Chriss Street is a highly regarded radio talk show host, author, college professor, entrepreneur, and former investment manager with deep expertise in investment banking, change management, corporate restructuring and public policy economics.
Mr. Street co-hosts the Agenda 21 radio show broadcast on the Salem Radio Network. His newest book, Asleep in a Foreign Field, will be published in the summer of 2013. He will serve as a lead speaker at the Bloomberg Hedge Funds Conference in New York on June 4, 2013. Mr. Street's website is: www.chrissstreetandcompany.com
Mr. Street led the turnaround of two NYSE listed corporations as President & CEO. His management expertise is strategically developing and leading executive teams to turnaround under-performing operations, meet large-scale deliverables, and ensure enterprise success across diverse industries. He has served on numerous boards and provides
Chriss Street is known for entrepreneurial approach combined with honesty, integrity, and high ethical standards.
Chriss Street has worked for thirty years as a money manager, investment banker and corporate restructuring specialist. He has served as the Chairman and CEO of two New York Stock Exchange listed companies, as a Trustee for the United States Justice Department and as a member of the Board of Directors for several corporations.
Street is a recognized expert in the area of municipal finance and is frequently cited in national publications and on business programs. He recently contributed to pieces in Barron's, Pension & Investments, and was featured in a Bloomberg Magazine piece exposing the risk associated with Collateralized Debt Obligations; Street has also authored articles for both Forbes and Institutional Investor. Mr. Street has been interviewed as a featured analyst for news programs on CBS, ABC, National Public Television and Bloomberg Television.
In early 2009, Mr. Street published a White Paper warning against the consequence of the Federal government guaranteeing the State of California's sovereign debt. Street's article garnered national attention and was cited in Barron's, Forbes Online, The Hill, Sacramento Bee and Orange County Register. In May, Treasurer Street was asked to testify before the House Financial Services Committee regarding this matter; Street was the only person to testify against bailing out California and municipal investors in Lehman Brothers.
Chriss' association with the Orange County Treasurer's office dates back to 1994 when he sounded the alarm on risky investments made by then County Treasurer Robert Citron. After initially filing to run against the incumbent Citron, Mr. Street withdrew his candidacy and endorsed John Moorlach in his bid for the office. Although Mr. Moorlach failed to unseat Citron, Street's fears about the speculative investments were proven correct. Orange County's investment pools suffered a catastrophic $2 billon loss and the County filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation's history.
Chriss W. Street was sworn in as the Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector on December 5, 2006 where he oversees a $7 billion dollar investment pool. In December 2008, Orange County was the first county in the nation to receive a AAAm rating from Standard & Poor's; this is their highest rating for both safety and liquidity. During his tenure the investment pools have twice been ranked by TRACS Financial as one of the top ten performing government pools based on return. Chriss is also a Trustee for the $6.5 billion Orange County Employee Retirement System.
A native of California, Mr. Street earned a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of California at Irvine and is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Business. Chriss has been involved in numerous charitable, professional and civic organizations such as; The Homeland Security Advisory Board, Books for Freedom, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Orange County Employee's Retirement System. Chriss has been married for 30 years and is the proud father of three adult children.