President and founder of Metis Solutions LLC, Chris' nearly 35 years
of professional experience includes more than a decade as a consultant to banks and law firms, providing guidance
on business strategy, compliance, training 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 and the role of the escrow agent.
Prior to founding Metis, Chris had over two decades 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 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 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 skills
for disadvantaged children. He chaired this Board from 2004 through 2009 and continues in leadership roles on Board