CEO & Founder
Chris Fredericks founded Empowered Ventures and serves as CEO. He also is a member of the Board of Directors and is President of TVF. Chris has a diverse work background in management, accounting and finance, mergers and acquisitions, operations, strategic planning, human capital management, and business valuations. In 2010, he proposed and led the acquisition of TVF on behalf of the employees using an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), creating a successful ownership transition for the founder.
Chris is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a degree in Accounting. After four years in public accounting, Chris joined TVF in 2005. He served in various positions, including Chief Financial Officer, before becoming President in 2010. Under Chris’s leadership the company has modernized its technology, entered new markets, acquired Pacific Coast Fabrics, and steadily grown revenue and profits.
With his 20 years of experience, Chris tries to lead with a focus on both short-term goals and long-term planning. His drive for continuous improvement and strategic growth, balanced with a true care for fostering strong employee-owned cultures, sets his companies apart.