Chris was born in Columbus, Georgia, but raised outside of Dothan, Alabama. “I grew up on a family peanut farm,” he explained. “I spent a large part of my time as a child fishing for catfish and hunting squirrels. I’ve been hunting and angling much of my life.”
“My first hunting memories were as a young boy harvesting squirrels with my father,” he added. “As I got older my father sat with me in tree stands looking for whitetail deer. He was my earliest hunting mentor. My first memories fishing was with my Great Grandfather. We would cane pole for catfish and host fish fries for our family.” Today, Chris has several hunting and angling peers that encourage and educate him on something new each year.
Chris says fishing has been a mainstay during his adult life. “I love to travel to fish. I’ve fished most of the western states for trout and I’ve spent three months in Alaska fishing trout and salmon. I also enjoy offshore fishing and flats fishing in the panhandle.” Although Chris hunts with a rifle, shotgun and bow, his current hunting passion is bow elk hunting. “I spend 15+ days each September in the elk woods. Mainly, I hunt Colorado in Summit, Grand and Clear Creek Counties.”
A graduate of Auburn University in Alabama, Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Business. “I have over 15 years of experience working in the technology/software industry,” he explained. “I’ve spent time in consulting, management and now sales. My most memorable experiences have been creating and interacting with high performing teams.”
Chris joined Backcountry Hunters & Anglers during 2018. “BHA looked to be an active organization with motivated members,” he said. “I am extremely excited to work with BHA members and local, regional and statewide resources to ensure hunting, angling and conservation is well represented in the Central Mountains region of Colorado.”
“We are lucky to have a hunter-angler-conservationist like Chris join the Colorado BHA Chapter Leadership Team,” chapter co-chair David Lien said. “His passion for boots on the ground conservation work and activism will greatly enhance our efforts and effectiveness in the Central Rockies region.”