Author of eights books and countless articles, Chris has learned that experience is one of the best teachers. Chris started his career in finance and human resources and has helped build several startup technology companies like early dotcoms MTS (1996) and carrershop.com (1998). His current venture with AvidXchange has given him the corporate ride of his life. As AvidXchange’s first employee in 2000, Chris has played roles in support, training, testing, development, project management, consulting, sales, marketing, and management. Chris is a teacher leading efforts at AvidXchange’s internal university training new employees, acquisitions and partners. His greatest pride, however, comes from the over 250 annual lectures and presentations he gives to accounting and finance professionals. Chris speaks on the topics of startup success, sales, presentation skills, change, automation and AvidXchange. Audiences always leave with something that can improve their lives and businesses and he does not apologize for being entertaining. Chris lives in Clover, SC where a wife, four kids and business keeps him very busy.