Thies Kolln joined AAVIN in 2002. From 2000 through 2002, he was a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago, Illinois, and worked on business strategy projects for clients, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. During that time among other projects, Mr. Kolln was a member of the start-up management team of Orbitz, an online travel agency. He has worked with companies in the consumer goods, retail, and technology industries.
From 1996 through 1999, Mr. Kolln practiced corporate law at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, Illinois, representing venture capital and private equity funds and large corporations in acquisitions, divestitures, public and private offerings and fund formations. He served as a law clerk to Judge James B. Loken of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1995 through 1996. He is a member of the Small Business Investor Alliance and is a former member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Mr. Kolln served on the Board of Governors of NASBIC from 2007-2011. He received a BA summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and JD with honors from the University of Chicago where he also served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Law Review.