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Chris is a native New Mexican. He was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His father worked at Los Alamos National Labs as a Physicist. His great grandfather was the US Marshal in Red River and his great, great grandfather owned the gambling rights in Raton, Cimarron, and Red River when gambling was legal in the state.

Chris worked at Val Verde Ski Basin, Angle Fire Ski Basin and Taos Ski Basin as a ski instructor in the winter and Philmont Scout Ranch teaching rock climbing and rafting in the summers.

When Chris got his honorable discharge from the army, he attended College and received a degree in electronics engineering technology. During his last year of college he worked at GTE Lenkurt on 'pulse code modulation' boards for phone systems. When he graduated, he moved to Gulton Industries where he worked on TRW satellite electronics, the trident missile system and Penetran – a tracking system for waste treatment monitoring.

Chris moved from Gulton to Pertec (via a slight moment with MITS) and worked on the MITS Altair (the first PC) and Pertec’s PCC-2000. He was trained on repairing 8 inch floppy drive unites. He modified the process so that the maximum repaired drives per day for a technician went from 8 to 200 drives. He wrote some of the first CP/M drivers (Control Program for Microcomputers – before MSDos existed)

From there, Chris’s life got a lot busier. He started consulting on computer system installations, starting new businesses helping businesses manage projects. Below are some of the ‘projects’.

  • University of New Mexico – Installed the first microcomputer network (Novell on ‘Compuadd’ computers)

  • Albuquerque Federal Savings and Loan – Installed the first microcomputer network (Televideo Turbodos)

  • Aura Communications – half owner – Custom printing and warehousing. Printed all of Albuquerque Federals envelopes, did custom work for many companies. Ran vertical camera and compugraphic typesetter. Performed paste-up and layout for printed materials.

  • East Mountain Printing – wrote custom interface from ‘Magic Wand’ word processor to a compugraphic typesetter – the first ‘what you see is what you get’ interface

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs – wrote one of the first spreadsheet programs on a Ohio Scientific computer system

  • Advanced Data International – Co-founder – first POS on Microcomputers Company – started in CP/M then added MSDos when it first came out.

  • Computer Superstores – partnered with Tony Hamilton and Rick Saylor – first computer chain in the country

  • Intel Corporation – Troubleshot software issues in the US and Ireland, then worked on processes to retool plants in the world.

  • Network Associates, Inc. – CEO. Created, ran then sold to 8a group.

  • East Heights Moose Lodge – Governor, Administrator

  • Radiology Associates - rewrote processes and procedures and co-managed with current executive director.

  • Sugart Corporation – Assisted in developing MMFM (Modified Modified Flux Modulation) method of writing to floppy disks

  • Pennsylvania Station Lounge – Assisted in management, wrote custom software for cash handling

  • Checker Airport Express – Cofounder. Managed programming with Rockwell on GPS technology.

  • La Vida Llena Retirement Community – Chairman of the Board, CEO for 15 years through bankruptcy to thriving expanding community.

  • Trilinear Corporation - COO Designed and managed software development and hardware GPS implementation partnered with AON.

  • Professional Project Managers – CEO

  • Chapter One Riders – President – Veterans Motorcycle Group

  • Sunwest Bank – Assisted in setup of Sunwest Credit Services – attended banking school in Orlando.

  • Friends of New Mexico Fisher House - board member

  • American Legion Post 49 - Historian the Finance Officer

The above list just touches on some of the projects and positions Chris has performed/held.

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