Chief Strategy Officer
Chris is a combat veteran serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Infantryman. He is also an Alumni of CSU, Millsaps College and Clemson University - holding a M.B.A in Finance, a B.S. in Psychology and a Certificate in Program Management. Combining his military experience with the institutional knowledge he specializes in designing and leading complex business growth strategies.
Before to joining the GK9PG team he served as the Principal of Skipper Group focusing on small business growth and governmental relations. Preceding this role Chris was the Business Development and Proposal Manager for American K9 Detection Services (AMK9); serving as the firm's Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Capture Lead for the TSA Third Party Canine (3PK9) program. In this role he worked closely with both governmental and air cargo stakeholders on efforts to allow the use of private sector canine security to screen air cargo.
Prior to serving on the AMK9 staff, Chris was an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton focused on delivering Asymmetric Warfare Training Support to the U.S. Army. During that time the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) published 22 of his research projects and deliverables.
Other Noteworthy Facts:
Throughout his military career Chris was awarded a total of 23 military decorations / badges most notable of these are: The Combat Infantryman's Badge - Bronze Star - Purple Heart - Meritorious Unit Commendation & Meritorious Service Medal.
Additional education, qualifications, and certifications include:
Biometric Operations Specialist
Counter Remote Controlled Electronic Warfare (CREW) Company Specialist
Counter IED Master Trainer
Modern Army Combatives Instructor
Army Basic Instructor
Army Small Group Leader
1st Army Master Trainer
FORSCOM G2 Hybrid Threat Specialist
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) certified
Certificate in Quality Game Management (QGMA)
Organizations & Affiliations:
Kappa Sigma Alumni
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
Veterans of Foreign War - Lifetime Member
Military Order of the Purple Heart - Lifetime Member