Chris Bock

Chief Operating Officer


Expertise

Starting my career in Government Contracting provided a solid functional base on which I've built my career. I'm certified at Level III in Contracting under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act. Through my years in management consulting, I became an experienced project and people manager, leading teams of consultants delivering to clients. I've also led capture on both large (greater than $25M) and smaller deals, managing capture strategy, proposal development, and pricing.



Interests

I have a passion for bringing together teams of talented, dedicated, and diverse individuals to achieve an objective. Professionally, that means tackling big Government problems and challenges through brainstorming ideas across technical and functional domains, and meshing those ideas together into an effective solution. When I worked for the Government as a Contract Specialist, I took pride in my ability to lead the charge with my business and program counterparts, finding innovative ways to achieve our mission. I like to think of myself as the glue that brought and held those teams together. That same approach applies to my consulting career. Whether we are developing a new online capability for companies doing business with the Government, or putting together a team to field a new Government subsidy program, I love bringing teams together. That passion carries over to my personal life too. I'm a founding member of a rock band that plays in the DC area, and applying our diverse musical talents to create music that people enjoy is extremely rewarding. I also enjoy organizing social gatherings with my family and friends, often centered around the dinner table or set up in a college football stadium parking lot.


Education

I have a Bachelors Degree from James Madison University where I studied Marketing, and an MBA from The George Washington University with a concentration in Finance and Investments.


What was your first Job?

My very first job was parking golf carts when I was 15 years old, which was fun because I got to drive before I got my driver's license. It was also fun because I got to play golf for free. My first job after college was with the Department of the Navy as a contract specialist.


What do you like about 540?

An organization is only as good as its people, and 540's people are the best. Very talented, dedicated, and passionate. We can do anything we set our minds to!


What do you do in your spare time?

I'm the co-founder and bass player for Lloyd Braun Band, and we typically play out on the town about once a month. I also play golf, and am an avid sports fan. On any given Saturday in the Fall, you're likely to find me tailgating at a college football game. I also enjoy cooking, and my wife and I love hosting killer parties at our house.


3 Fun Facts

  1. I was born in Morocco.
  2. I'm a HUGE Pearl Jam fan (I've seen them 17 times, traded guitar picks with PJ guitarist Mike McCready from the front row at a show in Charlottesville, and met PJ front man Eddie Vedder after a show in Milwaukee).
  3. I've visited 49 of our 50 states (Alaska is the only one left!). And for those that are wondering, layovers do not count. In my mind, to say you visited a place, you have to actually do something there. Every state has something cool to offer, but my favorites have been Montana, Washington, New Mexico and Hawaii.