Young Alumni Awards 2016

Matthew A. Flaherty '01

Matt Flaherty is the current Senior Producer at Anomaly, a multinational marketing communications firm and advertising agency. Some of Flaherty’s most notable work includes several Budweiser productions and a series of award-winning commercials for Dicks Sporting Goods: Focus/Explode, Every Snap, and The Moment.

Flaherty began his work in the industry at Greystone TV in California as a Production Assistant. In just over a year, he had worked on 40 productions, including the documentary Battle of Gettysburg. After completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the Queens University of Charlotte, NC, Flaherty started at Grey Advertising in New York as a Junior Producer and left eight years later as VP Producer.

Flaherty was a member of the Gettysburg College swimming team and graduated with a BA in English. He lives on Long Island with his wife and two young children.   

Christopher J. Matthaei '01

Chris Matthaei ’01 cofounded the Event Driven/Special Situations Team at Elevation LLC in February 2010. The Event Driven Team assists clients in identifying relative mispricing opportunities between securities whose issuers are involved in mergers, divestitures, restructurings, or other corporate events. Today, Matthaei leads the team as a Trader and Senior Managing Director.

Matthaei began his career in 2001 as a participant in the Spear, Leeds, & Kellogg/Goldman Sachs Trader Training Program. While working as a Senior Equities Trader at CFI Group in 2005, Matthaei discovered his passion for event-driven and special situations strategy. Before founding the team at Elevation, Matthaei worked as a Senior Trader at MKM Longboat Capital Advisors LLP, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund based in the United Kingdom.

Matthaei graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in Management. As an undergraduate, Matthaei was a student-athlete on the Bullets football team and a member of the Owl & Nightingale Players. He and his wife live in Brielle, NJ.

Brian S. Orsinger '01

Brian Orsinger has evolved from a highly involved Gettysburg College student to a fully engaged alumnus.

He graduated with a BA in Economics and was the student Commencement speaker. Prior to that, he was a member of the economics honor societies, Omicron Delta Epsilon and Pi Lambda Sigma, and served as a student senator. In recognition of his academic excellence and campus involvement as a student, Orsinger received the Linnaean Award and the John M. Colestock Leadership Award, among others.

As an alumnus, Orsinger has remained significantly involved. Most notably, he volunteers his time as a Young Alumni Leadership Program mentor through the Garthwait Leadership Center, and frequently returns to campus to serve as a resource to current students through panel discussions, small-group workshops and one-on-one meetings. In addition, he was recently nominated and elected to the Alumni Board of Directors and is a member of the Campus Programs committee.

He is currently a Senior Consultant at First Niagara Benefits Consulting, and lives in New Cumberland, PA, with his wife, Jo.

Alexander J. Wilkins '06

Al Wilkins graduated from Gettysburg 10 years ago, and his connection and commitment to the College has consistently gotten stronger as he continues to be involved in more and more ways.

He is currently the co-chair of his 10th Reunion Committee, and also served on his 5th Reunion committee. From 2008 to 2012, Wilkins served as president and co-chair of the DC Alumni Club, and still serves as an active member of that volunteer group. Previously, he also served as a Class Agent for the Gettysburg Fund and Admissions volunteer through the KARE program. Through his participation in Gettysburg Career Connections, and also regularly attending career fairs on campus, Wilkins has helped start a pipeline of Gettysburg graduates working with him at the Advisory Board Company (ABC).  

He is the Director of Member Services at ABC, a global research, technology, and consulting firm specializing in healthcare and higher education, based in DC, where he has lived since graduation.

Wilkins graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in Management and Anthropology. As an undergraduate, Wilkins competed on the swimming team and was co-chair of his Senior Class Gift Committee.  

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