March 1984 - Lou Canonico, PE, Comes Aboard and Helps Open christopher’s First Branch Office, Located in Loudoun County
“I was working for Loudoun County and actually reviewing plans that christopher submitted for projects. This meant I got to know Chris Brown and Bill Goldsmith well through the plan submission process. I was impressed with the quality of plans the company produced and also with both Chris and Bill. When I decided to leave the County, Chris got word I was looking for a job and asked for a meeting. One thing led to another and he offered me a job with the understanding that I would not work on Loudon County projects for at least a year as we both felt strongly it was the right thing to do.
Once I was hired, Chris and Bill asked me to take over the firm’s two active Maryland projects. I spent the first year working on those projects and learning the process in Maryland which was quite different than what I was used to in Virginia.
I was basically ‘in charge’ of the new Loudoun County office, but still a Project Manager. We opened with five people in March of 1985 and focused on Loudoun projects. Chris Brown spent a lot of time visiting me in Loudoun and making sure I could handle things! The office grew very quickly as we added field and office survey personnel to our team of engineers.”
Lou Canonico still works for christopher as a Land Use Specialist, focusing his time on Loudoun County.