Chris Freeman

Operating Partner
Chris Freeman, Operating Partner, Orchid Blacklinkedin

# Business Transformation
# Coaching
# Launches & GTM
# Marketing
# Product Strategy
# Startups
# Strategy

I have a textured wake of experience including decades of development in nearly every facet of F&B/hospitality, added to that construction, design, online lifestyle publications and manufacturing following a career in advertising with small and large agencies, local and global brands. I mentor with several accelerators internationally. I am well practiced helping growth stage companies find their way to exit, advising the tech industry and start ups on office space with Colliers International and I am a GP with a new seed stage venture fund out of Chicago.

*DDB Worldwide: Launched State Farm into banking and mutual funds, managed a $330M annual budget, achieved $2B in AUM within one year of launch. (See Abstract)

United Airlines, First USA, Marriott, Emerson: Strategically planned all direction and tactical marketing implementations.

Four Corners Tavern Group: Founder -  Grew >$80M hospitality development and operations company from the ground up, EBITDA between 16% and 22% every year - consistent growth for 22 straight quarters.

: Founder - $30M hospitality development, concept and operations company spanning nine states, 750 employees.

: Ohio Wesleyan University - B.A., Economics and Journalism.


# AdTech / MarTech

# Advertising

# Analytics

# Big Data

# Construction

# Entertainment

# Food & Beverage

# Retail / CPG

# Hospitality

# Real Estate

Articles & Case Studies
Chris Freeman
“Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.” (If there is a way I'll find it, where there is not we will make it.)
—Hannibal Barca (circa 200 B.C.), general and statesman

What I'm Reading / Listening To:


Being present for every moment. Creating different neural pathways; allowing former, inefficient or even detrimental ones to grow in.

Still On My Bucket List:
Coach all of my children at some point.
Best Business Advice:
Learn something from every single person, even if it's just how not to be an a**hole.