With his eclectic work experience and wide ranging interests, Chris is ideally suited to head up an organization like SuccessCREEations, Inc. The unusual job titles he’s had in the past beg for more explanation. Some examples include
- Third Mate
- Flight Officer
- Vessel Planner
- Port Captain
- Boarding Agent
- Marine Manager
Chris graduated college with a degree and a Third Mate’s license from the US Coast Guard to drive ocean going cargo ships. He was awarded a Navy scholarship, which helped pay for school. When he got to the Navy flying looked like more fun than driving ships. So Chris spent 6 years as a Flight Officer, navigating jets off of aircraft carriers.
After serving the commitment for his scholarship, he resigned his commission. From that point, Chris worked in the maritime industry for nearly 15 years, in many different aspects of cargo operations. There were lots of long hours, in all kinds of weather, at all hours of the day and night.
Ships are no respecters of personal schedules.
During all that time around the docks Chris developed an ability refine cargo operation systems making them more efficient and effective. In the process he saved his employers millions of dollars in operational costs.
Looking for a creative outlet, Chris started his first blog in 2005. He loved it! Within a few short months he bought his first domain, opened a basic web hosting account, and shifted his blog to WordPress.
It wasn’t long before Chris discovered he had an inner geek that he didn’t know existed. Some of the new friends he made online liked what he was doing with his sites and asked for help with their own websites. Chris was happy to help out where he could.
Eventually his wife (who is a very wise lady, by the way) suggested that if Chris was going to spend that much time in front of the computer he better find a way to get paid for it, or find another hobby. (“Because this isn’t working for me!”)
That made sense. SuccessCREEations, Inc. was formed in September 2007 and Chris left his full time job in the maritime industry on the last day of that same year.
WordPress Websites and More
Chris’ passion is to help people reach larger audiences and gain influence using the internet. We live in exciting times. Today we can reach more people in less time for less money than ever before in human history. The opportunity is there for people who understand the tools and processes.
The tool with the biggest impact for Chris is WordPress. It’s no exaggeration to say WordPress changed the course of Chris and Lisa’s lives. It enabled him to reach clients online, and ultimately gave them the flexibility to move across country to attend a Bible College in the mountains of Colorado. During those years in Colorado SuccessCREEations partnered with Web Savvy Marketing to do some amazing things for clients with WordPress.
Being the son of a high school teacher, Chris has a natural ability to explain complex things in simple language that makes them easy to understand. So to him, training was a natural compliment to website development. Clients should be guided through the process of learning how to use their website and other new media tools effectively.
Chris and his wife Lisa are also ordained ministers. They also head up their nonprofit ministry called NewCREEations. (It seemed the obvious choice to them for the name!)
Chris & Lisa live in Scotland where they are self-supported missionaries and direct the Dumfries location for Charis Bible College.
You can connect with Chris around the web on various social sites. Here are some of his profiles:
Chris has no problem getting up to speak in front of large groups of people or video cameras. In fact he’s got a little bit of an actor bug and dreams of one day acting in some feature films.
Chris has been interviewed by local TV news reporters because of his new media expertise. For example: