – to market; Co-founder of the award-winning user-experience design studio, Small Pond Studios; and Director of Technology for at Sapient clients such as Apple, Microsoft, Hallmark and Sprint.
Eric Andrew is the Founder and President of OffrBox.com, a transformative real estate technology platform that empowers buyers and sellers to market, negotiate, and close deals quickly and easily – all online. OffrBox was recently featured as one of the “Top 50 NYC Startups To Watch in 2017”, and the venture is a culmination of Eric’s passion for real estate, 16+ years of investment experience, and a track record in technology and product development.
Prior to launching OffrBox, Eric rose up in the ranks at the Google Venture-backed Auction.com to be a Vice President. While at Auction.com, he launched and grew three of the company’s most successful commercial and residential business units. His early career in financial services included successful stints at Galea Advisors, Sam Zell’s Capital Trust REIT, and Goldman Sachs where he cumulatively helped investment teams close more than $7 billion of real estate transactions.
Real estate is not a just a 9-5 job for Eric. Through his various operating companies, Eric has owned and managed more than 100 units of multifamily and residential investment properties. Eric graduated from Columbia University with a double major in Economics and History. He is also a proud member of the Steppingstone Foundation Board of Ambassadors.
Thilo Henkes is a Managing Director and Partner at L.E.K. Consulting. He joined L.E.K. in 2000 and has more than 15 years of consulting experience, specializing in transaction support and developing post-acquisition, value-enhancing strategies for portfolio companies. He leads L.E.K’s Paper Goods and Packaging practice, and he is also active in their Building Materials & Industrials Products and Private Equity practices. He has worked with clients to evaluate merger and acquisition opportunities; assess growth options in new markets and products; construct business plans in conjunction with developing new growth strategies; and identify value in cost-cutting initiatives.
Previously, Thilo worked in financial services for the Boston-based mutual fund company Massachusetts Financial Services and for Goldman Sachs. Thilo has also worked at Daimler Benz in Sindelfingen, Germany. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Hamilton College.
In addition to his professional work, Thilo is a current member of Beaver’s Board of Trustees and the Development Committee, and he has chaired the alumni Annual Fund.
Kathleen is Creator and Director of the WQXR Instrument Drive, which collects, repairs, and distributes musical instruments to underserved public school and community music programs. Since 2014, the program has collected more than 5,000 instruments, providing more than 25,000 students access to music education. The Academy Award nominated short documentary film – Joe’s Violin – was inspired by a donation to the drive.
As an Independent Publicist, Kathleen has worked closely with the Library of Congress, the Defiant Requiem Foundation, and singer-songwriter James Taylor. Previously, she was the Associate Director of Public Relations for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Kathleen is Co-founder of the award-winning arts and education nonprofit, High 5: Tickets to the Arts, and she has worked at the American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and RCA Records. She was Director of Marketing on the startup team for Site59, a company acquired by Travelocity.
As a writer, Kathleen is a contributor to the New York Times bestselling book Worn Stories, and she is a frequent contributor to a variety of publications. She is working on a book about her solo travels through the Himalayas, Andes, and Sahara based on her blog, Mountains and Moxie.
Kathleen has been a guest speaker at New York, Fordham, Pace, and Northeastern Universities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and an MBA from Fordham University.
All Beaver alumni – regardless of grad year – are invited to the 2017 Alumni Awards during the Reunion 2017 All Alumni Reception on May 5 at 5 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.