TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Chris Offen

 
 

Each month, we feature BtGA team members who have made a significant contribution to our organization. From impacting our daily processes and procedures to shaping our culture, our team members come from diverse backgrounds and are constantly finding ways to spark greatness within BtGA.

1. What is your personal philosophy?

Show dignity and fairness to all. 

 

2. Where were you born? Where are you from?  

I was born in the Bronx, NY. My parents were immigrants who later became U.S. citizens. My mother was from Ireland and father was from Germany. Thus, I was a first generation American growing up in New York City and New Jersey. Went to college in Washington DC and have always lived in the Southeastern part of the US since graduation. 

 

3. Where did you graduate? What did you study? Any certifications?  

I have a BA from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where I studied Biology/Pre-med. I also have an MBA in Marketing/Management from George Mason University in Virginia. I attended the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, Illinois; as well as several shorter Business Programs at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. 

 

4. What three traits define you?  

Organized, focused, and analytical

 

5. Favorite book/movie?  

Movie: Star Wars. Book: The Greatest Generation by T. Brokaw

 

6. What are you most looking forward to? 

In my current retirement, I look forward towards enjoying myself with my wife, kids, grandchildren, and friends. Getting involved in endeavors and ventures that allow me to give back to people less fortunate than I have been blessed to be.  Shooting a golf score less than 100.  

 

7. What drew you to BTGA and how has BTGA changed has since joining the team?  

The focus of BTGA is to build bridges to save and improve people’s lives. It is measureable, you know you have accomplished your goal when the bridge is built. Most importantly, the bridge delivers tangible benefits to the health and economy of people in challenging areas of Africa. I believe BTGA has changed for the better by amplifying its technical and business capabilities.

 

8. What is your wish list for the organization in the next 5 years?

To develop a sustainable organization where the funding is more predictable, and the impact is larger through building more bridges each year. 

 

9. What is the favorite part about working for BTGA? 

The people of the organization have high values and are singularly focused to do what is right to improve people’s lives.  

 

10. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.  

Humorous (New York Style). I can’t walk and wear flip flops on my feet. Never learned how to wear them; therefore, I avoid them in the summer making me the odd person out within my family.