Chris grew up in Colorado and enjoyed the outdoors, especially skiing, fishing, camping, soccer, rugby, bouldering, and international travel. He was an extremely active individual, sharing his time outside work with friends and family.
While attending Colorado State University, Chris joined ATO fraternity where he held several elected offices, completed a semester abroad at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and graduated from CSU's College of Business in 1992 with a major in marketing and a minor in German. He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad, starting in the Customer Service Department and then moving to the Logistics Department. He resigned his position in 1996 to pursue a master's degree at the Thunderbird International School of Business in Glendale, Ariz. During his third semester, he completed an internship with Bayer AG in Wuppertal, Germany, and was offered a full-time position upon the completion of his master's degree.
Chris died of a rare disease (vasculitis, previously identified as Wegener's granulomatosis) in January 1998, three months before completing his course of study at Thunderbird. This scholarship was started in the fall of 1998 with the equity in his house, a value of $11,000. Through generous donations from family and friends, including CSU professors, the endowment grew to more than $100,000 by the end of Fiscal Year 2014. It is the objective to pursue continued growth of the fund to reach a sustaining level sufficient to provide ongoing scholarships to qualified students for many years to come.