Chris joined Valor in 2011 and leads Valor’s research function. Chris is an economist with more than 20 years of experience in leading strategy, business, and market research and analysis initiatives across a range of companies and industries.
Chris joined Valor from Pipal Research Corporation, a Chicago-based business research and analytics firm. As part of the founding team of Pipal Research, Chris led the development of the company’s overall research capabilities and infrastructure and was instrumental in growing the company’s Corporate and Professional Services business segments until the company was sold to a unit of Standard & Poor’s in 2010. While at Pipal Research, Chris provided research services to Valor since 2005.
Chris was formerly with McKinsey & Company. During his more than five years with McKinsey, Chris led teams in North America to deliver high quality, value added research services, and directed global knowledge management and training initiatives. Prior to joining McKinsey, Chris held management and analyst positions with Moore Corporation (now part of RR Donnelley) and Kohler Company, where he was actively involved in providing market analysis and planning, market research, competitive intelligence, and forecasting. He also worked with the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C.
Chris earned a Master of Management Degree with Distinction from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma. He holds an Honors B.A. in Economics and Political Science, magna cum laude, from Marquette University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Chris also holds a M.A. in Applied Economics, with a specialization in Financial Economics, from Marquette University.
Chris is active with the Marquette University Alumni Association Mentor Program and previously served as Treasurer of the Economics Alumni Advisory Board at Marquette University and as a board member with St. Joseph School (Wilmette, Illinois).