A new father and life-long learner, Kris has been a involved in education since 1995. Inspired by his son Blake, Kris is currently combining his passion for learning with his background in education and television to create thislearning, llc focused on the exploration, discovery, and promotion of education and learning.
Working since 1997 as a professional driving instructor for major SUV manufacturers forhigh-profile corporate and customer events, Kris has also incorporated his instructional background to his development and hosting of several local and national television series.
From 1997, Kris' instructional-related projects have included Land Rover's national Range Rover Experience Tour heldfrom NY to CA, Land Rover's GQ and Condé Nast media events in Manhattan, DaimlerChrysler's Camp Jeep and Jeep® 101 courses in CO and VA, Camel Trophy events in Spain, Asia, and South America, and various national customer and press tours. He has also appeared in film, television, and industrial lead precision driving roles. Kris has developed and led many four-wheel drive instructional seminars, and guided events sponsored by local dealerships and adventure parks in the Northeast. Kris has also worked internationally as an off-road/adventure competition developer, and across the United States as a driving instructor and new vehicle public relations consultant.
Starting in 1995, and to combine his practical instructional experience with his interest in television, Kris created, executive/post-produced, and hosted the weekly adventure/sports television series FREESPORT-TV as a how-to/where-to guide for outdoor enthusiasts. In 2000, he similarly developed and hosted the national weekly television series Trekken, featuring some of the most challenging and breath-taking off-road destinations in the US, combined with historical exploration and driving-101 instructional segments. Each episode of both series incorporated his interest in local histories and cultures with his love of the outdoors, exploration, learning, and adventure.
Prior to his television and travel work, Kris worked for 4* years as a multimedia developer and director at Intelligent Applications Development on a primary project to develop The Thoughtful Reporter, a learning environment to help students acquire higher order thinking skills.
Adventure Travel & Competition
Voted 1996's best new guide of the year at Pocono Whitewater in Lehighton, PA, Kris expanded his interests to include international travel and off-road driving when ranked 1st for Team U.S.A. in Camel Trophy Mongolia '97. The 1997 adventure competition sponsored by Land Rover selected a final 40 team members from an international pool of over 1 million applicants. After multiple selection and training events in Georgia, Colorado, and Spain, Kris and his teammate were chosen to represent the United States. They spent over three weeks driving their Land Rover Discovery TDI (turbo diesel models) over 1800 miles throughout Mongolia, from the frozen lake Khovsgol in the north to the Gobi desert in the south. New for '97, the competitions spanned multiple disciplines to include mountain biking, kayaking, orienteering, and off-road driving.
The following year, Kris worked with Land Rover to train and select the U.S. team, and was then hired as one of 10 competition developers who setup the competition route for Camel Trophy Tierra del Fuego '98. The '98 competition work in South America took the staff on a two month, circuitous off-road trip driving Land Rover Defender 110's from Tierra del Fuego to Santiago during July, and then back along a different route to Tierra del Fuego during August. The routes introduced them to the area's unique peoples and cultures, and took them over ice-covered roads, snow, desert, and jungle as they made their way through the multi-climatic zones during South America's winter season.
To balance his off-road interests, Kris enrolled in a broadcast television program at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and a doctoral program at Columbia University's Teachers College, both in New York City, NY. His courses at NYU are designed around a Certificate in Broadcasting/Broadcast Production. At Columbia, he was studying to receive a doctorate in Educational Psychology: Human Cognition & Learning, with a specialization in Intelligent Technologies, before taking a sabbatical to pursue television and acting. He focused many of his class projects at Columbia on the psychology of instruction and incorporated many of his studies into his consulting. He received a Certificate in Artificial Neural Networks from the University of Cambridge, U.K., a Master of Science in Educational Technology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and a bachelor of arts in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, with a minor in Anthropology, also from Lehigh. At Lehigh, Kris was a brother and recycling chairman at Delta Upsilon fraternity and played the wing position for the college's rugby team.
Inspired by a class taken with Brian O'Neil, Kris created and developed the beta CastingNotes™ project, a performing arts journal that lets performers keep organized, track their progress, and network with others working in their field, as well as assisting new performers in organizing and highlighting all aspects of their work for better representation and Internet search results. He also created theunpaved™ community project to bring together off-road driving enthusiasts (using treadlightly® guidelines), and is currently developing an Earth Rights Watch™ program (link pending launch) conceived for the Kights News Challenge to provide a central location for raising awareness of, and providing public-sourced solutions for, sustainable living at local and regional levels. These projects may also serve as a foundation for the development of future television concepts.