Chris has spent his entire professional life in the hotel, foodservice and technology industries and has held many leadership positions in strategy, development, operations and finance. During more than 25 years of enterprise development, financing and operations experience, Chris has founded six companies. Currently he serves as Chairman of iCare Marketing, an exclusive partner of SYSCO Foodservice Corporation, and was founder and CEO of Dynamic Payment Ventures, which was recently sold to NOVA Information Systems, a subsidiary of US Bank.
Prior to the creation of iCare Marketing and DPV, Chris was founder and CEO of CriticalArc Technologies, a supply chain applications service provider to the foodservice industry. He founded the E&O Trading Company Restaurant Organization, a developer and operator of full service restaurants in California, and serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Chris also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Capton, a provider of liquor monitoring systems to the hospitality industry.
Chris received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1986 and his graduate degree from Harvard Business School in 1995, where he was recognized as a Baker Scholar for his academic achievement.
Upon graduation from Cornell, Chris joined Hemmeter Investment Company, a developer of destination resort properties worldwide. Founded by his father in 1962, the Hemmeter organization developed major destination resort hotels in the Hawaiian Islands and operated several related hospitality businesses.
Chris serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship and as a Trustee of the Hospice by the Bay Foundation.
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