After High School, Chris attended the Berklee College of Music for a two year certificate in Guitar Performance. Returning to Maryland, Chris contacted Paul Reed Smith for a job building guitars at his fledgling factory in Annapolis. He also began working with an extensive array of bands and musicians over the years which continues to this day, currently as a member of local group The Swingin' Swamis since 2002.
Over time Chris made other contacts in the guitar building business and after 18 years decided to leave PRS and set up shop for himself.
Chris lives in Baltimore where he has been running his finish shop since 2004. FBG has been Chris' primary colleague since 2011.