Jay Christopher

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Jay W. Christopher is the chairman and founder[1] of Thatcher Technology Group Inc. and is a 1967 graduate of Valparaiso University.

In the past, he has held various positions for The Pampered Chef Ltd., Hammond Organ Co., Kebbler Co., Lien Chemical Co., and the Marian Joy Rehabilitation Hospital.

Christopher is a member of the Valparaiso University Board of Directors and is chair of the board of directors of the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation. A member of numerous other civic and professional organizations, Christopher was the 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and was the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree from Valparaiso University in 1999. He continues to serve as a member of the National Council of Valpo's College of Business Administration.

He and his wife Doris have a legacy of giving to Valparaiso University. They were the principal donors, contributing $15 million to the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources, and contributed significantly to the Kallay-Christopher Geography and Meteorology building. They have also donated generously to the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, with over $250,000 given.[2]

His wife, Doris Christopher, founded The Pampered Chef in 1980.[3]


  1. ^ Kukec, Anna Marie (November 15, 2004). "Lucent Technologies wins award for AnyPath messaging system e-buzz". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights). Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Supporters | NFTE". Supporters | NFTE. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Pampered Chef, Ltd.". The Pampered Chef, Ltd.