Chris is a senior financial services executive with a successful track record of leading complex organizations and driving strategic, cultural and operating changes to improve client experience, firm profitability and shareholder value. He is also a private equity/venture capital investor and strategic advisor focused on the investment management and financial services/financial technology industry. He is an experienced corporate and non-profit board member.
Chris is currently an Executive Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, for Raphael & Associates, a Third-Party Administrator and Independent Claims Adjuster in the insurance industry. He also currently serves as a principal and strategic advisor for two private companies in the financial services space – ETF Global and VETS Indexes. Chris is also the Founder and Managing Partner of CAO Strategic Partners, LLC, an investment firm focused on active investments in small to mid-sized private companies in the financial services industry.
Chris was previously President and a member of the Board of Directors of Victory Capital, a $36 billion, independent, multi-boutique asset management firm with 9 independent investment platforms and over 200 employees focused on active developed and emerging markets equities, core fixed income and quantitative strategic beta strategies for institutional separate accounts, US mutual funds and ETFs. Over his close to 30-year career in investment management, Chris has held numerous senior roles building and leading investment and distribution teams. He has also led several significant M&A transactions as both buyer and seller and strategic initiatives focused on maximizing growth, operational improvements and driving cultural change.
Chris earned his BA in Management from Moravian College, MBA in Finance from Pace University and is a CFA Charterholder. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Metro NY Chapter as well as a member of the national Investor Board for the Gift of Adoption Fund and is a past Trustee of Moravian College.
In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling and playing tennis. He is also a successful professional race car driver, having competed at the highest levels of sportscar racing in the US and Canada.
Chris resides in Franklin Lakes, NJ with his wife Linda and daughters Lauren and Kristen.