A native Buffalonian, Christopher Courtney completed his MBA and is pursuing his PhD at the University at Buffalo, with an interest in entrepreneurship and operations management and strategy. Chris was the recipient of the Arun Jain Fellowship while working on his MBA, and his team won third place in the 2012 NYS Business Plan Competition. Before returning to school he ran his own business for more than eight years, providing reverse logistic and remanufacturing solutions to larger retailers. He is currently an adjunct instructor in the Computer Science department at Niagara County Community College and teaches entrepreneurship and strategy at UB. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Greater South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce. He, and his family served as the Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes, on the Family Advisory Council at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and as volunteers for Wings Flights of Hope. Chris has worked at the Erie County Industrial Development Agency in the International Program, helping small businesses expand internationally. He successfully completed a two-year professional development program, and is now LeaderCORE certified at the Role Model level. He plans to pursue opportunities to start a business venture while conducting research in crowdfunding and teaching entrepreneurship. He has been invited to present his crowdfunding research at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA and the 2016 Darden and Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Conference in Washington, DC. His research has also gained media attention and has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and Crowdfund Insider.