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Chris is the Columbia, mid-Maryland Startup Grind Chapter Director and Founder | CEO of 360° Strategy Solutions Group. Chris is an entrepreneurship evangelist who deeply believes in doing one thing each day that enriches another’s life and circumstances. He lives his evangelism as Director of the Columbia, Mid-Maryland Chapter of Startup Grind and his work as CEO of 360 Venture Management Group. Started in January 2017, the Startup Grind Columbia chapter has grown to more than 1,800 members and is one of more than 600+ chapters in more than 140 countries with more than 3MM community members. As Founder and CEO of 360° Venture Management Group, Chris has led teams across a variety of industries that have created more than $300MM in corporate value including acquiring and managing more than $18MM in equity and $40MM in debt financing. From startup to exit, 360 Venture Management Group builds phenomenally successful businesses and helps fix those that are struggling. 360 provides “on-demand” strategy, execution, management, and financing/capital acquisition services for privately held pre-revenue startups through emerging mid-market organizations through assignments as a co-founder, C-suite executives, mentors, advisors, and investors. He began his entrepreneurship journey as co-founder, Controller, and CFO of a small construction company that grew to more than $80MM in revenue and 200+employees in seven years. His first solo venture was founding and growing the first e-commerce sporting goods retailer (laxstore.com). Since then, he has founded, co-founded, invested, mentored, and advised an additional 22 companies. Chris is a member of the Maryland Innovation Center, Maryland Business Innovation Association (MBIA), and the Entrepreneurs Services Organization (EOS). He currently serves as a mentor/advisor for the Founder’s Institute, Bethesda Green, and Minority Innovation Weekend. Chris received a BS in Environmental Science and Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Loyola University-Maryland and participates in the Wharton Executive Education Program.