35, President, Whitacre Greer
What motivates or inspires you to better the community?
This community is my home, and I want it to succeed. I care deeply about what happens to Canton and Stark County overall, and I want it to be the best that it can be for my children and their children.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
That it is OK to admit that you don’t know something. It’s better to reply “I don’t know the answer off the top of my head, let me find out and get back to you” than it is to give an answer that might be wrong.
What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?
There are a lot of opportunities in Stark County. When I was growing up and in high school, I wanted to move away because I didn’t think a lot happened here. I was wrong. When I moved back to start working at Whitacre Greer, I was astounded at the amount of opportunities that are in Stark County.
What are your goals/plans/aspirations for the future?
To grow Whitacre Greer and to prepare the company for the next 100 years.
“Chris is a leader who takes pride in the accomplishments of his entire team, always recognizing the efforts of the whole group and never taking credit on his own. I believe he deserves to be acknowledged for his personal achievements and that his example will serve as inspiration for others.”
• Jackson High School, college preparatory and vocational degree, 2000
• Otterbein College, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2004
• Kennesaw State University, MBA for Families in Business, 2012
In the community
• Joined JRC in 2013, served as a member of the Finance Committee, was elected secretary, then vice president and now serves as the president of the board
• Has helped raise more than $40,000 for JRC
• Helped relocate the JRC adult day care to a larger facility
• One of the leaders on the capital campaign to buy the Meyer’s Lake Ballroom so JRC can open a second childhood learning center
• Filled many roles during his 10 years at Whitacre Greer
• While working as a customer service representative at Whitacre Greer, he designed and carried out the first customer opinion survey
• Organized and executed a new Saturday retail sale at Whitacre Greer
• Served as Whitacre Greer’s first Human Resources Manager and designed an employee recognition program and implemented a company-wide subsidized uniform program
• As Corporate Finance Manager at Whitacre Greer, he secured financing for the company’s largest capital expenditure and oversaw the construction for the project
• Member of Leadership Stark County’s 26th Signature Class
• Completed the Leadership Stark County Spotlight Program
• Served on Leadership Stark County’s alumni committee
• Wife: Beth Kaboth
• Children: Alex and Ian
• Parents: Janet and Paul Kaboth
• Beth Kaboth, self-employed