VP | Creative & User Experience @ Perception Health
Product Designer @ Phy
Creative Director & Product Developer:
I have worked with big brands like Band-Aid, Cracker Barrel, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, MIT, The Washington Post, LEGO, Griffin Technology and National Geographic. They were fun, but now I prefer to work with lesser-known / unknown brands who want to build their own influence. I like to help these companies develop
Creative Director & Product Developer:
I have worked with big brands like Band-Aid, Cracker Barrel, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, MIT, The Washington Post, LEGO, Griffin Technology and National Geographic. They were fun, but now I prefer to work with lesser-known / unknown brands who want to build their own influence. I like to help these companies develop concepts that move, motivate, inspire and/or teach.
Specialties: Creative Discovery, Brand Strategy, User Experience, User Interface Design, Graphic Design, Customer Engagement, Story/Tech-centric Product Development, and Creative Talent Scout
Co-Founder | CXO @ I don't want to oversell this new venture, but it is hard not to. With experts calling Bluetooth Low Energy, one of the cornerstones of the ever growing "Internet of Everything" (IoE), Cisco's CEO says that will have a $19 Trillion value. Also known as the "Internet of Things" (IoT) they're estimating there will be 30 billion devices entering the IoT ecosystem by 2020 and saying it will have 5 to 10 times the impact on society as the Internet itself.
This seems like a good place to be right now.
So... What's a beacon?
Also known as iBeacon, Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth LE, BLE, BTLE or Bluetooth Smart, beacons are tiny devices that have a 1+ year battery life and near universal compatability with smartphones. They send out tiny, low energy, short range signals (10' to 200'+). Signals that smartphones can hear and understand. Promoting action when those messages are received.
The tech isn't about location... it is about proximity. That proximity equals nearness in location, time and relationship, analyzing context and enabling engagement when conditions are just right.
We make Beacons and the software that makes them smarter. http://www.bkon.com From February 2014 to Present (1 year 9 months) Greater Nashville AreaMentor @ Young companies, even those managed by seasoned pros are typically "sipping water through a firehose" when they are going through a program like this. My role is to share my experiences in business, marketing and design... hopefully so that these companies can speed through a dramatic learning curve in preparation for a major investor pitch by the end of the 14 week program.
TechCrunch named it as one of the 15 best accelerators in the U.S.
http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/10/these-are-the-15-best-accelerators-in-the-u-s/ From March 2011 to Present (4 years 8 months) Nashville, TNMentor @ As a mentor, I try to help entrepreneurs predict their futures by looking back at my past. Somewhere along the way, I gained a few chunks of what they call "wisdom." To me, that word describes someone who has experienced the good, and the bad... but knows better than to repeat the bad. By sharing those experiences, the idea is to help accelerate a founder's learning curve and help them avoid potential pitfalls.
That old saying, "What goes around, comes around"... It is true. That's why I encourage everyone with few gray hairs to do the same.
In addition, I also work with the Jumpstart Foundry [http://jumpstartfoundry.com/about/] and HealthBox [http://healthbox.com] within the EC's family [http://www.ec.co/aboutus/]. From March 2011 to Present (4 years 8 months) Greater Nashville AreaFounder | Creative Director @ After spending more than half of my life in the "agency game", it was time for a change. I sold cabedge.com in January of 2012 and set out to explore new concepts. Working with established company leaders and startup founders as an imbedded team member, I help them design/develop strategies, and facilitate creative thought around new product development, branding, and customer engagement with a focus on ROI.
Although the MōBLS name was originally a mobile-tech concept, the meaning had evolved to become more of a metaphor representing agility. But as luck would have it, in February of 2014 I teamed up with an amazing group of engineers and like-minded mobile tech enthusiasts at BKON. From January 2012 to Present (3 years 10 months) Greater Nashville AreaBoard of Advisors @ Westcrete™ is a building system that protects with a steel-fortified concrete structure that doesn’t just tie the walls to the foundation like in a traditional wood or steel-frame building, it permanently binds them together, then goes one step beyond and does the same with the roof, creating a continuous monolithic protective shell that is rated to protect from winds and projectiles traveling at up to 250 mph. From May 2012 to Present (3 years 6 months) Nashville, TNBoard of Advisors @ Zingfin provides trending, timely and trustworthy stock related information, based on real-time analysis of information from StockTwits® Twitter®, Blogs, and the the news media, exposing the collective wisdom of crowds, so investors can make more informed, efficient, and effective investment decisions. From June 2013 to June 2014 (1 year 1 month) Greater Nashville AreaExecutive Creative Director | Consultant @ SportsBlog.com empowers sports fans to tell, show and share their experiences, opinions, and their love of the game. With 5k visits/mo in January of 2013 to well over 1 Million visits/mo at the end of the same year, this sport-centric tech platform gained momentum quickly, driven by content created by fans, for fans.
In addition to a multifaceted creative consulting role, I recruited in an elite team of talented designers and writers to accelerate the tool and the brand's evolution. From January 2013 to December 2013 (1 year) Co-Founder | Concept Strategy & Product Development @ RecruitTalk started as a strategic consulting gig for an enthusiastic entrepreneur with a dream and quickly evolved into a partner/co-founder role. The original concept of helping young athletes organize their stats and stories so college coaches could more easily see their potential was compelling. Seeing the benefit to those students who may not otherwise have access to higher education, I was enticed by the opportunity and dove in head-first.
