About our Nominee
The Haas family has yet another nominee! Christopher Haas is a man of many talents, with a lot of experience on his side. He served our wonderful country as an Air Force Officer, served in Afghanistan, and experienced the world while working with the locals while serving in different countries. Chris has experience as a bartender and as a bar-back. He has a lot experience in the service industry but, he decided to choose a new profession. He has now spent 10 to 15 years in the distribution field. He has a masters degree in MBA, with a concentration in logistics, a certificate for supply chain management, as well as a bachelors in political science and history.
Q & A
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career/owning your business?
A: I had a little change of direction from the military, and I hoped to be a flight crew in the military. It didn’t work well and I didn’t enjoy it, so I transitioned to the world of logistics and transportation. I had never heard of it until I got into it. I really enjoyed it, so I got out of the military and got hired on as a fleet manager with Air Gas.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Gulf Breeze/Navarre?
A: I was here for 5 years when I was younger, from 8th grade until senior year in high school. I went to the military and moved back to the area. I’ve been living here for a year and a half now.
Q: Who is the most interesting person/business owner you’ve met here in Gulf Breeze/Navarre? Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of Gulf Breeze/Navarre?
A: Keith Furrow, he’s an interesting person. I don’t interact with a lot of people from the business owner perspective other than him since I work from home now. I have, however, crossed paths with people in the church. A lot of them are retired but they still have knowledge and wisdom that they can bestow upon people, if they so choose to do so.
There’s a woman by the name Jen Lusher, she is a pastor at Community Life. I chose her because of the works she does for Covid-19. She’s been working with the counties and cities and state, on how to build a program to assist people in need currently. She does a lot of community work. She helps so many people.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people? (Or someone starting their own business?)
A: You need to understand your market and study it. Gulf Breeze, for example, is a small town. There’s not a large population. You can’t just bring in another box store. I think of something that’s niche, and fun to the local market. Understand who your audience, like your customer, client, or market. Once you figure those two parts out, you will need to understand your long term goal.
Q: What current/former local business makes you the most nostalgic about (or what is most iconic in) Gulf Breeze/Navarre?
A: When I think about the beach, it’s Alvin’s Island. It’s one of the things that actually stay on the boardwalk. It’s an anchor. Another one that comes to mind that’s kind of more recent is the Bridge Bar, it’s local. Just as a little tidbit, their family bought Helen back.
Q: Where do you see yourself (and your career/business) in 5 or 10 years?
A: I’m sure I will probably still with the same company I currently work for, unless a good opportunity comes in my way that would still provide me the same luxury from living in Gulf Breeze that I do now, like work from home. I still have aspirations like having my own business or maybe moving into real estate.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Gulf Breeze/Navarre, and what do you love there? (What is your favorite dish, and where do you get it?)
A: The Copper Bull is a fun one. Johny Houston’s Grill and Bar, they have pretty good burgers.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: I’ve been around a lot because of my history, and I really love Rome. My next spot would probably in Greece or Scotland.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: I think it is probably more of a genre than a favorite movie, because it depends on my mood. I prefer war and historical movies or shows. Something along the line of Saving Private Ryan. Each one brings something a little different.
The first movie I remember seeing in a theater is Ghost Busters.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: Pay off the house and be debt-free. So I won’t worry about anything.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Gulf Breeze/Navarre?
A: My favorite thing is the water, environment, and lifestyle. Living here is more casual. In general it is a special place.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why?
A: Any one of the founding fathers, but probably John Adams or FDR. Which is kinda interesting because it is two extremes. I would maybe take them to the Grand Marlin.
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: Rock. Any type of rock, genre maybe new metal rock, rap, and punk. And the bands I’d like to see are Linkin Park, Fallout Boy, and Panic at the Disco.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I’m an assistant cub master. Also, my key tenants of my life, or principle in life is service. It’s part of who I am. I made it to Life Scout actually.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Family, love, and joy.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: Tom Hanks.
Q: If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: Physical Fitness Trainer.
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