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Speaker: Chris Stevens
March 5 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Chris Stevens: Founder of CS 74 Ventures, LLC: Retired Vice President Corporate Relations and Customer Development; Keurig Green Mountain and Assistant Teaching Professional in the Mendoza College of Business
A 1970 graduate of St. John’s, Chris is the founder and CEO of CS 74 Ventures LLC, a holding company of 20+ initiatives in which Chris has invested/owns with the commitment of donating at least 50% of the profits to charitable/social causes. Chris retired from Keurig, Inc. in May, 2013 to teach as an adjunct professor in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and to pursue other business and charitable ventures. Chris was responsible for all aspects of Keurig’s Corporate Responsibility initiatives as part of GMCR’s commitment to donate at least 5% of its pre-tax profits to environmental and social causes. At Notre Dame, Chris teaches undergrads, one-year MBAs, Executive MBAs and in ESTEEM as part of the Management Department and also guest lectures in other ND colleges.
Joining the Keurig co-founders in 1996, Chris developed the Keurig brand, sales, distribution and marketing strategies for the Company. He brought to Keurig more than 20 years of experience in consumer goods sales and marketing as well as general management from consumer companies such as Procter & Gamble and Anheuser-Busch. Chris received his BS from Notre Dame, where he also played basketball.
A native of Washington D.C., Chris is a frequent lecturer at numerous educational, civic and corporate venues. He has been an angel investor in several start-ups, has done acting, broadcasting and voice-over work and is the executive producer of the award-winning movie “Three Days of Hamlet”. Chris is also the author of “Fighting to Give” a book he self-published about an ND classmate who died after a courageous battle against ALS. 100% of the proceeds go to research for Lou Gehrig’s Disease with the goal of raising $1 million.
Chris is a past board member of Mass. Crinc, the ALS Association of America, the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and the Monogram Club of Notre Dame and currently serves on the boards or as an advisor to several companies. He is the Chair of the world-wide Council of Business Professions of the Fetzer Institute, whose mission is to “foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community”. Chris is also active in several other charities.
Beginning in the fall of 2012, Chris began teaching two under-graduate classes in the Mendoza College of Business on “Business Problem Solving”. Since then, he has taught more than 2,700 students. After retiring from Keurig, he added an MBA class in 2013 as well as Principles of Management to undergrads each term, one-year MBAs in “Business Problem Solving” and “Change Management” in the Executive MBA Education program at Notre Dame in the Chicago and South Bend campuses. Chris also teaches in the ESTEEM program with a self-designed course, “Sales and Sales Leadership for the Entrepreneur.” Chris is the 2014 as well as 2015 winner of the Frank O’Malley award as professor of the year for all of the undergraduate schools and the Basil Moreau winner for the same in the Mendoza College of Business in 2014 and the 2017 winner of the Notre Dame M&O Department Faculty Service award. In 2015, Chris was awarded by the Alumni Association of Notre Dame the prestigious 2015 Harvey G. Foster award recognizing “distinguished service in civic and university activities.”
Chris is a father of five and is now a full-time resident in South Bend.