A native of upstate NY, Chris has lived in Oregon since 1980. In 2012, after 31 years in law enforcement, Chris retired as the Superintendent of the Oregon State Police. His career also included serving as an elected sheriff and chief of police. After retirement, Chris provided consulting services for the International Association of Chiefs of Police in partnership with the FBI. In 2014, he accepted his current position as a national public safety business development executive with MicroAssist, an Austin, Texas- based software development and training company. Chris earned his B.A. in Organizational Management, and a M.A. in Intelligence Studies from the American Military University. He is a published author of a military reference book and has instructed a myriad of professional topics for law enforcement, military personnel, colleges and universities including ethics, supervision, leadership, and numerous operational topics.
Chris' professional background is extraordinarily rare. Having led municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies, and having extensive experience working with federal agencies on a variety of operational and policy topics, Chris offers a holistic perspective that just isn't available elsewhere. Furthermore, this perspective is based upon a desirable blend of real-life experience tempered with academic expertise.
Chris' operational experience includes: patrol, narcotics (much of which was spent assigned to an FBI task force as a case officer and in undercover roles working foreign-national organized crime); supervisor of an interagency High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force; Patrol supervisor; SWAT commander. He has taught high risk patrol tactics; high risk arrest techniques; high risk operations planning; surveillance; Colombian drug trafficking related subjects; and more.
Chris offers keynote and speaking services in connection with his life-long passions:
- Character and Ethics-Driven Leadership.
- Cultivating ledership in the Millennial & Multi-generational workforce.
- The History, Heraldry & Use of American Military Insignia - Civil War - WWII.
Character and Ethics-Driven leadership:
As a student of leadership and a highly successful practitioner of leadership, I can assert, with rabid conviction, that leadership skills and success are not attained through buzz-words and theatrics. To a frightening extent, contemporary leadership training has evolved into a competition of gimmicks, entertainment, and catch-phrases. The professional development of our most precious resource - our people - should be handled with greater care and sophistication than the "shiny penny" methodology. There are no "natrual" leaders. It may come easier to some folks based upon earlier life circumstances, influences, and experiences. But leadership is a learned skill. Leadership that people will respond to is nothing more than layers of lessons-learned (from personal successes and failures), over a framework comprised of time and solid, consistently-modeled character. If you possess the character, I can accelerate your journey to becoming a successful leader. You will benefit from the wisdom derived from victories and defeats amassed over decades of practice, in a variety of relevant environments, as well as extensive academic research. But, ultimately, you will learn that your success as a leader depends upon the character, drive and humility that you bring to the table.
The History, Heraldry And Use of American Military Insignia:
These presentations are designed to honor our veterans and to provide those interested in our military heritage with a fascinating overview of the evolution, history and meaning of the insignia worn by our nation's military men and women. The presentation spans the period from the Civil War to WWII. The concentration is upon that 85-year period because that is when the widespread adoption and evolution of insignia occurred. Many of the symbols worn later - in places like Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East - trace their origins to the Civil War, WW I or WW II. Through conversation and vivid visual examples, you will learn about the symbols we have all seen being worn by service people in airports, in the movies, on artifacts in the attic, or in family photos. You will also learn little-known facts about military history and about the men and women who earned the right to wear these symbols of honor and sacrifice.
It's hard to breath life into a narrative description of this topic, but these presentations are an absolute hit every time. In fact, it is more common than not, that shortly after a session, the group will call to schedule more as quickly as possible. Veterans, non-veterans, women, men and kids love this. It is appropriate for any group or organization. Whether it's a veteran group, unit/ship reunion, library, historical society, heritage group, civic organization, social studies class, active duty group or academy setting, it is universally appreciated and enthusiastically received. Veterans walk away knowing things they never knew about the insignia they wore. Others walk away with knoweldge about family or ancestors that they never knew before, and an enhanced appreciation for America's armed forces. These sessions are a meaningful and educational historic journey.
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