Department: Chief Operating Officer
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 540-907-4460 x110
From south Louisiana to western North Carolina to Virginia, Chris has been affiliated with paddlesports in a variety of ways.
Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer of the ACA, Chris worked as an outdoor instructor for the YMCA, a raft guide for the Nantahala Outdoor Center, a Program Director at a prominent summer camp and in the ACA’s Safety Education & Instruction Department.
Chris holds the following ACA paddlesports certifications:
• Level 4: Whitewater Canoe - Instructor Trainer Educator
• Level 3: Whitewater Stand Up Paddleboarding – Instructor Trainer Educator
• Former Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue - Instructor
• Adaptive Paddling Endorsement
A love for competition has allowed he and his wife to place at regional and national downriver races in tandem canoe.
Chris has served on various committees for the National Safe Boating Council, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and the PFD Manufacturers Association. He is a former Board Member of the Professional Paddlesports Association and a current Board Member for the National Safe Boating Council and on the Board of Governors of the International Whitewater Hall of Fame. In addition, he was appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Boating Safety Advisory Council by former Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Napolitano. He is also a lifetime member of American Whitewater.
In addition to articles published in several magazines, including poetry, Chris has contributed to three books and multiple educational videos. An Eagle Scout, he was also one of the writers of the revised Boy Scouts of America Canoeing and Whitewater Merit Badge Pamphlets and spearheaded the development of the BSA’s Stand Up Paddleboarding Award.
Chris lives in Fredericksburg, VA with his wonderful wife and two children. When not in the office, he can be found spending time on the water with his family, whether it’s kayak fishing, whitewater canoeing on a section of the local Rappahannock River or surfing SUPs in the ocean.