Christopher's entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own company immediately following graduation from Purdue in May 1989. His company, MailCode Inc.,provides mail-processing solutions through mail sorting equipment, software applications — including local, remote, and voice encoding — and multi-line optical character recognition (MLOCR) technology.
In 1989, Christopher also initiated Differential Weighing Inc. as a spin-off company from patent technology developed at MailCode. This patented technology is licensed to all global major scale manufacturers.
Under Christopher's leadership as president and COO, MailCode Inc. revenue grew to $19 million by 2000. In 2001, Pitney Bowes acquired a controlling share of MailCode Inc. and in 2002, Christopher became vice-president of U.S. sales and customer development for Pitney Bowes, Stamford, CT. Pitney Bowes Inc. is a $4.4 billion global provider of mail and messaging solutions serving over 2 million businesses in 118 countries.
Christopher's expertise in the field of mail processing has led to four U.S. Patents and a Recognition Award by the U.S. Postmaster General. His road to success resulted from hard work, confidence, and a solid educational experience, according to Christopher. “When you're young, you have few tentacles to tie you down, it's much easier to jump into risky situations and come out successful,” he explains.
Christopher resides in New Canaan, CT with his wife, DeAnn, and 1-year-old son, Ethan.
This was originally written for the Distinguished Technology Alumni Awards in 2004.