Mendoza professor wins prestigious Notre Dame alumni award

Author: Bill Gangluff

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The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association in June announced the 2015 recipients of three of its most prestigious awards. The recipients will be recognized in October during the fall meeting of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

For his distinguished work on behalf of the Notre Dame community and those in need, Chris Stevens, class of 1974, is recognized with the 2015 Harvey G. Foster Award.

After holding leadership roles with Procter & Gamble and Anheuser-Busch, Stevens joined Keurig Inc. in 1996 and was one the original four team members who launched the Keurig Premium Coffee System, which is now the No. 1 coffee brewer in North America. Stevens oversaw the Keurig brand, sales, distribution and marketing strategies. He left Keurig in 2013 to take a position as an adjunct professor at the Mendoza College of Business. Since returning to his alma mater, he has won numerous awards for his teaching.

In addition to his teaching duties, Stevens is the founder and CEO of CS 74 Ventures LLC, a holding company of various initiatives in which he has invested/owns with the commitment of donating at least 50 percent of the profits to charitable causes. He also is a past board member of Massachusetts CRINC, the ALS Association of America, the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and the Notre Dame Monogram Club.

“On behalf of my family, thank you so much for this incredible honor. I tell my students that it is impossible to sprinkle some happiness on others and not get some on yourself,” Stevens said. “I certainly know there are many other alumni who richly deserve this honor, but I am a humbled but very happy man to receive this recognition.”

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