Following completion of his naval service, J. Christian "Chris" Dowell began his business career with the executive search firm of D.E. Foster Partners, Inc. His career included later stints as a Partner of The Abbott Group Executive Search and as a Director of Recruiting with James Martin & Co, a Fairfax, Virginia based information technology and management consulting firm.

    Chris returned to Foster Partners in 1999 to serve as the firm's Managing Director in Charge of the Washington, DC office and as head of the National Association, Non-Profit and Federal Government Practices. In this role, he provided executive search, management and personnel consulting services for clients nationwide. His clients include several prominent regionally based financial institutions, Washington based trade and professional associations, educational institutions, and several prominent Federal agencies.

    In 2002, Chris joined Gregory Frumess to form The Breckenridge Group, Inc. Operating out of offices in Washington, DC and New York City, The Breckenridge Group was established with the purpose of providing continuing quality service to their existing clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. Chris heads up the Washington DC office of The Breckenridge Group, while Greg manages the New York office.

    Chris was born in Washington, DC and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1974 with a degree in Psychology. Entering active duty service in the Armed Forces, he was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. Chris completed twenty years of active duty service as a Fighter/Attack Pilot, where he advanced to the rank of Commander. The majority of his career was spent operating from deployed US naval forces throughout the world.

    Additionally, Chris completed an eighteen-month assignment to the French Naval War College in Paris and a thirty-month operational exchange assignment flying with French Naval Forces in southern France. Chris capped his naval career with a Pentagon assignment as a Congressional Liaison Officer and Air Specialist, during which time he prepared congressional testimony and senior level briefings on foreign and domestic issues.

    Chris holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and Management from Webster University, and is a graduate of the French Postgraduate Naval War College. He is a member of the New York Society of Association Executives, The Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives and numerous other professional associations. Chris and his wife, Holly Carter, have been married for 29 years and have four children, ages 13 to 23.