Chris is an Angel Investor and Venture Capitalist in Los Angeles, where he focuses on innovative, early-stage consumer start-ups at the convergence of culture and wellness.
Over the course of his career, Chris has overseen more than 150 investments across four separate investment vehicles representing more than $300 million of total portfolio value.
Chris is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of Hollod Holdings, a venture capital entity that invests in new compelling consumer packaged goods (“CPGs”) in food, beverage, pet, cannabis, nutrition, alcohol, and self-care. The firm has invested in companies such as Recess, Dirty Lemon, JuneShine, Pressed Juicery, Mud/Wtr, Elysium Health, Matchabar, Sweetgreen, and Blue Bottle Coffee.
Prior to founding his own investment entity, Chris worked for multi-billionaire investor Ron Burkle’s family office, The Yucaipa Companies, from 2009 to 2017. While at Yucaipa, Chris acted as the Venture Capital Partner as well as Burkle’s Traveling Chief of Staff.
Concurrent with his role with Ron Burkle, Chris was also the Managing Partner of A-Grade Investments alongside actor Ashton Kutcher and talent manager Guy Oseary. The fund invested in many high-profile consumer technology start-ups including Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Houzz, Casper, Nest, and Pinterest. The team also raised outside capital from other reputable investors including Mark Cuban, David Geffen, Eric Schmidt, and Marc Benioff.
After fully-investing the fund at A-Grade, Chris and Ron co-founded a new venture capital fund, Inevitable Ventures, with musician and investor DA Wallach. The fund invested in companies such as Memphis Meats, 8i, Thrive Market, and Common.
As a venture capital expert, Chris is frequently quoted in the press and has judged various start-up competitions. Chris was also named one of the 32 most influential investors (outside Silicon Valley).
Prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist, Chris was an Investment Banker.
Chris graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Economics, Finance, and Philosophy.
In his free time, Chris enjoys music, movies, hiking, philosophy, chess, and wine. Chris and his brother started a non-profit wine label, KMH Vineyards, in 2016 in memory of their mother. They launched their first wine, a California Pinot Noir, in 2017 in partnership with Pencils of Promise.