Who are you?
My name is Chris Farias and I’m VP of Creative Development at KITESTRING. I’ve been working in advertising and marketing for twelve years in Southern Ontario. In 2007 I co-founded KITESTRING Creative Branding Studio, and as VP, Creative Development & Partner I lead a vibrant team to create work that enriches our clients’ businesses. I am the recipient of the Hamilton/Halton Forty Under 40 Business achievement awards and in 2014 was honoured with the Business for the Arts Arnold Edinborough Award for exemplary leadership and volunteerism in the arts. In addition to my work with KITESTRING, I’m an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and give back by donating my support, time and expertise to a wide range of arts-based causes, charitable, and not for profit organizations. I’m a board member and current vice chair of Culture for Kids in the Arts. I’m a columnist for BIZ Magazine and Hamilton Business in the Hamilton Spectator, co-hosts the My Better Business Half podcast, and a frequent lecturer at Mohawk College, McMasterUniversity, and more.
I grew up in Essex County (Kingsville) and moved to London in 2002. I moved to Hamilton in 2004 for a job. And I fell in love!
Where do you live?
I live in the Durand Neighbourhood. This is the first area I looked at when I moved to the city and I instantly fell in love with it. The location is perfect. Just seconds from the Go train and minutes from any restaurant my tummy desires. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood, so much so, that there is a movie or TV show being filmed here at any given time.
If you don’t want to fall in love with the city you live in, don’t move to Hamilton.
What resources were helpful to you in making your decision to move here?
Before I moved here I got myself a few Hamilton Spectators. I could tell there was already something happening in Hamilton. And I wanted to be a part of that.
What resources do you WISH you’d had access to that would have helped?
What things surprised you the most about Hamilton? Good & Bad
What surprised me the most was how easy it was to get involved and make a difference. Every voice is heard. And every voice is important to the change and success of the city.
What advice do you have for anyone considering a move to Hamilton?
If you don’t want to fall in love with the city you live in, don’t move to Hamilton. Because you WILL get bit by the love bug. And you’ll fall hard!
What are your favourite places and things to do around the city?
Of all the things going on Hamilton these days – what are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about the people of Hamilton. Everyone is passionate about something. And eveyone is turing that passion into good. Whether it’s a new business opening or a fundraiser for a local charity. Passion is what sets this city apart.