Chris McIntosh is the Chief Executive Officer of Bent Ear Solutions, LLC, where he works to apply advances in technology and information sharing systems to issues faced by the public safety community. Previously, he was the Director of Public Safety Industries at Esri, the world’s largest GIS technology company. Prior to joining Esri, Chris served as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Interoperable Communications Officer, responsible for the coordination of the numerous local, state, and federal communications systems that are in use throughout the Commonwealth and served as a subject matter expert for the Virtual USA program where he applied operational and technological best practices to information sharing initiatives at all levels of government. Preceding that, he served as the Operations Section Chief at the Virginia Emergency Operations Center where he was responsible for coordinating the response to large scale incidents and events affecting multiple jurisdictions in the Commonwealth, as well as the operation of the VEOC’s Watch Center. While there, Chris developed and fielded the Virginia Interoperability Picture for Emergency Response (VIPER), which serves as common operating picture for the state.
Prior to joining VDEM, Mr. McIntosh was an Operations Officer for the Navy component of the National Ballistic Missile Defense Program in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. McIntosh served over ten years in the United States Navy, separating in 2005. He began his career as a Hospital Corpsman specializing in environmental health, industrial hygiene, and communicable disease control. After numerous assignments supporting hospital, surface ship, and fleet marine force units, he was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1999. After commissioning, he served in both the Operations and Combat Systems Departments onboard several surface ships, and conducted numerous deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle Mr. McIntosh has a Bachelor’s in History from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University. His professional education includes Naval Preventive Medicine School, the Virginia Professional Management Institute, the Aegis Combat Systems Officer course, the FEMA Advanced Professional Series, and the National Hurricane Center preparedness course.