Kevin is a Partner at Chicago Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund where he is overseeing all aspects of Chicago Ventures including fund management, deal sourcing and investments, and working directly with portfolio companies. He joined the fund in June 2013.
From 2011 to 2013, Kevin was the President & CEO of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC). The CEC manages, operates, and programs 1871, a co-working center with over 225 startups building their early-stage businesses located at The Merchandise Mart. Since opening in May 2012, 1871 has welcomed over 20,000 visitors to events, curated over 200 workshops reaching 1,500 entrepreneurs, and host 200 office hour sessions with mentors each month. High-profile visitors included British Prime Minister David Cameron, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, AOL Founder Steve Case, Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy, and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen - shining a spotlight on Chicago’s growing startup community nationally and globally. During this time, Kevin was also a Venture Partner at Pritzker Group Ventures Capital, overseeing their early-stage Seed Investments.
Previously, Kevin co-founded the Google Chicago office in late 2000. In his over 10 years with Google, Kevin helped grow this office to more than 400 professionals and led relationships with some of Google’s largest marketing partners based in the Midwest. Before Google, Kevin held business development positions at CMGI, an early internet incubator, and USRobotics, the pioneer in modem technology.
Kevin is actively involved in several civic and charitable organizations. He was named to Crain’s 2011 “40 Under 40” list as well as Crain’s 2012 Tech 50 list. He is a Director of The Economic Club of Chicago and is a Trustee of his alma mater, Loyola Academy, as well as a Regent at Loyola University in Chicago. He is on the steering committee for Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, was named to ChicagoNEXT, and is a member of Governor Quinn’s Illinois Innovation Council. He serves on the boards of NorthShore University HealthSystem, World Sport Chicago, OneGoal, the Future Founders Foundation and the CEC. Kevin earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he serves on the Advisory Board for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and studied at the London School of Economics. Kevin, his wife Victoria, and their children, Jacqueline, Max and Lizzie, reside in Winnetka.