Founder, CEO and Thought Leadership ConsultantIn addition to being the founder of Thaut Thought Leadership Consultancy, and creator of the Thaut Process of Strategic Thought Leadership, Chris is the host of the Thought Leadership Studio Podcast and is working on a book tentatively titled "Organized Influence".
A serial entrepreneur since age 24, Chris brings both the power of technology and the art of positive persuasion to give clients clear leadership in their niches. Chris gained prominence when he owned a chain of personal fitness studios and wrote web applications for them that won both a 2004 Nova 7 award and a 2007 Nova 7 award for innovation in websites and new technology. He was also awarded the 2008 Innovators Awards from the Charleston Regional Business Journal for the FitMenu online healthy dining program after he sold the studios and began developing online marketing solutions for multiple corporate clients in the Charleston, SC area.
Chris honed his marketing instincts modeling the best practices of the masters of marketing like Seth Godin and Jay Abraham first in his own brick and mortar businesses then launching and running his own digital marketing agency, Pensarc, which he ran for 10 years before deciding to take what he learned about digital marketing and create the 5th Level Web concept.
In addition to being an award winning developer and digital marketer, Chris is an NLP Master Practitioner and has developed innovated methods of using NLP in sales and marketing. He also enjoys time with his wife, Meaghan, and playing guitar in an original rock band, Strings of Air.
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