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Chris Banakis is the Managing Partner of Acuity Advisory Partners; a boutique business and technology advisory firm that provides advisory services to help North American companies penetrate the electric utility market, with focus on smart grid and distributed energy resource technologies. His clients have included Motorola Solutions, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and Zetron. He has also worked extensively with the Perfect Power Institute in Chicago, IL and Pecan Street in Austin, TX. Prior to Acuity, Chris served as Vice President and Director of Motorola Inc’s Utility Practice in North America. As head of utility operations, he worked extensively with leading utility companies in North America and was actively involved with numerous industry associations including Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute and Utility Telecom Council. Chris served as Vice President of Business Development for Motorola’s mobile data operations in North America where he led new product launches, revenue growth and software application partner acquisition. During his tenure, Motorola was the leading provider of mobile data systems to government, transportation, and utility markets. He was a member of the Malcolm Baldrige award-winning team in 2002 and a recipient of the corporation’s global award for innovation. He also served as Managing Director of Motorola’s North Asia operation and was responsible for opening Motorola’s first sales offices in China. Based in Hong Kong he led sales, marketing and engineering organizations throughout the region including China, South Korea and Taiwan.

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Business Operations
  • Sales, Marketing & Public Relations

Industry Experience
  • Consulting, Research and Business Services

Education

BA, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL ; Certified Coach, Franklin Covey, Sales Performance Solutions;

Sales Professional Training Including:Target Account Selling, Helping Clients Succeed, Value Selling, Miller Heiman

Motorola Executive Development, Six Sigma Green Belt , Perfect Power Institute PEER Professional Certification

 


Communication Methods

  • In Person