ABOUT THE TRIP
In the summer of 2015, 29-year-old New York native Chris Strub traveled the United States to volunteer with youth-related organizations nationwide. Chris accomplished this goal without a sponsor, funding the trip out of pocket. His journey spanned 100 days -- from May 15 to Aug. 21 -- and he became the first man to SnapChat and live-stream in all 50 U.S. states. The journey was covered by more than 35 mainstream news outlets around the U.S., including FOX 5 New York, the Lowell Sun, 6ABC in Philadelphia and more. Following his trip, Chris moved to upstate New York to write a book, "50 States, 100 Days: The Book," which is available now. Chris spoke twice at Summit Live 2016 in San Francisco (on a panel and solo; get the HQ streams here) about his innovative use of social media for social good, and is available for additional speaking engagements in 2016. Chris is currently working with Humana in Louisville, Ky.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
(50 States, 100 Days: The Book) allowed me to ride shotgun with Chris Strub, who has one of the biggest hearts of our generation. Strub's journey across America was nothing short of amazing, and the fact that he did with a purpose - to help nonprofit organizations and spread the word about their missions - makes it that much more meaningful. The links within the book to see the social media content he created while on the road are helpful because they take you back to that very moment when he met these men, women and kids and was sharing their stories. His story is the stories of nonprofits in all 50 states working to make tomorrow better by investing in tomorrow's leaders. The book is lighthearted and fun, but it also opens your eyes to the hardships of some of our youth... and the incredible things nonprofits, like the ones Strub visited, are doing to make their lives and futures a little brighter. -- Kris Gillentine, Director of Public Relations, Drive West Communications and founder of #ChatSnap, the weekly Twitter chat about SnapChat || Get The Book
Chris Strub is a rare gem. When he volunteered with our organization he was open, accessible, and so friendly to our teens. ... I cannot thank Chris for enough for his compassion and caring he brings into this world. He is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. ... If you have the opportunity to work along side or with Chris you should consider yourself blessed and you will not have a dull moment. -- Kim Spurzem, Director of Youth Programs, NCBI Missoula || Missoulian: Volunteer marks halfway point with work in Missoula
Chris was instrumental in helping the Greater Binghamton Chamber launch its Social Media Seminar. He is so well-versed in this subject matter and so well-spoken. He has the ability to draw in the audience and keep them engaged in the topic. He was a tremendous asset to our series of seminars--we were lucky to have him! -- Debby Evans, Project Coordinator, Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce
EXTENDED INTERVIEWS WITH CHRIS
All times listed are EST
Chris Strub on LiveStream Stars - #AskTheExpert with Ross Brand, Nov. 3, 2016, 7 p.m. (LINK TO COME)
Chris is a 2007 graduate of Binghamton University with an extensive background in storytelling. From 2006 to 2012, Chris worked as a copy editor, digital editor, spot reporter, photographer and columnist at the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton. Chris spent one year as the Area Manager for DealChicken.com, a daily deals website powered by Gannett, followed by two years as the Social Media Director at Ad Elements. Chris counts Brian Fanzo, Geoff Golberg, Joe Wilson, Dan Gingiss, Mark Kaye and Blake Croft among his biggest influences. Chris currently lives in Louisville, Ky.