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Getting to know: Christopher J. Singleton
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Getting to know: Christopher J. Singleton

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Christopher J. Singleton

Christopher J. Singleton

Title: Managing director and chief investment officer for Kanawha Capital Management, a Henrico County-based wealth management firm

Born: Leap Year Day, 1964, in Arlington

Education: University of Virginia, bachelor of arts degree in economics, 1986; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA, 1995

Career: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1987-93; Boys Arnold & Co. Investment Counsel, 1995-98; Crestar Asset Management, 1998-99; Kanawha Capital Management, 1999-present

In which part of town do you live: West End

Best business decision: “Joining and later acquiring an ownership interest in Kanawha Capital Management. It is a firm with a great staff whose singular focus is helping clients achieve their financial goals.”

Worst business decision: “I moved to Crestar two weeks after news of their acquisition by SunTrust. My group was downsized several months later. However, I believe things ultimately happen for a reason and my departure from Crestar led me to my position today. But it was tough at the time.”

Mistake you learned the most from: “The 2008-09 economic and stock market collapse taught me not to take anything for granted. Some huge companies whose survival I had not previously questioned had to fight for their lives.”

What is the biggest challenge/opportunity in the next two to five years: “Helping Kanawha continue to grow in a very competitive landscape. Large and small, financial services firms are a dime a dozen. Our challenge is to continue to differentiate ourselves from the crowd.”

First job after college: Economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “I helped produce the monthly employment figures. It is a release that I closely follow to this day since it impacts the markets.”

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “With hindsight, it would have been great to have entered the investment industry 10 years earlier than I did. The Great Bull Market of the 1980s-1990s was in its early stages.”

Movie that inspired you the most: “The Blind Side.” “It is a true story about the triumph of the underdog who, with hard work along with compassion by those more fortunate, overcomes extreme obstacles.”

Favorite/least favorite subject in school: Favorite: economics and history; least favorite: the physical sciences.

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