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Chris Freeman

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Professional Summary

Chris’ superpower is his entrepreneurial mindset and strategic acumen informed by a very diverse wake of experience leading global brand work for ad agencies combined with starting and leading several successful companies spanning F&B, manufacturing, development, design, operations, and construction; the latest grossing $45 million, employing 850 employees over 10 states. 

Chris currently leverages his experience to help clients of all types in commercial real estate; Chris himself having been on the client side for most of his professional life, he knows the importance, sensitivities and pitfalls related to real estate first-hand.

Chris enjoys his formal roles as mentor, advisor and Entrepreneur-In-Residence for several tech start-up companies, incubators and accelerators around the world.  He spends time with the most nascent and "pre-rev” of companies to some of the most established companies, helping to chart futures; whether G2M/MVP, scale, or an exit. 


Previous Career Experience

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Four Corners Tavern Group

Founder, Element Collective Inc.

Founder, EMG Inc.

Account Leader, DDB Worldwide & other agencies


Having created a multitude of major hospitality companies, the latest achieving $23 million in annual revenues, employing over 750 people across eight states, I realized it was time to exit. Now my passion is leveraging my experience to help new and growing companies excel (and make strategically sound real estate decisions) while being able to spend time with my most significant achievement: my family.

My experience within major ad agencies early in my career, followed by being a successful entrepreneur starting, owning and operating businesses for almost two decades provides a very unique ability to work with companies of all sizes.


BS, Economics, Ohio Wesleyan University

Memberships & Involvements

·        Owls Lacrosse, Sports Based Youth Development

·        Chicago Innovations, Mentor & Ageless Innovator

·        1871, Entrepreneur-In-Residence

·        Food Foundry Accelerator, Entrepreneur- In-Residence

·        Mentor, Surge Western Michigan

·        Newchip Accelerator, Entrepreneur-In-Residence 

·        Orchid.Black Growth Services Firm



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