The prestigious Top 40 Under 40 Society, now known as Who's Who Among Benedictine University Alumni, honors a select group of young Benedictine University alumni that display vision, leadership, and innovation in their career field. This group represents a mix of professions, personal histories and achievements. Each honoree is a representative pillar of strength of the very foundation in which Benedictine University has flourished.
The first Top 40 Under 40 Society awards dinner was held Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Rice Center. The honored alumni returned to campus to share their experiences over a meal, drinks and an awards ceremony.
Brian Walker is the CEO of AE Marketing Group and Chairman of the AE Foundation Group. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards and led brand marketing strategy and creative across a number of B2C industries. Having worked with some of the largest brands in the US (Accenture, Allstate, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GE Healthcare, DeVry, Ace Hardware, etc.), Walker founded AE Marketing Group, Inc. in 2011. He is a member of the Young Associates Board at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and was recognized in July 2012 as a top fundraiser for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program where he volunteers weekly as a Child Life Specialist. He also founded an endowment scholarship at his alma mater, Benedictine University and is a Patron Member of Chicago Ideas Week.