Chris Wilkerson is a founder and the senior managing partner of Praxis Summit, a software company focused on talent management and engagement, where he sets the overall vision and strategy, and executes on the growth plans. Chris is also president of High Bar Capital, an investment firm focused on funding new concepts and acquisition of high quality businesses, of which Praxis is one.
High Bar Capital’s initial investment was EquipSystems, a hospital equipment management company that Chris acquired and ran for 10 years. During that time, the team’s success led EquipSystems to being named five times to the Fortune 5000 List of Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies.
More recently Chris was involved in developing and managing high-end office space for small and international firms that require high-touch experiences in midtown Manhattan.
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.
Chris earned a BS in business administration from Cornell University and a MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Outside work, Chris is an avid telemark skier, photography collector and supporter of a TNT (Try New Things) approach to life.