Finke receives UIAA 2022 Comeback Award

Kevin Finke (BS '92, advertising) received a University of Illinois Alumni Association Comeback Award, given to prominent and accomplished alumni who are invited to participate in various activities during Homecoming Weekend, with a focus on providing opportunities for honorees to interact with current students, and sharing information about their professional experiences and the value of their University of Illinois education.

Finke is founder and chief experience officer of Experience Willow, a human-centered design and consulting firm in Decatur, Georgia. At Illinois, he was an athlete in volleyball; a student leader in the Student Alumni Association (as well as Alpha Tau Omega and Mortar Board); and Homecoming king. Finke is an in-demand speaker and conference facilitator, and he is proud to be an active member of the LGBTQ community, where he advocates for equitable and inclusive business environments. He and his husband Rob Stalder live and work together in Decatur, Georgia.

Finke (pictured below, fifth from left) met with seniors in Media during the Student Leader Lunch and was part of a panel discussion with other alumni award winners.

College of Media attendees at the Student Leader Lunch included Katie Clark, senior assistant dean for student services; Makayla Wilson, media and cinema studies; Olivia Rice, media and cinema studies; Nate Walinder, advertising; Kevin Finke (BS '92, advertising); Aniruddha Pai, computer science + advertising; Ryan Leshock, advertising; and Nicole Wozny, advertising.