Christopher G. Gunn is one of the personalities you can get to know on the business newsgroups and forums of our modern E-Ways (Electronic Highways). You'll find him working towards his dream of putting modems to work improving connectivity and boosting our economy by providing cost effective communications for all levels of entrepreneuring and business endeavors.
Chris grew up in Phoenix Arizona and you'll hear him say now and then, "My head may be in electronics and computers, but my seat is still back there somewhere in a saddle".
After retiring from twenty years in the U.S. Navy as a Radioman in 1979, he has continued expanding his writing, electronics, programming, and communication skills. One of the highlights of his Navy career was a Presidential Citation for saving the Navy two million dollars a year through his redesign of the Radioman 'A' school's self-paced curriculum. Average completion of the course went from eighteen weeks to less than twelve and the students reading comprehension increased four grade levels.
Following his retirement, he had a successful ten-year career as a technical writer before shifting back into communications. He completed freelance contracts for major companies like Cubic, General Dynamics, and NCR as well as many smaller companies. Frequently, while writing equipment manuals, he contributed innovative design changes and corrections for design deficiencies.
The BIZynet network and www.bizynet.com, which serves business people all over the World, are part of his efforts to achieve his goals. ShareGames is his software company. He's best known for his children's game programs but more recently modem, message, and web page applications. Chris holds the equivalent of a degree in electronics, computer science, and multimedia educational development but prefers building things in the virtual marketing world of today.
It started with BIZynet BBS about twenty-five years ago, a bulletin board system designed for on-line support of local businesses. Wandering through all the colorful menus, you can see where Chris enjoyed putting his artistic talents to work. The original BIZynet network created by Chris using Fido software, because of his frustration with the anti-business attitudes of the hobby networks, extended via long distance telephone connections to England, Hong Kong, Australia and other countries.
In making the transition to Internet, Chris began moderating newsgroups in the "biz" hierarchy. BIZynet now maintains the quality on the majority of the biz newsgroups as a public service and thereby assures their viability as marketing tools for its members. More products move via the biz.* newsgroups than all the rest of the 35,000 plus newsgroups. Much of that is due to the business and marketing advice Chris offers on the discussion groups. Instead of writing books, Chris extends his appreciative audience by responding to questions, one message at a time.
After moving to Taos, New Mexico in 1996, Chris became active with the La Plaza Telecommunity, a local non-profit Internet service. In 1997, was appointed to the Board of Directors to fill an empty position. In November of that year he was elected by the Members to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors. During his term, he assisted in increasing the subscribers from about 800 to over 2,000 users, in a rural county of less than 15,000 residents. He continued his commitment via E-Mail from Navarre, Florida where BIZynet was located. In 2005, Chris moved back to Questa, New Mexico.
Coordinating and managing BIZynet's international business network, moderating and providing advise on biz.general and the other biz newsgroups on Usenet, building web pages, and designing e-commerce solutions for BIZynet members keep him pretty busy but he always finds time to lend a helping hand when needed.