The 2007 Roe Award recipient is Kevin Gentry, vice president of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, and director of special projects for Koch Industries. The Roe Award was established to recognize individuals who exhibit leadership, innovation and achievement in promoting free markets and less intrusive government at the state and local level.
The crystal eagle award was presented by Gisèle Huff, an SPN board member and executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, on October 10 during the 15th Annual Roe Award Banquet in Portland, Maine. Huff noted in her introductory remarks, "Kevin makes invaluable contributions to our movement. He is a consistently positive person who is enthusiastic, efficient and extremely effective."
Gentry accepted the award on behalf of the Koch Foundation, noting the Koch family's long-term dedication to building the institutions that most effectively advance the free society. He emphasized that our movement will continue to grow and strengthen as long as we combine a resolve to thinking big in terms of fundraising with an unshakeable commitment to acting with integrity in all of our operations.
Gentry has contributed much to the bottom lines of state-focused think tanks. For nearly four years he has organized the Koch Foundation's Development Exchange, a monthly Washington, D.C.-based luncheon featuring experts in fundraising and marketing. SPN members attend the Exchanges in-person or by telephone.
He has also led numerous - always well-attended - fundraising workshops at SPN Annual Meetings. Huff highlighted, "A mark of how well Kevin listens, one of the pillars of successful fundraising, is that prior to the Annual Meting he sent out a letter to all attendees requesting their input as to what topics were of most interest to them."
Before he joined Koch, Gentry served as vice president for both the Mercatus Center and Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of the Leadership Institute. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Council for National Policy. Kevin is active in The Falls Church, where he has served as a member of the vestry and is chairman of the stewardship committee.
"Kevin assists SPN's members through consistently solid, topical programs and presentations," affirmed SPN president Tracie Sharp. "He personifies the values and vision of Tom Roe, the Award's namesake."