Christopher Semler, MBA, PMP
Chris has degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Ithaca College and an MBA from St. John Fisher College. He is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Manager Professional. Since creating Organizational Harmony, he has helped raise over $201 million in funds for schools, hospitals, non-profits, and businesses. Chris has an award rate of 68%, and has created the highest scoring application for several competitions to include the US Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation, the US Health and Human Resources Telehealth Network Grant Program, the NYS Department of Education’s Mission Transition Program, and the NYS Department of Education Response to Intervention Program. Chris recently wrote three Race to the Top – District grants which all placed in the top 20 out of 392 applications and resulted in over $47 million in funding.
As an officer in the US Army, Chris served ten years active duty and 14 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve. His tours included Company and Battalion command. He also served in combat as General Petraeus’ project planner for the Iraqi Army, and on the Army’s Crisis Action Team 3 at the Pentagon, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. As the Chief of Force Generation was responsible for the successful development of the Multi-National Forces Project Plan which planned, integrated, and synchronized $5.7 Billion in resources to ensure the Iraqi Security Forces were prepared to secure their nation during the December 2005 elections and capable of independent operations in all provinces by 2007.
Chris worked as a non-profit director and vice president for agencies supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. In these roles, Chris developed many new employment opportunities, clinical programs, and homes for people with developmental disabilities. In one organization, he raised more than $13 million in additional revenues and was key to increasing customer growth by 42%. In these roles, Chris managed up to six facilities and led as many as 200 people.