Chris has been with Advanced Power for just over 2 years. During that time, his primary responsibility has been to oversee all projects in construction and to grow the construction team that will lead Advanced Power through many more projects in the years to come. Chris is currently overseeing the construction of the Carroll County project in Ohio and the Cricket Valley project in New York.
Chris is focused on project execution across all projects in construction. This includes building a team of outstanding Project Managers, Project Engineers, and Environmental Health and Safety professionals. Part of building the team involves setting high expectations of how the team at Advanced Power interacts with contractors, neighbors, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders and counter parties. The reality of any project is that no matter how well structured it may be during the development phase, difficult issues always arise during construction and it is the responsibility of the project team to anticipate, collaborate, and find creative solutions to resolve these issues in a timely manner. Addressing the issues that matter, keeping egos in check and understanding what is important to the partners, stakeholders and other involved counter parties are all essential elements of keeping a project on track. Chris has found over the years that staying focused and conducting structured team-building sessions with the primary contractual counter parties invariably produce beneficial project results. This practice has been instituted for the Carroll County project and the same approach will be taken for the Cricket Valley project, which will have its first team building session with Bechtel this autumn.
In his spare time Chris enjoys offshore, shorthanded sailing. He says that sailing on a sunny afternoon in the Bay is just not exciting enough anymore! As an example, Chris completed a bi-annual Bermuda 1-2 race which involves a solo sail to Bermuda from Newport, RI a distance of 633 nautical miles over a period of 5-6 days, and returning to Newport double handed with one crew member. Chris stated, “the entire event really was one huge package of everything that is interesting and challenging to me. It took six or seven months of planning and boat preparation, learning best practices through seminars and discussions, networking within the sailing community, and lots of reading, and hands on sailing practice.” Boat preparation and sailing for an event such as the Bermuda 1-2 race involves in-depth knowledge and understanding of navigation, electronics, computer networking, mechanical and electrical systems, and a rudimentary knowledge of oceanography, which includes attending university-level lectures on the Gulf Stream. Also required is preparation for and an understanding of meteorology, satellite communications systems, first aid and seamanship and boat-handling. Part and parcel of this is teamwork with fellow competitors; helping one another prepare for the race and assisting at sea if needed and on the boat with the return crew. Teamwork on this race manifested itself when one sailor had to abandon his boat, and by the time he was in his life raft, his nearest competitor was already alongside to pick him up. In Chris’s case, there were some equipment failures close to Bermuda in challenging wind and sea conditions, which resulted in the nearest competitor suspending his race and shadowing Chris for the last 24 hours to make sure that he arrived at port safely.
Chris finds that his passion for sailing and managing large complex projects are closely related. They contain very similar elements of detailed planning, executing to plan, teamwork, and a proactive mindset, and problem solving. They are both goal-oriented activities and require continuous learning of new technologies, methods, and best practices. Both have lessons-learned attached to them – “How am I going to do this better and differently next time” and each have a strong focus on completing the mission with zero accidents.