Christopher Ralston is a native of Chicago, Illinois and an expert in retail marketing and management. He spent the first 10 years of his career managing General Growth Properties shopping centers in Houston TX, Chicago, IL and Washington DC. For his work managing the Grand Opening of the sprawling Woodlands Mall in Houston, Texas, Christopher received the MAXI award, the retail industry’s highest marketing award. Christopher was featured numerous times in USA Today as an expert in his field and has traveled nationally speaking on the subject of portfolio management. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Retail Federation.
He moved to the Washington DC area in 1997 to manage the elegant Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia and then later launched CDR Group, a retail management-consulting firm. Sensing the expansion of the 7th Street Arts District, Christopher secured a prime real estate opportunity and in 1999 opened Apartment Zero with Douglas Burton.
Christopher is also a recurring designer on the popular HGTV program “Curb Appeal” where he can be seen 8 times over the past few years collaborating with Washington DC metro homeowners as they reconstruct, renovate and redesign the exteriors of their homes. See examples of his work, such as “Beach Theme For Country House”, “Contemporary Suburban” and more at www.hgtv.com.
Christopher travels internationally to conduct management seminars and to foster relationships between local venues in the U.S. and international contemporary designers.