President and founder of Metis Solutions LLC, Chris' professional experience
includes more than a decade as a consultant to banks, providing guidance on business strategy, compliance, training,
technology and other matters. He has provided expert witness and litigation consulting services in both
state and Federal litigation involving industry custom and practice and the role of the trustee under the Trust Indenture
Act and in municipal, corporate and asset-backed financings. He has also provided expert opinions on industry custom
and practice in connection with business escrows.
Prior to founding Metis,
Chris had over 20 years of industry management and leadership experience. He was the Group Senior Vice President and Division Manager for LaSalle Bank National Association’s
Corporate and Institutional Trust Services Division for eight years, leading all aspects of institutional trust administration
and business development, including Corporate Trust, Shareholder Services, Escrow Administration, Employee Stock Ownership
Plan Administration, Land Trust, Employee Benefits, Safekeeping, and Domestic and Global Custody. Before joining LaSalle, Chris worked for Boatmen’s Trust Company
(formerly Centerre Trust Company) for 13 years. He was the Senior Vice President and Manager of
the Corporate Trust Division, with nine offices in seven states, leading Boatmen's Corporate Trust, Stock Transfer and
Escrow product lines.
Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Trinity College in Hartford,
Connecticut. He also holds Master of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Washington University
in St. Louis, Missouri. He has held the Institute of Certified Bankers’ professional designation
of Certified Corporate Trust Specialist (CCTS) since 1992. Chris has served as a member of the Editorial
Board for Network News and has written articles and made numerous presentations on litigation trends, professionalization,
current issues, best practices, leadership and risk management.
Chris chaired or co-chaired the American Bankers Association Capital Markets conference for five successive
years since 2000 and has continued as a member of the Planning Committee for the 2006 through 2011
annual conferences. He also was chairperson for the 2002 IMN Public Finance Conference. He
has served for seven years, including four as chairperson, on the American Bankers Association's Corporate Trust Committee.
Chris is a member of the Board
of Directors of Leap Learning Systems, a not-for-profit organization specializing in language and communication skill
development for disadvantaged children. He chaired this Board from 2004 through 2009 and continues on its Executive