Founder & CEO
In 2000, Chris founded ClearPath. He wanted to get away from the mixed agendas of the corporate world where people seemed too focused on lining their own wallets instead of doing what was right for the business and its customers. Too often he was faced with agendas and motives that conflicted with his core values.
Prior to founding ClearPath, Chris was CFO of Majestic and The North Face. Before North Face, he was CFO and In-House Legal at Vermont Castings and spent five years as a member of an M&A Advisory Services team for PacifiCorp Financial Services. Chris started his career as a CPA at Arthur Andersen. Combined with his time as CEO of ClearPath, Chris has been a part of over 300 M&A projects – both on the buy side and sell side.
Chris is extremely involved in non-profit and philanthropy work. He currently serves as the Board Chairman for Blue Oaks Church, as well as the Treasurer and Board Member for Teen Esteem. He is also an active fundraiser for the National MS Society and participant in the annual Bike MS event. Previously, Chris acted as a Board Member and treasurer for the Red Window Project.
Chris and his wife Kalli live in Pleasanton, CA and have two adult children, Jessica and Sarah.
B.A. Accounting, Cal State University, Northridge
JD, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR
CPA license, inactive
Oregon Bar/Law license, inactive
M&A transactions completed: 150
M&A projects advised: 300+
C titles held prior to ClearPath: CFO, VP Operations, In-House Legal Counsel
❝I love what we do. And I love who we get to work with. We have a business model, compensation structure, and set of core values that provide maximum assurance that we will do the right thing for our clients. We have to earn our spot in the inner circle, and we respect that position very much. To help our clients achieve success on their terms is, personally, very fulfilling. And I love working with my ClearPath team. Each member of our team truly lives our core values – at work and at home. This is very special, and I am proud to be a part.❞