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Chris Ooten thrives in the fast-paced environment of Safe Harbor Development.  He brings over 20 years of experience in both commercial and residential real estate and development to the Safe Harbor team. As CEO he is at the helm of the overall management of Safe Harbor Development and other related companies including acquisitions, development, construction, operations, forecasting, and marketing.  

As Director of Real Estate for the Weigel family and Weigel's Stores managing, selling, and purchasing new store locations as well as family holdings, Chris gained valuable experience that would prepare him for his current role. He also worked for the Schaad Companies as their COO and the Metropolitan Planning Commission where he broadened his experience.  Chris has earned LEED certification from the Green Building Certification Institute and currently serves on the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission as a commissioner. 

Originally from Oak Ridge, he earned his BS Degree from ETSU with an option in city planning.