Chris Dessi is a CEO of Silverback Social. He is also an award winning digital thinker, television & radio commentator, author, blogger, and public speaker.
Throughout his career in New York and London Chris has worked with Fortune 500 businesses and start-ups alike. His deep marketing acumen combined with his passion for psychology, sociology and cultural studies all reside at the fulcrum of his manifesto that social media is much more of a spiritual awakening rather than a technological one. This revolutionary perspective has propelled his personality into the New York media landscape.
Dessi is a regular social media expert contributor on Fox Evening News, and Good Day New York. He has appeared on the Steve Adubato show One to One, and has made Radio appearances on the John Gambling show on WOR Radio in NYC, and the Mary Beth Marsden show in Baltimore on WBAL.
His first book “Your World is Exploding: How Social Media is Changing Everything and How You Need to Change With It”, shot to #1 on Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases in it's first two weeks of publication.
In addition to his writing and work in social media, Chris is active on the college lecturing circuit. Coaching students how to leverage social media to benefit their personal brand message and their career. He has guest lectured to students around the country including Marist College, Manhattanville College, Loyola University in Maryland, and at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Social Media Summit.
As a result of the work and impact via television and radio in the New York metropolitan area Chris was recently selected by the Business Council of Westchester’s 40 under 40. Forty young men and women who exemplify leadership, foresight and a vision for the future of Westchester County have been honored each year since 2004.
He has been quoted in Mashable, and has lectured about the power of social media to the United States Marines aboard the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum. He is a featured contributor on Social Media Today and The Social Customer. Prior to launching Silverback Social, Dessi was Director of Sales of Buddy Media, where he led social media strategy for brands like the NHL, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Washington Redskins, Publishers Clearinghouse, The Philadelphia Eagles, TJX Brands, Michael Kors, and Childfund International.
Chris has a MS from NYU, and BA from Loyola University in Maryland.
Director of Sales
May 11, 2009 - Jun 21, 2010
Jan 1, 2011 - Apr 14, 2012
1997 - Jan, 2000
Business Development Manager
2000 - Jan, 2001
Area Sales Manager, Eastern Region
2004 - Jan, 2005