Alumni Volunteer Award

If you’ve come to a Drew Reunion in this century, Jeff has added to your enjoyment.

Jeff thanks his high school principal for suggesting Drew.  His family was in Puerto Rico at the time for his father’s work in international sales.  The school principal, a Methodist minister, sent Drew a student who has became one of The Forest’s most devoted alumni.

His years at Drew were formative.  He says that James O’Kane’s teaching in sociology (Jeff’s major), James Mills’ tutelage in psychology, the roles he played in theater productions, and his activity in the Social Committee all gave him skills that have been invaluable throughout his life.  Above all, at Drew Jeff realized how much he loves learning.  Today, his quest to expand his knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of human experience has never been stronger.

Jeff, like his father, has made marketing his career.  He joined Brown & Bigelow, a nationwide company known for its promotional marketing and recognition products and incentive programs, soon after graduation.  He has filled increasingly responsible positions over the years, and has been national accounts manager since 2003.  His work has earned numerous honors.  His highest level of satisfaction at work comes from the appreciation of clients whom he has helped to solve their problems and achieve their marketing goals.

Jeff’s activities, both professional and volunteer, have been closely related to his working life and reflect his interest in promoting the welfare of others.  He spent years with Business Network International, including seven years on their Chapter Leadership Team.  When he lived in Hayward, California, he was involved in Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, and other national executives’ organizations.  He founded the Hayward Business Expo and served as chair from 1983 to 1991, when he was also a Salvation Army Board Member.

Drew has benefited from Jeff’s experience and his ability to make numerous campus events memorable.  Not only has he hosted his class at Reunion, but he has generously provided large numbers of articles—well into the thousands—that alumni can take home as a remembrance, not only of wonderful Reunion weekends and other events, but of their entire Drew experience.  We are also grateful for his thoughtfulness and generosity in joining the New Founders Society, ensuring that his affection will benefit Drew in years to come.

Jeff is proud of his entire family.  He and Christine King have been married since 1978.  Christine, who spent 12 years teaching special education, is now her husband’s co-partner in marketing in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Their children include Diana (32), a nurse anesthetist who, with her husband, have a toddler and a newborn, while son Jonathan (31), a storage architect and trainer at Dell Computer, and his wife expect their first child soon; Matthew (30) is currently studying for his M.F.A. in Taiwan.