Chris originally came to Vietnam in 1998 when the Furama Resort Danang was just opening, the first five-star resort in the entire country. Since leaving the Furama, he moved on to Property Management in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, working both as a consultant and later becoming the Head of Property Management in Hanoi for Chesterton Petty (later merged and rebranded as Savills).
He built up a portfolio of projects for Chesterton, from high-end luxury apartment buildings to mixed- use commercial properties. He also worked heavily in the area of development advisory, reviewing land usage plans as well as collaborating with project owners to assist in design layout and functionality of several buildings in the Hanoi skyline today.
Chris stepped away from property development for awhile to develop his marketing skills as he took on the role of Director of Northern Operations for Destination Asia,. In this role, he oversaw the daily operations of this high-end luxury travel and incentive business, and spent a great deal of time travelling to Europe, the United States, and Canada to promote Vietnam as a destination for foreign travellers.
From there it was back to property, helping to start a company called New Peaks JSC, where he was Managing Director overseeing the establishment of the company and its direction in areas of property development and advisory. At the same time, Chris helped found the property services company Viethomecare in Da Nang.
Ultimately though, his heart has always been in Da Nang, having witnessed the development of that great city over 20 years. When he was offered the job of General Director for Indochina Riverside Towers and Riverside Tower Commercial Center, it was the perfect way for Chris to resettle permanently in Da Nang.
With a background in Management and Marketing from Boston College after serving in the United States Navy, Chris’ diverse background in Vietnam and passion to develop Da Nang allow him to contribute unique strengths to AmCham Vietnam and its members.