Chris Santiago is currently the CEO and Board Member of Repairs Unlimited, Inc., GRC’s fire and water restoration services company, based in Kansas City, KS. As a board member, C-suite executive, and growth advisor, Chris has spent over 25 years working with publicly traded, PE backed, and family-owned companies within a variety of industries and sectors.
Previously, Chris served as the CEO and board member of Tricoci, a privately-owned, 1,200 employee, middle market consumer business, where he led the company’s acquisition and carve-out, as well as its transformation from a pre-digital salon-and-spa to a technology enabled consumer products-and-services company.
Prior to Tricoci, Chris served as managing director and operating partner at Blue Road Ventures, leading deal and capital sourcing, business planning and operations, board oversight, and strategic network development. Previously, Chris held leadership roles for Nasdaq’s global listings and B2B SaaS Solutions business units, was a Supervisor of Examiners for the National Association of Securities Dealers and was a floor broker at the Chicago Board of Trade.
Chris has served on both private company and nonprofit boards, including Tricoci, Chicago Cares, Chicago Foundation for Education, and Fund for Teachers. Chris received his B.S. in Finance from Iowa State University and his MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business.