A native of New York City, Chris Paladino spent the first 12 years of his career with the American Red Cross. His work took him across the country and around the world as a fundraiser and spokesperson during major disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes, as well as the TWA flight 800 crash and the Kosovo crisis.
Chris left the Red Cross in early 2005 to move into private business, joining Marjack Company, Inc. as a shareholder and Vice President of Corporate Development. In 2008, he helped manage the sale of Marjack to Performance Food Group. In 2009, he and his partners sold Great Western Products, the nation’s third largest popcorn manufacturer, to a private equity firm. Chris followed these sales with the launch of NCP Holdings, LLC as a vehicle to invest in local businesses. In 2010, Chris led a group of investors in the acquisition and restructuring of Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company in Crofton, Maryland. The company produces a premium coffee that is the most sustainable you can buy and a custom-built roaster that uses 78% less energy, and packaging that is manufactured entirely from recyclable materials.
Currently, Chris volunteers with several organizations to directly solicit gifts and improve their fundraising capacity. Recent projects include launching the development program at the American Public Health Association and helping raise more than $650,000 for the Water Planet Challenge sponsored by Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International.
Chris and his family recently spent a year in Panama City, Panama to give his son an international high school experience and explore life in a booming Latin American culture. During his stay in Panama, Chris raised funds to rebuild a home for abused girls in the interior of the country.
Now living in Austin, Texas, Chris is putting his business experience and non-profit fundraising and management background to work for DRi and our clients.