RALEIGH – Chris Bingham was appointed Entrepreneur in Residence at Campbell University on January 15, 2021. As a serial entrepreneur and benefit corporation (B-Corp) advocate, Bingham will support Campbell students and faculty in connecting them to mission driven organizations through guest speaking, internships, and partnerships.
Bingham must have been inspired by all those stories about entrepreneurs starting something in their garage, because that’s where he launched Riley Life Logistics in 2007. Over 12 years, through all sorts of struggles and triumphs both personally and professionally, Chris grew tremendously as a business owner. The business grew too — from the garage and that first client to occupying almost 250,000 square feet of space with hundreds of happy clients and about a hundred employees that stuck it out with him through some difficult days. They were leaders in fulfillment for nationally televised flash sales and fulfilled orders for some of the most exciting e-commerce brands in the world. While at Riley Life, Chris would say, “Some people are good at dunking basketballs, and others are good at packing products in boxes; I didn’t draw the same straw as Michael Jordan.”
While he’s still involved in the e-commerce logistics industry as founder of Ship Simply, he has more free time to give back in areas such as mentoring students.
“We’re excited Chris is supporting our entrepreneurship efforts, especially with our new minor in Social Entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Kevin O’Mara, Dean of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business. “His experience in building mission driven organizations will be key for our students. Whether students want to launch their own venture or simply join an existing mission driven organization, Chris has the experience and the connections to support them.”