By the age of 30, Chris had already dedicated half of his life serving his community in the public sector. As a co-op student with Waterford Township at the age of 15, he helped residents, developers, and local officials by enhancing the local planning process through technology. He joined the Oakland County Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs in 2001 to support initiatives which encouraged the county's 62 cities, villages, and townships to utilize technology.
In 2009, Chris focused his efforts to see his work connect with the residents of the County by supporting Oakland County Parks and Recreation's Technology Roadmap. In addition to managing the implementation of the park system's point-of-sale and reservation system, he spearheaded its social media campaign and produced an award-winning video showcasing the park system's boardwalks.
Chris made a decision in January of 2012 to join Plante Moran's Government Consulting Practice, where he continues to share his experience and desire for helping local governments increase their use of technology all over the country.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with honors from Central Michigan University and resides in Waterford, with his wife of 12 years, Stephanie, and seven year-old son, Dean.
After more than 15 years of working directly in local government, Chris joined Plante Moran as a Government IT Consultant to expand his passion for promoting local government's increased usage of technology with one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For." Alongside a team of incredibly experienced consultants, he shares independent and objective advice with local governments who are preparing to replace their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, by assessing their unique functional requirements and business processes. Because implementing an ERP system is an extremely complex task, he also helps communities mitigate risks and integrate best practices during the implementation process by providing expert project management assistance.
Utilizing his knowledge gained from partnership with the innovative Oakland County Information Technology team, he provides communities with professional, objective, and holistic technology assessments. Supported by user surveys, stakeholder interviews, and peer benchmarking, the technology assessments serve as the foundation for improving efficiency and effectiveness through a strategic plan. Chris' passion for local government technology is his motivation for advocating cutting- edge practices instituted by Oakland County to communities across the country.
Chris is fortunate to have been presented with countless opportunities to support charitable initiatives through his involvement with the Faith Church of Waterford and Market Street Church of Walled Lake. One example that particularly blessed him was serving inmates of the State of Ohio correctional system. He supported several events organized by Hogs in Ministry (HIM), a multi-church motorcycle ministry, allowing him to play various types of music from classic rock to traditional hymns with his church band in prison yards. Serving and listening to the experiences of the inmates entirely transformed his perspective on life and reinvigorated his compassion for people.
Chris has also enjoyed the opportunity serving as a counselor, photographer, and band member for many youth summer camps, allowing him to relive a number of his favorite childhood memories when he attended the youth camps. Chris served on the Faith Church Advisory Board for 10 years and currently serves as a Trustee for Market Street Church, providing leadership for the worship team.
Oakland County Involvement
While he continues to help Oakland County local governments leverage technology as a consultant with Plante Moran, supporting technology as an Oakland County employee was a blessing in Chris' career for over 10 years. During his tenure with the county, Chris developed the county's first digital land use map, which is the foundation for communities throughout their planning process. He also performed a "development potential" analysis helping communities plan for future growth based on existing land use and their adopted master plan.
At the height of the mortgage foreclosure crisis, Chris designed a program which leveraged the county's innovative enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) program to help local governments address its negative impacts on the community. He also appreciates the privilege of supporting many of Brooks' initiatives through the application of spatial technology, including Main Street Oakland County, Wireless Oakland, and the Brooksie Way Half Marathon & 5K.
Chris' proudest accomplishment as a county employee was supporting the implementation of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's Technology Roadmap. His primary focus was deploying the park system's point-of-sale and reservation system which increased operational efficiency, improved the quality and timeliness of information, and enhanced customer service for county residents and park guests.
The information presented here was accurate as of January 2013.