Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Fairfield University, Chris moved to Boston and stepped into the emerging market of micro computing and office systems integration. As the world moved from centralized computing on mainframes and mini’s, Chris was at the forefront of complex integration projects and office connectivity efforts for companies like Citizens Energy, The New England Journal of Medicine, General Electric, Hubbell, Union Carbide and Proctor & Gamble. Eight years of experience in a fast moving and highly technical field would unknowingly prepare Chris for what was to follow.
After building his first home in Newtown in 1991/92 and while still working in the computer industry, Chris formed a partnership, developed real estate, banking and developer relationships and started building homes for others. In 1993 construction became Chris’s full time career and in 1995 he launched Oak Street Design & Construction, Inc. After running both companies for a year he left his former partner and struck out on his own in 1996 and in total has built over 100 spec & custom homes. Working under the critical eyes of some of the toughest building departments in Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield Counties, Chris has honed his skills on hundreds of renovation, restoration and preservation projects saving many homes from years of neglect and lack of attention.
Seeing longer sales cycles and slowing sales in the years running up to the last recession, Chris changed the direction of Oak Street from speculative construction to strictly custom work often taking over stalled projects from failed builders and correcting their mistakes. In the last 5 years Chris has once again re-imagined Oak Street to better meet the needs of his customers by focusing on purchase/sale renovations. Flips, as they are commonly called, have been the primary focus of Chris’s most recent efforts – renovating, repairing and rejuvenating older homes for the enjoyment of generations to come.
A serial entrepreneur, Chris was never content with having just one focus. While still running Oak Street and serving his customers he formed, launched, ran and successfully spun off two other real estate and construction focused business which are still thriving today. Securing his Realtor’s license is yet another example of Chris’s drive to evolve and change to meet the challenges of the market and his customer’s needs. Access to better tools and being able to respond quicker to opportunities in the real estate market were his initial goals but having access to the information and years of experience Chris has accumulated will prove invaluable to the team and to our clients. That ability to see beyond the paint, the tile and the other shiny finishes and the willingness to adapt and grow will be the difference which will once again set The Around Town Team apart from any other real estate effort in the area.