Full AheadVentures

WeddingAdvisor.com is a online market place that provides a single, unified platform where brides and grooms-to-be can connect with wedding professionals that can make their special day the wedding of their dreams. Couples can search for wedding vendors in their area, search through ratings and reviews for vendors and also leave a review of their own experience.

AkoubaCredit believes anything is possible when a small business has the right tools. Simple financing is just one of these tools, but is perhaps the most critical. Akouba is dedicated to providing qualified small businesses with simple financing they need, when they need it, through a state of the art underwriting process.

Guard Llama is a company aimed at reducing sexual and domestic violence toward women. Guard Llama is activated via a wireless key fob that sends your location and physical profile directly to emergency responders. Police will now have information telling them exactly who they are looking for and where that person is from the click of a button.

"Forced Perspective" is an intimate portrait of iconic Cleveland artist Derek Hess by documentary filmmaker Nick Cavalier. From Derek's early flyer work and celebrated sketches to his elaborate mixed media pieces, this film showcases the evolution of Derek's art and the emotional ripples it leaves behind in the world.

Overseeing strategic vision, operations, and brand/media relations, Full Ahead Ventures (FAV) is expanding this abbreviated-dating company. FAV acquired the fledging business with a struggling business model in mid-2012 and has a goal of 18-24 months to increase revenue and profitability. (Acquired by 3 Minutes at a Time, Feb. 2014).

Overseeing investor relations, partnerships, daily operations, brand strategy and media relations, FAV helped this early stage start up compete against the likes of the biggest wedding brands in the world and eventually pushed the company towards being acquired.
(Acquired by WeddingWire, Dec. 2013)

Loft 312 Inc. designs and manufactures accessories for people with pets. Its eco-friendly lifestyle products use an exclusive biodegradable plastic technology.

As an initial outside investor, FAV watched the eco-friendly eyewear producer quadruple in size. Its design-savvy product, which uses FSC-certified plastics and reclaimed hardwood, is globally distributed.

FAV invested in Ditto Trade, a first-of-its-kind social brokerage firm that was created to benefit the millions of investors on the sidelines. The idea behind Ditto Trade was to offer people access to trading expertise they had never had before.

FAV assisted this growth incubator to increase its event schedule, sponsorship packages and attract many new companies into its creative space. During FAV's tenure, VentureSHOT grew to be a more recognizable brand in Chicago and has continued to accelerate.

FAV founded and oversaw operations for the logistics and intermodal transportation company, Chicago Marine. The initial $2.5 million dollars in start-up revenue was earned in less than 12 months.

Full Ahead Ventures is always looking to invest or join new companies in Chicago and beyond.


As an entrepreneur, Chris focuses on identifying great founders with amazing ideas and creating successful businesses through unique strategies.

After leaving the business world because the Fortune 100 companies Chris was working at were stifling his creativity, Chris founded Full Ahead Ventures. As Creative Director, Chris leads the team at Full Ahead to focus on unique products and services that create real value in their respective market. Chris and the Full Ahead team have worked with companies to develop their idea, build an initial MVP, raise capital for growth and advise through successful exits.

When Chris is not working at Full Ahead or mentoring new founders, he enjoys volunteering, boating and cooking for guests at his home.


Business Development

Risk Management

Interactive Strategy

Angel Investing