Chris serves as the Executive Director and is responsible for the creation and implementation of policies, strategies, and initiatives through the organization’s Strategic Plan. He possesses a strong background in strategic planning, public policy, and has a passion for economic development. Chris has been at the crossroads of economic development for 20 years developing partnerships, establishing programs at national and local levels, representing employers of all sizes and proven success in leading collaborative initiatives. He focuses on new business development, retention, and expansion efforts, along with working with area partners to develop new strategies on how strengthen and grow Ottawa County. He sits on the Global Leadership Summit Task Force, the Cultural Arts Center Steering Committee, the Shores & Islands Ohio Board, and the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council. Chris was hired in July 2020.
Previously, Chris worked for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) as Senior Director of Political Affairs in Washington, DC. While working for ABC, he directed a $4 million political operation of 21,000-member trade association, was the liaison to two national committees consisting of construction executives from across the country, and developed and implemented TV, radio, and digital advocacy campaigns. Prior to the OCIC, Chris worked as the Operations Manager for the Orchard Bar & Table in Catawba Island.
During his personal time, Chris enjoys playing golf, boating on Lake Erie, and enjoying all that Ottawa County has to offer. He is an avid yogi and runner. He is a Michigander and resides in Catawba Island.
1: Random Fact: I was Bat Boy for the Chicago White Sox on August 1, 1983 against the New York Yankees
2: First Job: Grounds maintenance crew for golf course
3: Favorite Place to Visit: British Virgin Islands (a little warmer in January and limited cell phone service)