I worked full-time with the management team for more than a year to refine the scope and define the product's function and user experience while supporting the initial capital raise, staffing, and customer acquisition. With Angel funding raised and paying customers in place, my role of establishing the identity and core functionality was complete. From June 2012 to August 2013 (1 year 3 months) Greater Nashville AreaFounder | CEO | Creative Director @ Since selling cabedge.com in January of 2012, I have had the chance to reflect on what an amazing ride it was. While serving as Founder / CEO / Creative Director, we became known as one of the premiere go-to agencies in the region for high-end web design and development. Along the way, I had the pleasure of working with national brands like Band-Aid, Cracker Barrel, ExxonMobil, MIT, The Washington Post, LEGO, Griffin Technology and National Geographic (among others).
While I was Creative Director, we received some major accolades that included:
* 60+ American Advertising Federation Awards (including a National Judge's Choice Award in 2012)
* More than 50 American Graphic Design awards
* 5 AIGA CASE Awards (including 2 "Best Of..." awards)
* and Telly Award
We were also featured twice in the Music City Future 50 Awards, plus we were named one of Nashville Business Journal's Best in Business for two consecutive years, but one of the most fulfilling recognition we received, had to be when we were honored as one of 2011's Best Places to Work from the Nashville Business Journal.
Riding high on this wave was a fulfilling and extremely rewarding experience, but after spending more than half of my life in the "agency game", it was time for a change. From April 2001 to April 2012 (11 years 1 month) greater nashville areaFounder | CEO @ As a grand experiment in entrepreneurism, iAgree was a mobile app that helped facilitate fast, formal, and binding documentation of verbal agreements through a mobile video app.
The idea pivoted and morphed to become GoodJob, a similar tool, with a different use for documenting and grading management interaction in business settings.
This was an amazing experience, with an equally amazing group of people. Not to overemphasize the amazingness... but it did help transform my thinking about business and put me on a new path. I will be forever grateful to everyone involved at the Jumpstart Foundry for the opportunity. From 2011 to 2012 (1 year) Greater Nashville AreaCo-Founder @ HotFacuet was a wild ride of ideas, utopian dreams and a whole lot of life lessons. The concept was based on the premise that my fellow founders and I knew what it took to assess, refine and transform ideas into businesses. We didn't charge for our services or receive any fees for securing financing. Instead, we invested our intellectual and human capital in return for an ownership share of each new venture.
Riding high on the bubble, we developed a nice business plan that involved real-estate. It started to get traction and some attention from the VCs. We even had an investor actually use the words, "I'm in boys!" while he downed a tiny little shot glass of some very expensive booze. A few short weeks later... POP! The bubble burst and the dream was... well... the dream was a darned good learning experience.
There sure were some good character building lessons in that one. From June 2005 to December 2007 (2 years 7 months) Creative Director @ This is where I learned the most important business lesson. It is important for a company to make more money than it spends. Seems like a pretty common sense thing to know. Unfortunately, in the time of the dot-bombs, nobody really followed that rule. I left before the bottom dropped out.
Responsibilities included Creative Direction, company self-promotion, and client branding /brand advocacy. From March 2000 to April 2001 (1 year 2 months) Manager of Interactive Design & Development @ I managed the design and development of several Internet initiatives for Buntin and their clients. From February 1999 to August 1999 (7 months) Greater Nashville AreaPartner | Creative Director @ My actual title probably looked something like this .... Creative Director / Designer / Project Manager / Supervisor of Project Management / Account Executive.
After my company, The Creative Syndicate, merged with The Edge, we got very busy, very fast. It was essential that I fill whatever role needed the most help. When the company continued to grow bigger and more technology focused on one particular product, I chose to leave and explore more design related projects while retaining my shares of ownership in the company. In 2004, we sold this company to a New York investment firm. From September 1995 to February 1999 (3 years 6 months) Founder | Lead Designer @ The Creative Syndicate was a partnership of 3 key people specializing in print design and CD-ROM development. My specialty at the time was Print. Responsibilities included everything from design and account maintenance to accounting. Major accomplishment: Awarded the State of Tennessee's first Internet development contract.
The Creative Syndicate merged with The Edge to form EdgeNet Media. From August 1994 to September 1995 (1 year 2 months) Art Director @ Design and production of printed material for in-house marketing department. Primarily consisting of trade show and newsletter support material.
Comdata continued to be a client for 3 years after I founded The Creative Syndicate. From February 1994 to August 1994 (7 months) Designer @ Designed and produced newsletters and ads. From December 1992 to February 1994 (1 year 3 months) Greater Nashville AreaStudent Designer (Intern) @ Design and paste-up production of official University Relations "propaganda". From November 1990 to December 1992 (2 years 2 months) Production Artist (Intern) @ Paste-up artist. (Yes, I did old-school paste-up and actually used a stat camera.) From June 1991 to September 1991 (4 months)
BA, Graphic Design / Commercial Art @ Western Kentucky University From 1988 to 1992 Chris Blanz is skilled in: User Experience, User Interface Design, Marketing Strategy, Brand Development, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Photography, Web Design, Advertising, Web Development, Marketing Communications, Entrepreneurship, Product Development, New Business Development, Creative Direction, Interaction Design, Digital Media, Illustrator, Adobe Creative Suite, Art Direction, Email Marketing, Mobile Devices, Start-ups, Website Development, Corporate Identity, Mobile Applications, E-commerce, Online Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Content Strategy, Creative Strategy, Interactive Marketing, Marketing, SEO, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Online Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Branding & Identity, Corporate Branding, Digital Strategy, Newsletters, Web Analytics, Information Architecture, Google Analytics, SEM, Social Networking, Copywriting, Blogging, Strategy