Chris was born in Sleepy Hollow, NY. This is the village made famous by America’s first internationally renowned author Washington Irving and his story of the Headless Horseman. Historians, however, will recall that this is also the place where American patriots captured the British spy Major John Andre. Major Andre carried secret plans to hand over the strategic fort of West Point on the Hudson River to British forces in New York during the American Revolution. Growing up in an area filled with such great American history instilled a love for the subject in Chris.
The eighth of ten children born to the same parents happily married for 55 years. If you guessed he is from a traditional Irish Catholic family, you are right. Add in the family pets of cats and dogs, Chris became accustomed to crowds at a young age.
Chris’ family is a one of military service. Chris and his family have served in the military for generations. His grandfather was a World War I “Doughboy,” his father served in the US Navy during World War II and Korea, and two brothers served in the Air Force. Upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame, Chris was commissioned an Ensign and has served in the Navy ever since (active duty and Reserve). During his 25 years in the Navy, Chris made five major deployments including a Presidential Recall in support of Kosovo and a Mobilization for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Chris also served as the Chief of Staff for Navy Region SW Asia which led to a multi-year follow on job supporting expeditionary bases in Africa and the Middle East. Chris also spent almost two years as the Strategic Plans and Operations Department Head at our expeditionary base in Africa.
While attending graduate school at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, Chris started working for the Secretary of the Air Force as a program manager. This five year job provided him invaluable hands-on experience with policy development, program management, federal budget planning and execution, all phases of contracting and contract administration, program advocacy, training and all aspects of being a public administrator and civil servant.
Chris also served as the Chief of Staff for the Director of Parks and Recreation in our nation’s capital as well as in the Office of Contracting and Procurement before deciding to leave the snowy east to enjoy the sunshine of Las Vegas.
Chris’ professional career has taken him to dozens of countries where he saw the range of countries run well, and run poorly. He saw firsthand how nations with great resources and potential can still be third world poor when governments focus on serving their leaders and bureaucracies and forget to serve their people. He does not want the same thing to happen to America. But, having witnessed the ineffective manner our leaders have handled the jobs, economic and housing crises, Chris has decided to offer his service again to help solve these problems (and others). He knows that together, we can overcome the range of challenges we face and get our great nation back on a path of freedom and prosperity.
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