Kevin Claxton, Manager of Client Relations

A proud Houstonian, Kevin grew up idolizing local celebrities Hakeem Olajuwon and ZZ Top, and so eventually made his way to Baylor University to play intramural basketball and cultivate an enormous beard. After college, Kevin journeyed to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune (or at least gainful employment and health insurance), but the cruel Fates of Tinseltown failed to recognize his talent and he was left wandering the streets, alone and uninitiated in SAG-AFTRA. Still craving a creative outlet but mindful of W.C. Fields’s famous adage – “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it” – Kevin decided to change gears and pursue a career in education. As a Catalyst Program Advisor, Kevin helps parents navigate the test preparation and college admissions process. When he isn’t advising parents about the best course of study for their sons and daughters, Kevin is a successful youth basketball coach who’s led countless teams to division championships, an accomplishment that has led some to dub him the Phil Jackson of the Pee-Wee League.

Why He Works for Catalyst

Some children dream of becoming astronauts. Others, famous musicians. Still others (most notably in Catalyst CEO Jared Friedland’s family), dermatologists or intellectual property lawyers. As a young lad in Texas, Kevin looked to the skies and dreamt of the day he would counsel suburban teenagers on the relative merits of the SAT and ACT.

How the Universe Has Punished Him for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker

Though he’s a solid athlete and seemingly physically intact, Kevin suffers from incurable klutziness. During his tenure at Catalyst, Kevin “Workers’ Comp” Claxton has tripped over, slipped on, trampled, bumped into, spilled Diet Coke on, or inadvertently somersaulted over: Catalyst’s mini fridge, Scantron machine, diagnostic tests, IKEA lamp, UCLA intern, microwave, filing cabinet, and Missy from accounting.

Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate

At Close Range / Dudley R. Herschbach (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1986)