A music aficionado with a longtime love for live events and entertainment, Chris has a unique combination of experience in finance, strategy and operational roles in consumer facing businesses. Prior to starting Backline, he was a senior member of the founding team and helped concept and manage a large-scale music festival, Project BHNC, in Del Mar, CA. Prior to Project BHNC, he started Gart Capital Partners (GCP), in partnership with the Gart Family, where he directly oversaw a number of portfolio company investments and also lead the firm's deal-sourcing efforts. Over eight plus years at GCP, Chris sourced hundreds of consumer and retail deals and was involved in ten transactions, including Breeze Ski, Magellan's Travel Supplies, Swoozie's / Beaucoup and Running Specialty Group. Chris also worked for Petrie Parkman, a boutique investment bank focused on the energy/oil and gas industry, as a Vice President. He was responsible for generating revenue for the firm by establishing relationships with buy-side institutional investment managers, and supporting their investment interests in the energy industry. Earlier in his career, Chris worked as an associate for myCFO, a Silicon Valley startup as well as investment bank Morgan Stanley, as an analyst. Chris holds a BA in sociology from Princeton University where he was a member of three Division 1 national championship lacrosse teams (1994, 1996 and 1997). He currently lives in Denver with his wife and three children.
From an early age, Max has been surrounded by some of the most intelligent and well respected professionals in the entertainment industry. These individuals fueled his passion for live experiences and an entrepreneurial spirit to create memories for patrons and success for consumer focused, experience based, businesses. Max is a true problem solver, working closely with all departments associated with concepting and producing live events and brand experiences. He draws from his experience working intimately with companies like Summerfest: “The World’s Largest Music Festival”, KAABOO Del Mar and the University of St. Thomas, in order to enhance the customer experience and solve complex issues many businesses face. Max graduated cum laude from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor's degree in Marketing Management. Max loves cooking, attending concerts and enjoying the outdoors.
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