Born to teenage parents, Chris was raised by his mother in Washington, D.C. Chris never allowed himself to become a victim or statistics because of his humble beginnings or circumstances. The oldest of five children, Chris learned at a very early age the sorrows, hurts and disappointments of life that are typically reserved for adults. Chris, however, never succumbed to his environment, nor his scattered and dysfunctional family structure.
Instead, Chris took every disappointment and heartache that life dealt him and turned it into a blessing. Before opportunity could knock, Chris had opened the door and rolled out the welcome mat. He rearranged, rather than accepted the hand that life dealt him and molded and squeezed every advantage out of it that he could and ultimately turned many of his life’s lemons into lemonade.
He never shrugged or abandoned his responsibilities or sense of family loyalty along the way. He only pushed himself to achieve beyond the expectations of many of his family members and friends; closed the mouths of the naysayers and obliterated many of the stereotypes that were the forerunner for the majority of African-American males.
At the tender age of 17, Chris was compelled into contributing support for his mother, three younger sisters, and younger brother. He worked full-time while still in high school, riding nearly three hours each day by bus, to school, work and then back home. He swept floors, cleaned toilets, flipped burgers and cooked fries at McDonalds, and although unbeknownst to him at the time, would become an integral part of his life experience. While still in high school and diligently working full-time at McDonalds, Chris soon became known as a top-flight employee who was quickly tapped for the Management Trainee Program.
Chris’ story inspires, engages, enthralls, captivates, and blesses the hearts of his many listeners. Whether addressing a room full of disadvantaged youths or adults, Chris’ life and personal and professional successes have universal appeal. After six years in restaurant management, Chris served as a U.S. Marine Corps Reservist, a U.S. Secret Service Officer (White House Police), and Maryland County Police Officer. After his tenure as a police officer, Chris was selected as the Marketing and Program Manager for the Officer Next-Door Program with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Today, as owner of Jones Executive Security Group (Former Director of Security for the Presidential Candidate Herman Cain), and as the Founder of YDREAM Leadership and Personal Development for at-risk youth and adults, Chris tells his listeners, “Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life” regardless of your situation.
Chris’ heart-wrenching story tells his listening audience about how sheer will and determination, compiled with a lot of heart and a dream, can help them to accomplish the same.
Chris has a B.S. degree in Business Management from University of the Potomac (DC) and received Executive Development training from Harvard University. Chris’ new book “10 Ways Teenagers Mess Up Their Options” is now available.
Chris is available for speaking engagements for schools, business organizations, conferences or seminars in the public and private sector.