Chris Buckner is a sales professional who resides in New York City. Chris attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations. One of the reasons that Chris was drawn to UT was the outpouring of volunteers that stem from the institution. Both personally and professionally, philanthropy and advocacy have been lifelong passions for Chris. Because of this, Chris’s first position was as a columnist for Metropulse, a publication that is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN). AAN publications are known for their regional concentration on arts and culture, tolerance for social and individual liberties, neutrality in news reporting, and enthusiasm to cover themes and locations that many mainstream media sources overlook. Chris featured local artists in his weekly lifestyle pieces, where he recounted museum exhibition experiences and promoted new bands. Chris also obtained feature writing experience as a cover story author.
Chris Buckner has always been a good match for the sales field. He has thrived in the retail industry for almost two decades. Prior to arriving in New York, Chris refined his customer service talents at Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, a food co-op that nourished and empowered the Knoxville community.
As a showroom manager, Chris led $1.5 million in sales at the Crate & Barrel flagship store in New York City, ranking first in his area and second overall. As the Store Manager for the Washington, D.C. location for Jonathan Adler Enterprises, Chris Buckner used his interior design talent and natural people skills to increase revenues by $300,000. Chris also seized the opportunity of the location, with Georgetown being a thriving and populous business district. He joined the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), establishing a network of other businesses and attracting visitors to Georgetown’s historic design district and over 470 stores, restaurants, and shops. Chris attended community events and increased awareness of the brand. Chris also created a specialized training program for staff that enabled personalized textile projects at the client level. This advancement increased category sales by 60%.
When the corporation added an NYC location for Jonathan Adler, Chris led a team of associates for the installment of the flagship furniture showroom. Over the next few years, Chris worked as the Lexington Avenue showroom manager, steadily increasing sales and boasting annual increases as high as 80%. Despite his elevated position, Chris Buckner maintained levels of customer care that turned every customer visit into a heightened, luxurious VIP experience.