ND MBA alum wins FBI community leadership award

Author: Ed Cohen


University of Notre Dame MBA alumnus Christopher W. Sinclair (’06) of Boston has received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for his many years organizing fund-raisers  for groups benefitting children in need.

The 32-year-old entrepreneur received the award from FBI Director Robert Mueller in a ceremony held earlier this year at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. The honorees were selected by the FBI field offices in more than 50 large U.S. cities.

Among his many charitable endeavors, Sinclair created an annual date auction in Boston, the proceeds from which are split between a local organization such as the Boston Children’s Chorus and Children of South Africa, which assists HIV/AIDS patients and children orphaned by the disease. 

He partnered with the Latino STEM Alliance in 2010 to raise $25,000 to buy computers for college-bound students attending Dorchester Academy, one of the city’s most underprivileged public schools. The money came from tickets sold for a unique game-day experience at a Boston Red Sox game that included a VIP tour of Fenway Park, time on the field before the game, seats in a private suite and dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant.

The Notre Dame alum said the FBI award came as a surprise.

“A lot of these things fly completely under the radar, and I’m fine with that because I’d rather have the focus be on the receiving organization,” he said. “But I’m human, it’s nice to be recognized … and to be recognized by such a high-profile individual and organization was also very flattering.”

Sinclair, who is from Boston and now lives in the northern suburb of Wakefield, is founder, president and director of business development for The Anthem Group, a multifaceted agency specializing in the planning and execution of corporate events, trade shows and large outdoor public festivals.  Sinclair founded Anthem as a college undergraduate, using his entire personal savings of just $500, Chris has developed the company into a nationally and internationally recognized entity that now operates in over 70 domestic markets, as well as across the globe.

One of its biggest contracts is coordinating all vending and concessions for Boston’s famous Fourth of July celebration. Anthem handles everything but the fireworks and TV broadcast, he said. Since 2007, the company has also produced an international music festival held in 70 North American cities, he said.

In addition to his MBA, Sinclair holds a bachelor’s degree in strategic marketing and organizational behavior from LaSalle University, a master’s in sports administration from Ohio University and a graduate certificate in civic leadership from the University of Massachusetts. He has also studied public policy at Harvard.

He serves on the board of directors of several nonprofits, including the New England region of the Easter Seals and Project DEEP (Dorchester Educational Enrichment Program), an inner-city youth enrichment program. Among other recognitions, he has been named among the “40 Under 40” business executives by the Boston Business Journal and featured in Entrepreneur magazine.