2018 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients 

  Distinguished Alumnus


Christopher E. Birck, B.A.'88, Business and Economics

Christopher E. Birck is the current Managing General Partner of Oak Street Investments, L.P., a Delaware-based venture firm, a position he has held since 1999. He has also served as Chairman of Arrowsight, Inc., a remote video auditing company, since 2001.

Birck graduated from Illinois Benedictine College (now known as Benedictine University) with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics in 1988. He also earned his M.B.A. from DePaul University in 1993.

Birck worked at Tellabs, Inc., an electronic communications hardware company, from 1988 to 1999 in the finance department. He was the Director of Treasury upon his departure.  A member of the founding family of Tellabs, Birck has been a member of the Tellabs Foundation Board of Directors since 2011. Established in 1997, the Tellabs Foundation has given millions over the last two decades to support strategic initiatives in education, health and the environment.

He is very active in the local community, serving as a member of the Naperville Heritage Society Board of Directors, including acting as Chair from 2008-2012. He is also a prior member of the Naper Settlement Museum Board. A proud IBC alumnus, Birck has been a member of Benedictine University’s Board of Trustees since 2014.

Birck has been married to Christine (Sterkowitz) Birck since 1991. They have three children, all in various levels of college. His interests include golf, music, reading and various Chicago professional sports teams.


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