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Chris Hatch

Regional Communications Director
Chris Hatch

Chris Hatch is Regional Communications Director for the United States Small Business Administration Mid-Atlantic Region, where he applies 26+ years of government, not-for-profit and commercial journalism, public relations and marketing experience to internal and external communications strategies for the only government agency specifically created to help 96% of all American businesses.  He is also a published author and entrepreneur.

Chris joined SBA in June 2013 after serving as Congressional & Public Affairs Specialist for the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES) in Philadelphia, where he coordinated strategies to meet the organization’s outreach needs while synchronizing messages with “Big Navy” requirements and goals by leveraging relationships with the media, government, academia and industry.

Chris graduated from the Department of Defense Information School (DINFOS) in 1990 and began his career as a Broadcast Public Affairs Specialist with the Air Force in Turkey.  His active-duty career took him across the Middle East, Africa and Europe.  He was stationed with the Marine Corps at al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield/Storm and later found himself in and out of Sarajevo during Operation Provide Promise and in Tuzla during Operation Joint Endeavour as an Air Force News Joint Information Team reporter.  He returned to Saudi Arabia several times between 1995 and 1997 including his coverage of the 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing.  During his eight years of military service, Chris achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and earned the Joint Service Commendation, Joint Service Achievement and Air Force Achievement medals in addition to several unit commendations and campaign & service medals.  He was also Air Force European Broadcasting Service’s Airman of the Year for 1993.

After the Air Force, Chris headed the NBC-15 Northwest Florida News Bureau, and was lead reporter for the station’s weekend newscasts.  Chris later created the position of Public Information Officer for the City of Mobile, Alabama’s Office of Special Events where he designed communications plans for not-for-profit events, including: Brownbag in Bienville; Mobile International Festival; the 2001 USA Track & Field Fall Cross Country Nationals; and First Night Mobile.  He also handled advertising and marketing for the University of South Alabama Career Services Office, and wrote opinion columns for the USA Vanguard.

Chris is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of South Alabama, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications – PR Track.  He also has an Associate’s Degree from the Community College of the Air Force, and is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force’s Airman Leadership School. Chris is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Philadelphia Chapter where he once served as an Executive Committee Member-at-Large of the Government Section; and serves as a mentor and judge with PRSA Philadelphia’s Nancy Bacher Long PR Institute.