Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network
Chris Evans is a Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network North Carolina entrepreneur-in-residence. He is an entrepreneur and philanthropist with offices in Raleigh, NC. Chris currently serves as the executive chair of Tethis, a Raleigh-based biomaterials company. Evans served as CEO and founder of Accipiter, a leading provider of ad management solutions (purchased by CMGI, Inc. and fully merged with Engage in 1998), and member of the board of directors for Engage (NASD: ENGA), a majority-owned subsidiary of CMGI, a provider of profile-driven Internet marketing solutions from 1999 until 2001. In 1992, he founded Hotlinx, a publisher of print and online buyer’s guides for software professionals, which was sold to a group of private investors in 1997. From 1985 through 1992, he co-founded and served as the executive vice president of DaVinci Systems, which developed the first e-mail application for the Microsoft Windows platform. The company was acquired by On Technology.
Evans currently serves on the board of directors of Community in Schools of Wake County, NC State’s Entrepreneurs Initiative advisory board and DOOR International. He also serves as an advisor to several businesses and not-for-profit enterprises in the US and Europe. He is also the author of Fruit at Work – Mixing Christian Virtues with Business, which was published in 2012 by Lanphier Press.
Evans’ many accolades include the 1999 Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur award; Business Leader’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998, the 1998 North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. He was also named a Digital Media Master by Advertising Age.