Chris Basham is—for lack of a better term—a big deal. He joins KSA as Director of Federal Services, a newly developed service group. After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, Chris was offered several scholarships; one by the Air Force ROTC. After securing a slot as an Air Force pilot, Chris was presented with another life-altering opportunity he couldn’t refuse. The Air Force had launched a new member retention program that sought to improve the quality of life of its members by refining the spaces where they lived, worked, and played. Chris was already studying architecture through the ROTC scholarship program, so he joined the retention effort as the in-house architect, launching his career in architecture and governmental planning.
Chris received his master’s in engineering management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, then went on to serve in a number of military design and planning roles across the globe, from Louisiana to Spain. He went on to complete his active duty tenure in the Air Force as a Captain. He continued his military career as an Air Force Reserve Civil Engineering Officer for an elite internal Air Force design-build unit called RED HORSE (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron and Engineering). As a part of a “Nation Building” effort, Chris managed the design and construction of airfields, schools, and clinics in the Caribbean. In addition to his reserve duties, Chris launched his private sector career, planning and designing general aviation airports across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Mississippi. He continued his private sector career, working with architecture and engineering firms across the nation; leading and initiating their federal planning and design efforts. In the last 10 years, Chris has secured over $1 billion in new work for the firms he’s represented. “By offering a clear vision to the team, we can collaboratively define the goal and its trajectory,” Chris said thoughtfully. “Then we focus on making sure we don’t lose the dream while we’re in pursuit of it.”
Chris has an uncanny ability to explore and creatively dissect possible scenarios, then forge a viable plan and see it through to its completion. This kind of provision is why he’s been named one of the top planners in the nation by being elected into the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Certified Planners; a recent honor he’s deemed a ‘significant career validating event’. By breathing a spark of hope and excitement into everything he does, Chris makes things happen and helps others find and pursue their passions.
With mindfulness, readiness, and trusted teaming, Chris plans to create a practical, highly profitable federal services capability within KSA. He has over a decade of experience in design-build projects, totaling over $750 million. “Bottom line: I want to make us money and shine a positive light in the federal industry… and have fun doing it,” Chris said confidently.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chris to KSA, and we look forward to his contributions to the team,” President Mitch Fortner commented. “KSA established a goal of expanding our work for the federal government several years ago, and we believe Chris has the experience to help us make significant progress in this area. Chris has proven throughout his career that he has the background and the tenacity required to advance KSA in the federal marketplace. We also look forward to working with him to pursue and complete successful projects that fall within our other lines of business, such as the aviation, municipal, and facilities.”
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Architecture, TX #16820, 2000
NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) Certification, 1999
LEED Accredited Professional
American Institute of Certified Planners, 1988; College of Fellows (FAICP), 2012
Masters of Engineering Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1982
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Louisiana Tech University, 1979