As an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, Chris pursued his other interest, computers, and sought a career path that would allow him to try his hand at his passion for racing. He knew that “big data” was an emerging field, and so he chose to major in Management Information Systems at the Terry College of Business. Chris describes his years at UGA as formative, emphasizing that they “laid a foundation” and prepared him for his start in the corporate world. In 2014, he decided to go out on his own and opened not one but two companies, EPM&BI and Azul Motorsports.
“You don’t invent your passion and career path; you find it along the way. And when you do find it, follow it,” said Chris.
With Azul Motorsports, clients are able to spend the day on the racetrack, pace-car free and with other drivers, after receiving formal training with an instructor. Chris’ dedication to his company is greater than realizing his own dream – it’s rooted in a love for teaching others and sharing the experience of racing with those who have yet to discover it.
“It’s all about the experience. The smells, sounds, g-force, and adrenaline – these aspects make the ride memorable,” said Chris.
Chris’ recent recurring gift to the Georgia Fund ensures that his impact on the university is ever-present.
“For me, donating to the Georgia Fund is not only about helping others, but also about helping the University of Georgia’s rankings,” said Chris. “Being better aware of how far a small, monetary gift can go – that led me to start helping right away.”
–Written by Claire Dickey ’18