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Chris Valletta is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, media contributor, and former NFL Player. With a passion for using athletic-performance principles as the model for transformational business leadership, Chris has developed an established track record of launching and scaling several multi-million dollar ventures across a variety of industries. With business partners like Serena Williams, Drew Brees and Dwayne Wade, among others, he is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer for MISSION, the recognized leader in cooling technologies.
In addition to authoring numerous articles highlighting the potential for athletes in the workforce, Chris wrote the best-selling book, “Team WORKS! The Gridiron Playbook for Building a Championship Business Team,” which describes how to use athletic principles to build a winning business team. Serving entrepreneurs as well as companies of all sizes, Chris is a sought-after speaker for top-tier universities, professional development programs and business teams looking for an edge in their performance.
Chris received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Rhetorical Theory and Political Science from Texas A&M University and completed the Executive Program in Entrepreneurship from Harvard Business School. He serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to Texas A&M’s McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship and is a Representative at Large for the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M. He has served as an Advisor to the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell on issues of personal-conduct policy revisions and overall brand strategy. He is a regular independent contributor to Fox News, Fox Business, CNN and MSNBC on matters related to business, workplace performance, entrepreneurship, and athletics.
Chris is married to Lili Gil Valletta, CEO of CulturIntel and CIEN+ , a Big-Data Analytics and Marketing Firm, and lives in New York City with their two sons. With a passion for American History, Chris is a collector of a broad range of historical and political memorabilia, including over 200 military-issued pocket Bibles carried by soldiers on the front lines during every American conflict.