Chris joined Guidehouse in 2015 and has over 17 years of Energy industry experience. At Guidehouse, Chris serves as the solution leader for Guidehouse's Risk, Compliance and Security services, working with utilities on all aspects of NERC Reliability and Security compliance, Cyber and Physical Security, Risk Management, and Resiliency. Specifically, Chris leads the development, management, and execution of tools and services aimed at Cyber Security, Security compliance, risk management, internal controls, and process and program improvement within the Energy Sector.
Since joining Guidehouse in 2015, Chris has assembled one of the most experienced team of 33 individuals that build expert solutions for utilities to effectively and efficiently manage their Security and NERC CIP processes and programs. With his team, Chris has helped Utilities develop achieve clean security audits, reduce regulatory burden, and attain process efficiency and effectiveness. His team specializes in developing strong, sustainable and fully integrated CIP and Cyber Security processes.
Chris is a nationally recognized NERC Reliability and Security compliance expert. Formerly, Chris was the Director of Compliance Risk Analysis and Enforcement at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), where he led a team of regulatory professionals, cyber security professionals, and electrical engineers. During his seven years at WECC, Chris created and developed the Compliance Risk Analysis, Mitigation, and Enforcement teams and led the development of all the tools, processes, policies, and procedures, which paved the way for how WECC monitors, audits and enforces all Reliability and Security Standards in the Western Interconnection. Chris also served as the National Char (8 Regions and NERC) of the Enforcement, Mitigation and Sanction working group for several years.
Prior to WECC, Chris was a Technical Consultant for the State of Utah (Division of Public Utilities) focusing on auditing, ratemaking, and overall utility regulation. Chris has an MBA, with honors, from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and a BS in Economics and a BS in Communications from the University of Utah.