As Maureen's oldest of three children, Chris and his wife Susan, returned to Ardmore in 1990 to run the family business after the arrival of their first daughter, Caitlin. Chris spent five years in Phoenix working with the Trammel Crow Company on the twin Renaissance Square Office Towers (a million square feet of high-rise office complex in the downtown area). While starting as a project engineer for the then McKee Construction, one of the nation's largest commercial builders, Chris coordinated concrete, electrical and mechanical details during construction of the complex, and moved to coordinating the interior tenant improvements putting his BS of Construction Science Degree from Oklahoma University to work. As the project evolved Chris' ability to coordinate multiple tasks and to communicate with the tenants of the buildings that were mainly legal firms, Chris became the Building Manager at the age of 27 and served there for several years until their relocation back home.
Maureen serves as mentor and confidant for Chris over the years and he now is the owner of the family corporation and Managing Broker for the real estate operation, which has also participated in other business activities including residential development, home construction and mortgage origination. Chris's focus in on running a well-oiled operation that focuses on seamlessly handling the complexities of marketing, contracting and closing real estate deals of all sizes and classes. He personally gets involved with the complex transactions involving 1031 Tax Fee Exchanges and commercial deals involving variable options and conditions. Chris loves to work on the company's advertising efforts and loves working designs for their billboard campaigns with his youngest daughter McKenzie who has a great eye for design and a novel approach for slogans and pitch lines. Mack, as he calls her, took over a small button making business from her sister, who is now studying to become a registered nurse at the University of Oklahoma and helps her sell the buttons to the college community.
As a pass time and for his love of the outdoors, Chris enjoys improving land and helping land owners maximize the potential of their land for wildlife purposes. He started the Arbuckle Mountain Area Chapter of Quail Unlimited and personally leads the prescribed fire burning crew as a burn boss and fire planner. In 2006, his ranch property, the d Bar b Rock Creek, won the Quail Unlimited Central Plains Landowner of the Year and in 2008, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation granted Chris their Oklahoma Landowner of the year for his work on the ranch, and his contributions to the 2000 acre quail habitat restoration project at the Lake Murray Field Trail Grounds. He has evolved many friends within the field trial community and now trains English pointer birddogs, and enjoys riding his walking horses while working the dogs. When not cutting, burning or improving his or others land, he loves the throw a little line with one of his favorite fly rods in one of several ponds built over the years.
Folks that might have interest in habitat improvements to increase the value of their land and to improve deer, turkey, quail and other wildlife should feel free to contact Chris for information for cost sharing and assistance that is available. For website information about Quail Unlimited, visit http://www.arbucklequ.com/