Thomas Haynes Joins Athenaeum Foundation’s Board of Directors

Thomas Haynes Joins Athenaeum Foundation’s Board of Directors

INDIANAPOLIS – Thomas Haynes, International Sales and Marketing Manager for Steiner eOptics, joins the Athenaeum Foundation’s Board of Directors. Haynes manages European and Central Asian sales and marketing for Steiner eOptics, which specializes in high-tech military and law enforcement equipment.

“Thomas’ experience in international relations and leadership brings a fresh outlook to our board,” says Athenaeum Foundation President Cassie Stockamp. “His business and military mindset, combined with an impressive cultural background, will play a prominent role in Athenaeum’s mission to engage in the Indianapolis community.”

Haynes career spans international business, higher education and the military.  He served in leadership positions in U.S. Army Special Operations Intelligence and Psychological Operations units. Haynes gained valuable experience teaching German at Butler University and leading large-scale international operations at National American University and Herzing University.

“I’m honored to be appointed to the Board of Directors for such a culturally rich and engaged foundation. This is a wonderful opportunity to positively impact Indianapolis, a city for which I have a great cultural appreciation. I look forward to contributing to the bright future and positive direction of the Athenaeum Foundation,” says Haynes.

Haynes added that his background with German language and culture played a role in accepting the position. The Athenaeum is a historic German-American landmark. Haynes received a Master’s Degree in German from the University of Arkansas.


The Athenaeum, formerly known as the Das Deutsche Haus, is a historic German-American landmark that advances the “sound mind in a sound body” values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages diverse communities. Built in 1894, it serves as a community center for many cultural, business and nonprofit groups including the YMCA, Young Actors Theatre and the Rathskeller restaurant. The Athenaeum is listed three times in the National Register of Historic Places, for architecture and historical significance, as part of the Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District and as being within the Lockerbie Square historic district. In 2010, the Biergarten was voted the No. 1 music venue in the city by NUVO magazine and the Rathskeller was named the No. 1 bar by Metromix. The Athenaeum Foundation Inc. was established in 1991 and is a 501(c)3 organization.