Chris was born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, but spent his formative years in Spring Lake, North Carolina. He attended East Carolina University on a full athletic scholarship, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a minor in information systems. He also holds a J.D. from William & Mary School of Law. As a student leader, he was known for taking initiative to address racial inequality on campus. Following a short enlistment, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps through the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School. Thereafter, he saw deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, Chris was elected as the youngest member of the United States Electoral College to officially cast the ballot to elect the president and vice president of the United States. In 2011, Chris was elected the youngest mayor of the city of Spring Lake, North Carolina, where he served three terms from 2011 to 2017. Chris is currently the COO of CAASI Health Services. He also currently serves on the Board of Governance for Charisma University, located in the Turks & Caicos. In 2021, Chris was elected the 36th international president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest historically black fraternities committed to service to humanity.