Hi. I’m Chris.

I’m a Master’s Student currently at the VCU Brandcenter in Richmond, VA. I’ll graduate in May of 2020 with a Master of Business with an emphasis on Creative Brand Management.

Before coming to the Brandcenter, I worked all throughout the music industry - Alternative & Top 40 radio, artist/tour/merchandise management, and venue marketing/booking.

I believe great design coupled with great strategy can be an unstoppable force for change. I’m constantly learning searching for new ways to creatively solve problems.

Ultimately, the brands that win are those with the greatest sense of purpose. Finding new and creative ways to achieve that is what gets me excited and passionate on a day-to-day basis.


Now For some fun facts…

// 🎶 I couldn’t wait for a summer on the Warped Tour 🎶 (until I realized that would frequently involve not showering for days on end)

// I love “smooshface” dogs. Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, Pugs - if I see one, there’s a 100% chance I’m going to attempt to pet them. The smooshface all over this page is Bella, a 12-year-old brindle Boston Terrier who takes better photos than I do. She’s the best.

// I am a huge Los Angeles Dodgers fan and I’ve got the tattoo to prove it. #ITFDB

// Last but not least, I’ve been to more concerts than I can count. My first was Neil Diamond. My next is The 1975.

Instagram | @chrisbates