2017 Young Alumni Achievement Award

Presented each year at Homecoming, this award recognizes a young alumna/us for significant achievement and contribution within her/his chosen field and community. Eligible nominees should reflect positively on Colby-Sawyer while providing an example of leadership and inspiration to young alumni. Alumni of the last 15 years are eligible for this award.

Andrew Pillsbury '07

Graduating with a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration, Andrew immediately found success in his chosen field. In 2008 he became an account executive with the Manchester Monarchs hockey team, and was named one of the American Hockey League's top season ticket sales executives in 2011. From 2012 to 2014, he was a ticket sales executive with the University of Minnesota's Fan Relationship Management Center, during which time he was promoted to team leader and was the top performing sales executive. In August 2017, after a three-year stint at the Positive Coaching Alliance, Andrew became director of sales for Prevent Biometrics, a company with the goal of making athletes safer by eliminating undetected concussions.

Andrew has been actively involved in his community, promoting charitable giving as part of the Kiwanis Club and the Twin City Dunkers. In 2011 he was elected to Colby-Sawyer's Board of Trustees for a three year term.

When asked what has inspired him, Andrew recalls how his grandfather, George Pillsbury, would work with his fellow lawmakers while serving the Minnesota State Senate. "He would always ask himself, 'Does this make my community better?' If it did, he would vote yes regardless of party affiliations. No matter where I live, I want to make sure my community is as healthy as can be--whether that was during my time at Colby-Sawyer or the various places my life has taken me since graduation. A healthy community raises all boats and makes everyone around you strive to be their best."