Growing up in the '80s and with over twenty years of leadership experience in corporate marketing, I knew three things very well – '80s pop culture, business and this crazy thing we call life. One day, in my mid 40s, I was on my couch having a self pity party of one over a job that just wasn’t working out for me.
I was watching The Breakfast Club when John Bender said, “Screws fall out all of the time. The world’s an imperfect place.” I sat straight up and said to myself, “I’m an imperfect place. My screws have fallen out. What am I going to do to put them back in?” Continuing to flip channels I stopped on the classic 1983 movie The Outsiders and literally jumped off my couch when I heard Johnny Cade say, “You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want.” Yes I do still have a lot of time to make myself be what I want, I thought to ,myself.
I took the advice of Johnny Cade and left my corporate career of 20 plus years to become a keynote speaker and author on the topic of lessons from 80s pop culture for life and the workplace. Combining my areas of experience, I created the popular book series, The Ultimate Series on Essential Work & Life Lessons from ‘80s Pop Culture, which includes two volumes of What '80s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Today’s Workplace, and my newest title, Raised on The '80s: 30+ Unexpected Life Lessons from the Movies and Music That Defined Pop Culture’s Most Excellent Decade.
I've spoken to a diverse set of organizations and companies including VISA, University of Florida, UPenn Medicine, DHL, WIFS (Women in Insurance and Financial Services), DisruptHR, FuturePharma, HR Healthcare, CMAA (Club Management Association of America), SGAC (State Government Affairs Council), Nostalgiacon and more. I'm also a frequent guest on podcasts with topics ranging from workplace culture to 80s pop culture and have been referenced or interviewed in numerous publications such as Entrepreneur.com and Esquire UK magazine.
A graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, I have over 20 years of marketing leadership experience with companies ranging from Planet Hollywood to DHL. I've been lucky enough to build brands, lead brands through transition and spearhead sports sponsorships with NCAA Basketball, PGA, MLB, International Soccer and the UFC.
I'm also very passionate about animal rescue and donate a portion of the proceeds from my book and speaking engagements to WonderPaws Rescue and live by the quote from the poet laureate Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Chris combines 22 years of marketing experience in a variety of industries with global brands and ad agencies with his unmatched passion for all things 80s to bring a fun, informative and unique presentation to your group.
Animal rescue has always been an important part of my life.
My boy Bodhi was saved by WonderPaws Rescue in South Florida when he was three months old.
I donate a portion of the proceeds from my book sales and speaking gigs to this amazing organization.They are real life super heroes!