BackStory: Chris Bright

March 19, 2018 -  By

Chris Bright

Seabreeze Property Services
Portland, Maine


Middlesex High School
Middlesex, N.J.
Class of 1994

U.S. Military Academy
West Point, N.Y.
Political Science
Class of 1998

University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis
Masters of Public Policy
Class of 20014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Mass.
Masters of Business Administration
Class of 2007

Work Experience

1994-2004 • 2005-2014
U.S. Army

“I’m very lucky to have those (Army) experiences. I worked for some very strong leaders and learned if you legitimately care about your people, it goes such a long way.”

Personal Growth Dynamics
St. Louis

VP, North America
Bologna, Italy

“I learned how to sell to the government, make sense of the bureaucracy and create a path to success.”

Sr. director, government divisions

“This was my first step into senior corporate leadership, and I learned about how to have the right processes. A lot of the corporate structure and the way I think about things came from Philips.”

RedCastle Partners

Seabreeze Property Services

“I use the (military’s) ‘commander’s intent.’ I tell the team, ‘My intent is…’ in a few sentences and say ‘these are your right and left limits,’ and then I check in.”

Did you know?

 “I have four kids: 13, 11 and twin girls who will be 6 in May. We live 30 miles north of Boston, so I have an hour and 45 minute drive to work every day.”

 “I love scuba diving in the Florida Keys.”

 “I’ve been in a couple bands here or there, and I went through three rounds on season one of The Voice.”

Words of Wisdom

“You have to stay laser-focused on your priorities, decide what your vision is and the three or four things that are going to get you there, and work at those despite the daily distractions.”

“Think in terms of the customer—identify their ‘what’s in it for me?’ Be the expert so they can focus on the other parts of their business.”

“I tell my senior leaders all the time, you have to lead by example and live that example. You can’t ask your guys to go out and work hard for you or (in the military) put themselves in harm’s way if you’re not willing to do that.”

Photos: Chris Bright

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About the Author:

Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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