Meet 3Points Analyst Chris Crisanti

What initially interested you about 3Points and working in public relations?

I’ve had a communications background since entering the University of Dayton as a declared journalism major in the fall of 2011. While at UD, I wrote for the student newspaper, The Flyer News, and was a part of Phi Beta Chi, a professional honors fraternity. So while my major eventually changed to political science, I still maintained an interest, and I completed minors in communications and journalism.

What has been your favorite project or memory at 3Points so far?

Aside from taking the office’s Super Smash Bros crown [Editor’s Note: we’re deeply sorry that we do not have video from the epic N64 showdown], I always enjoy our company outings. One in particular I really enjoyed was the Chicago architecture boat tour we took at the end of our summer intern’s stint in the office. I recommend it to anyone, even locals like myself. It gives a very informative and historical account of this city’s architectural background and is really interesting.

What type of coursework does a Master’s of Public Administration entail? And how does that translate into the work you’re doing now?

A Master’s of Public Administration degree (MPA) is a business degree for the public sector. Although coursework can vary depending on the cohort’s field of work, an MPA student’s core curriculum involves budgeting and financial management, economic analysis, statistics, organizational management, policy analysis, ethics, and principles of decision making. I paired my degree with a certificate in Informatics, so the bulk of my course load was quantitative and data-oriented in addition to those core classes.

You recently wrote an explainer on cryptocurrency for our blog — where do you personally see cryptocurrency going in the next five years?

The success or failure of cryptocurrency will ultimately depend on its utilization moving forward. The point of cryptocurrency is to eventually replace paper money, ushering in a new form of the monetary system. This depends on people not only buying coins, but buying into the concept as well. Right now, my hunch is that people are focused on the stock price and not on the commodity itself. This becomes a problem because there is a trust factor. Currencies only work because we give them utility and value based on our trust. Because cryptocurrency is such a fairly recent concept that requires many technological components in order for it to work, your average Joe may be skeptical of the innovation and will ultimately choose to forego actually using it. Even the CEOs of banks are skeptical of its future.

You’re a proud Brookfield native — apart from the famous Brookfield Zoo, what else do you recommend for visitors to do in your hometown?

Irish Times has been recognized as one of the best Irish Pubs in the state, let alone Chicagoland. They have the best shepherd’s pie in the game and it’s a great place to hold an event and connect with friends. The Brookfield Ale House is fairly new, but has a wide and eclectic selection of beverages to choose from and a chill atmosphere. Paisans Pizza is a top destination for pizza and food. They just renovated their restaurant and encourage residents and visitors to check it out. Upon porking out, a stroll through Kiwanis Park may do just the trick for getting some exercise in.

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