Outstanding Young Alumnus: Sheridan Chamber '97
Sheridan Chambers has demonstrated experience starting, running and growing business over the last eight years. In his latest venture, Sheridan reprises his role as the individual responsible for facilities, administration, finance, sales, marketing, and client services. A vision for Cost control and vendor relations as well as a strong background in solution selling have made Sheridan successful in these roles many times in the past.
Previous to work at Denim Group, Sheridan was President of BrandDefense, a privately-funded intellectual property protection company. BrandDefense helped clients identify misuse of their intellectual property on the Internet. This service automated the process of sorting and organizing information so that clients could more easily enforce their intellectual property rights. In his capacity as President, Sheridan was responsible for strategic direction, finance and accounting, sales, and marketing.
Prior to BrandDefense, Sheridan served as Vice President and General Manager of Rare Medium, San Antonio. Along with Dan Cornell, Sheridan was the senior-most team member the Rare Medium staff in San Antonio. He had P&L responsibility for the office, and ultimately for the entire company-wide Java development effort. This responsibility included offices in Detroit, San Antonio, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sydney, Australia. Sheridan managed his office to over $1.5 million per month in billings with a 60% net margin -- the highest in the company.
In 1996 Sheridan Chambers founded Atension, Inc., a professional services firm that was acquired by Rare Medium. Atension was one of the leading Java/Open Source development teams in the United States at the time of its acquisition by Rare Medium in late 1999. This team, completely self-financed and organically grown, employed 20 people and had annual billings of over $1 million.
Sheridan has been recognized as North Chamber Entrepreneur of the Year, one of the San Antonio Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, SATAI Technology Superstar and as one of Texas Monthly’s “30 Multimedia Whizzes Under 30”.Sheridan, a long-time supporter of the local technology community, currently serves on the boards of the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI), Emerging Technology Fund
Spirit of Trinity: Dr. Kenneth W. Smith '65
Dr. Kenneth W. Smith ’65 is retiring next month from a 14-year position of Head of School at Sandy Spring Friends School. Sandy Spring is a (Quaker) coeducational day and five- and seven-day college preparatory school. His prior positions were the Friends School of Baltimore as Middle School Head and at the Pine Crest School of Ft. Lauderdale, where he was Assistant to the Headmaster and Vice President. Ken graduated from Trinity with a BS in political science. He also earned:
· Masters (Pastoral Counseling) Princeton Theological Seminary, 1969
· Masters (Philosophy of Education) Princeton Theological Seminary, 1971
· Doctorate Southern Methodist University, 1977
Ken’s brother, Rex, who nominated Ken, had this to say about why Dr. Smith should receive this award. “Trinity's impact on its graduates is as varied as the alumni themselves. But Ken Smith represents the best of what we hope our university might inspire: He is someone who has devoted his personal and professional life to caring for others, especially to leading and cultivating the best of impulses in the next generation. He is a man of unparalleled integrity. A university must make of its students honest citizens prepared to play a productive role in society; it's no exaggeration to say that Ken Smith characterizes that ideal citizen. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for Trinity but, more than that, an example of the kind of person we hope the Trinity experience can engender.”
Ken has been a mentor to youth and a national leader in independent secondary schools. Over the last 40-plus years, on four successive campuses, he has worked to build a caring educational community based upon the model of the place he loved most: Trinity University.
The spirit of camaraderie and caring that characterized Ken's affiliations at Trinity, and the integrity that made him a student leader then and an enduring friend to so many of his Trinity classmates since, has carried him throughout his career.
Distinguished Alumnus: Stephen Butt '77
Stocking grocery shelves at age 7 and checking out customers at 12, Stephen spent much of his formative years preparing for his 31-year career with H-E-B.
During his tenure with H-E-B, Stephen has held a variety of positions including Store Director, District Manager, Director of Marketing, Vice President of Grocery Marketing and Vice President of H-E-B's "Own Brand."
Since 2001, Stephen Butt has led H-E-B’s Central Market Division as it continues its history making innovation of the grocery experience and brings a “must-have” quality of life enhancement for Texans.
In 2006, Central Market opened its eighth store in Southlake, TX, increasing its state-wide presence in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and the DFW Metroplex.
Stephen earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, an M.B.A from the University of Texas at Austin and participated in Harvard Business School's Executive Education program.
Stephen, his wife Susan, and their two daughters live in Dallas.