Christopher Coleman: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.
Chris Coleman moved to Gainesville in 1997 from Houston, Texas because this was where he and his wife Nancy wanted to raise their family. Chris and his family settled into Gainesville and before too long Chris knew that he wanted to help his new hometown.
Category: Community Service
About Christopher Coleman
Occupation: Investment Advisor Representative and Managing Partner
Years in Gainesville: 15
First, a little about Chris. He is the managing partner of Falcon Financial Management and his wife Nancy works at Oak Hall Lower School as the Director of Admissions. His daughter also goes to school at Oak Hall. Chris is a graduate of Wofford College in South Carolina and is a native of Texas. Chris quickly became a Gators fan when he moved to Gainesville and joined the Gainesville Quarterback Club in 2004. He is a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church.
Chris began his community service with work for the United Way Allocations Committee where they see presentations from different organizations who are vying for funds. Chris sat on this committee and learned a lot about the organizations here in Gainesville that were in need of help.
Chris was a member of the Jaycees for two years and served as Treasurer for the year 2008. Chris was nominated Jaycee of the Year in 2007. The key events for the Jaycees while he was a member were the Haunted House, Campgrounds, and Rebuild Gainesville.
Chris is the President of the East Gainesville Development Corporation (EGDC) and has served with this organization for five years. For two of those years he was also Chief Administrative Officer. This project is trying to enhance the social, cultural and economic development for residents of the east side of Gainesville.
During that time, EGDC’s programs have included VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) in cooperation with the United Way and Project Empowerment, a project which involved a utilities assistance program in cooperation with GRU. The EGDC has also created, in conjunction with the Gainesville Community Foundation and Peaceful Paths, the IDA (Individual Development Accounts) program, which is a match savings program to teach financial literacy and life skill classes. Chris serves as an instructor for a class through the IDA program where he teaches investing and retirement planning. Chris is currently working in tandem with CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) for the Stone Soup Project in East Gainesville, a food bank for anyone in need, which is just getting started. Chris served as a representative for the G-Tech Advisory Panel, a technology/enterprise hub, where they were instrumental in the refocusing of the goals and intent of the G-Tech facility.
Chris has also served on the Red Cross of North Central Florida since 2010. He is currently serving his second term as the Treasurer. Through his involvement with the Red Cross he has served the communities through fundraising and has had a hand in the Celebration of Taste and Masters of Disaster fundraisers where they raised funds for the American Red Cross.
As if that isn’t enough, Chris is currently a member of Leadership Gainesville, Class 39 (with one class per year since its inception). Leadership Gainesville is a training development program to raise greater awareness of the community including social services, police, and fire services. He also currently serves on the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council Advisory Committee. Chris served for two years in the Chamber of Commerce Diplomat Program.
Chris also has a huge heart for Tyler’s Hope Organization and has been a tireless volunteer for Tyler’s Hope including serving on the Silent Auction Committee for Home Magazine’s Taste of Home. He is also a supporter of the Jill Darr Foundation through the Gainesville Community Foundation and a supporter of the Peaceful Paths Christmas Program.
Chris is truly committed to helping people around him through his knowledge of finance as well as business. He has been an inspiration to many people who know him and we think he embodies what you are trying to celebrate with these awards.
Submitted by Rachelle Schoster