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Chris Shirling

Chris Shirling

Chief Financial Officer

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“There are so many people who are driven and have a desire to be successful, even at a very young age.”

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What technological innovation from the last few years are you the most excited about?

The progress made in virtual reality technology is very exciting. It has so many potential uses. Several years ago, I was able to participate in a rudimentary virtual reality demonstration and have followed the progress ever since then.

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How many languages do you speak?

One.

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What was the last good book you read?

The Martian by Andy Weir. The fact that he started writing it online and sold early copies for $0.99 on Amazon is also pretty cool.

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What was your first paying job?

Delivering newspapers in Greencastle, IN, when I was ten years old. My parents did a good job teaching my brothers and I the value of holding down a job. I think it goes toward the entrepreneurial spirit here at Intouch. There are so many people who are driven and have a desire to be successful, even at a very young age.

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What was your favorite college course?

Accounting I and II. I found my calling and never looked back. It’s a very different mindset from most of the folks at Intouch, being such a creative industry. What I enjoy is that there is still a good working relationship between all the disciplines needed to be successful.

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If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead (other than a relative), who would it be?

Warren Buffet. Extremely bright man, and his common-sense outlook on investing is appealing to me.

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How did you get started in this industry?

A friend of mine who worked at VML heard they were looking for a CFO and told the partners about me.

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What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Cleaning the litter box. I rarely do it, though.

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What is your favorite drink?

Malbec wines, which are mostly from Argentina, however other regions make versions as well. I got into this particular wine during the time I spent in Central America and Venezuela, and I have liked them ever since.

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Why were you given your name?

My first name just sounded good to my parents when they were trying to decide on my name. My middle name, Deane, is after my grandfather.

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Do you have any hidden talents?

One hidden talent I have is that I build my own computers. It’s a unique skill, but once you get the hang of it, you can build much better computers for less money than you could buy off the shelf.

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If you could live during any time period, which would it be?

The future. It would be fascinating to me to see what we have accomplished in areas such as medicine and space travel. I don’t necessarily want to travel in space myself, but the idea that, in the future, we may have the ability to land on a planet like Mars or mine asteroids is exciting to me. The technology behind that stuff is so complicated, but it’s interesting to think about what we can accomplish.

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I have become more of a morning person over the years.