Leadership

Chris Walters

Chris WaltersSenior Vice President

Chris brings nearly 20 years of integrated marketing experience to his role at Magrino, where he oversees strategy and creative program development for travel, hospitality, and real estate clients. A California native, his love affair with hotels started with a PR post at the buzzy Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Since then, a diverse mix of in-house and agency roles have shaped his innate ability to move outside PR’s traditional silos to achieve the win, having honed a deep passion and expertise in digital campaigns, influencer relations, consumer activation, and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Magrino Chris held senior positions with Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Pernod Ricard USA, and NJFPR, where he served as managing director. There his leadership led to double-digit growth while driving client solutions and bottom-line results for top agency accounts like Canyon Ranch wellness resorts, Gansevoort Hotel Group, and Proper Hotels & Residences. Award-winning campaign work includes iStar’s multibillion-dollar redevelopment of Asbury Park and the launch of The Asbury hotel, as well as corporate initiatives like Westin Hotels & Resorts’ global Well-Being Movement, along with countless other launches and openings across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
 
A self-proclaimed travel junkie, his fascination with travel and culture is lifelong, sprouting from a tour as a professional dancer that took him to 20 countries and more than 100 islands in just two years. Equally zealous about NYC, he spends his free time biking the bridges and supporting the arts.