Chris Wilkerson is the founder of High Bar Capital. High Bar Capital serves as the investment arm for start-ups and buyouts of niche businesses that are, or have a clear path to being, cash-flow positive. Portfolio companies include opportunities in real-estate, property management, talent management, hospital services and creative marketing. Chris focuses on the overall vision and strategy and executes on the growth plans.
High Bar Capital’s initial investment was EquipSystems, a hospital equipment management company. Since acquiring this business, EquipSystems has been named six times to the Fortune 5000 List of Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies. More recently Chris helped found AugustWinter, a creative marketing firm focused on action sport athletes – specifically in the snow, surf, skate and gravity sports verticals.
Chris’ passion for entrepreneurship started in middle school when he started and grew a plant nursery and learned his first business lessons of customer service, people, and cash management. He is now an active advisory board member for the Cornell Entrepreneurship Network and the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. Chris is also the treasurer for ACTUS, a charitable organization focused on the arts, nature preservation and health initiatives, and recently joined the board of Entrepreneurs’ Organization focused on turning its members into raving fans.
Chris earned a BS in Business Administration from Cornell University and a MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. While at Wharton, he led the team that created Wharton 54, an event that is often cited as one of the craziest business school parties. Outside work, Chris is an avid telemark skier, photography collector and supporter of a TNT (Try New Things) approach to life.
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