We’re excited to announce Chris Park joined Chateau 20 as our new Partner Relationship Manager. Chris is not only a 17-year veteran of affiliate marketing, he’s a darn fun guy. We caught up with Chris and asked him to tell us what he’s passionate about.
C20: Tell us 3 things you love to do when not working?
Chris: I love to spend time with my wife visiting our children. Shelley and I are empty-nesters now, so we enjoy traveling to visit our children. We have a son in Vermont, a daughter in Ohio, a daughter in Florida, a son in Washington, and a son who’s still close to home. So, we have plenty of wonderful places to visit.
I also have a 2003 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail that my wife and I like to take out for day trips to nowhere. Typically we choose a direction to travel, and then look for roads we haven’t been on before and town we haven’t visited. This question was a good reminder. We need to get it out of the garage more often.
And I love cooking. Ask me for my Beer Bread and Onion Pie recipes. And if you’re ever in northwest PA, stop by and we’ll share a beer on the back deck while I teach you how to smoke a couple Boston butts for pulled pork.
C20: What music is in heavy rotation on your iPod or satellite radio?
Chris: Even I’m amazed at how much my musical tastes have changed over the years. I’ve seen KISS 13 times in concert. And up until college I had seen maybe 30 different show. If I had to pick the most mellow up until that point, I’d have to say it was Triumph (go ahead, Google them). These days, I listen to what’s ever playing on XM Radio. But I catch myself smiling whenever Van Morrison, Gordon Lightfoot or ELO pops up. In addition to Classic Vinyl, Classic Rewind and Ozzy’s Boneyard, I now have The Bridge and Underground Garage as presets on my radio. And though Shelley and I finally attended a Jimmy Buffet concert at a huge amphitheater, we now prefer smaller venues. My most recent live concerts have included Kansas, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Grand Funk Railroad, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Clint Black, Pure Prairie League, Wynonna, Blackberry Smoke and Blue Oyster Cult. And if that list isn’t diverse enough for you, I even found myself at a Social Distortion show. But I attended that one with friends, because Shelley said, “Absolutely Not!”
C20: What do you love about the affiliate space?
Chris: Hands down, it’s the relationships and friendships that the industry fosters. I’ve been in affiliate marketing for 17 years, now, and if I left the industry, I would truly miss the friends I’ve made over the years. Actually, that’s one of the reasons why I made the move to Chateau 20. My previous employer had decided to realign how they managed their affiliate programs. They were going to transition me to working closely with our company brands and away from our publishers. No more publisher calls. No more negotiations. No more conferences! I decided to start looking around for a position that would continue to let me do what I love – working with publishers. And Chateau 20 and I found each other
C20: What are the most exciting things about working at Chateau?
Chris: Working at Chateau 20 requires me to bring my “A Game” every day, because I am literally working with legends in the industry! When I interviewed for my position with Chateau 20 and learned about the company, I quickly began recognizing names. It seemed like everyone I spoke with was not only a familiar name, but had been in the industry as long as I have! They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but after working for an apparel cataloger for a very long time, I’ve enjoyed learning about all of Chateau 20’s clients and learning how to use new tools. What’s REALLY exciting about working at Chateau 20 is that I have colleagues who are as excited about the industry as I am. I went from being a one-man affiliate marketing department to being a part of a team that I learn something new from each and every day.
C20: What client-focused things have your motor running right now?
Chris: I’ve attended Affiliate Summits at Caesar’s Palace, but I had no idea how many hotels were included in the Caesar’s Entertainment portfolio until I started working with them at Chateau 20. Not only are there countless properties in Las Vegas, they have hotels in Atlantic City and many, many other cities across the country. And Caesar’s Entertainment has a Show’s affiliate program, too! In addition to the Legends in Concert show that my wife and I saw the last time we were in Las Vegas (it was great), there’s a show to interest just about everyone. While you probably won’t see me at the Chippendales or Donny and Marie the next time I’m in Vegas, I’m going to need to see the Righteous Brothers or Ralphie May. Maybe both.
The coolest parts of the Caesar’s Shows affiliate program I wouldn’t even classify as shows. High Roller and the Eiffel Tower Experience are now included in the program, too. I’m going to the top of both to see the neon lights of Las Vegas, and to take pictures of the Bellagio fountains.