Professional Summary

Chris Blair comes to the Barriers to Entry program with years of management experience in the Airline, Music Education and Online Grocery Delivery Industries. In addition, Chris has an extensive 20+ year career in the Arts and is a founding member of Dad’s Garage Theatre Co. in Atlanta, GA. Chris is excited to move into a career with growth potential and feels the IT industry is a great place to build upon the management skills he has acquired. The formal training received through Barriers to Entry will be just what he needs to get to that next level!
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  • Methodologies: Agile, Waterfall
  • Soft Skills: Classroom Trainer, Public Speaking, Interviewing/on-boarding
  • Relevant Experience: Airline Management, Music School Management, Shift Lead, Theater Production, E-Commerce Sales
  • Software: Microsoft Suite, SharePoint, Google Suite, Emma, Asana, Workday, ADP TotalSource, Okta, Front Desk

Education & Training

  • York Solutions’ Barriers to Entry Program – Concentration: Project Management
  • Valencia Community College – AAS in Liberal Arts

Professional Experience Highlights

Shift Lead

  • Oversight to over thirty employees, ensuring a seamless customer service experience.
  • Training of new staff, tracking and monitoring store metrics for use in team coaching and development.
  • Weekly staff level management, providing support to other Shift Leads in the region.
  • Develop and designed training materials, promotion posters and tracking documents.

General Manager

  • Hire, onboard and oversee staff.
  • Build strong relationships with parents, instructors and students at School of Rock.
  • Reporting, scheduling, budgeting and community outreach.
  • Establish relationships with local music venues to book and promote concert events.
  • Provide instructors with opportunities to develop new skills like directing and leading workshops for students.
  • Cultivate a safe environment for students to learn and perform music.