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Name: Chris Givens

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Chris started his career early in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Computer Science major at the University of Tulsa. It was here that he was picked up early by IBM and started an amazing 5 year career at there. It was at IBM that Chris was able to soak in the experiences of working with C-Level executives on major business problems and solving them with technology. IBM moved Chris to Seattle where he founded his own company, Givens Consulting to work with customers that IBM Global Services wasn't targeting. A year into the consulting services organization he founded, he was picked up by a local start-up that architected Starbucks Express and later went on to architect Subway's Gift and Loyalty system. This system owned by Chockstone, now runs a majority of the Gift and Loyalty transactions on planet Earth!

Chris started volunteering time back to the community in the form of teaching and it is here where he learned that giving back to the community and moving the world towards Trek-ism (the end of hunger and the furthering of Man Kind) is the best use of his time! With this goal in mind, Chris has devoted his time and energy to building high-end courseware and delivering it to small and large corporations (IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Dell, and many more) around the world! Also through Chris’s work at Avanade, a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture, he has contributed too many fundamental changes in the way students learn and absorb technology based course materials and expanded his depth of knowledge on advanced programming topics like ACA.NET (.NET SOA Implementation) and Code Generation techniques.

Chris continues to expand his knowledge of the world and its many cultures and looks forward to meeting new and exciting people that are changing the way the world works!


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