Sunday, November 4, 2018
Chris Gilinsky was born in Lakeview, Oregon- the highest city in the state of Oregon. Chris is the youngest of three children and says he was outgoing, loud and funny as a child due to moving around so often. His mom was a school teacher and his father an executive with Weyerhaeuser. They moved from Lakeview to Keno, Oregon and then to Hot Springs, AK. While in high school, the family moved to Springfield, Oregon. When his father got transferred to Mississippi, he agreed to let Chris stay behind to finish high school and be with the girl he loved. They ended up breaking it off and he ended up getting his GED in Mississippi! Chris has had many job experiences. He began as a fleet maintenance manager for US West Communications as a teenager. He later began working for Weyerhaeuser where he began with an entry-level position and advanced quickly. Chris also had the experience of being a professional paintball player! It was during this time that his son Brenden was born. Chris also lived in Reno, Nevada with his brother and worked in radio on-air as Jonny Hotnuts! The name came from a club in Mexico that his father had visited and told him about. Chris liked the name so much that at one point he almost legally changed his name. In 2002 Chris moved to Portland to get into a larger radio market. While waiting for this opportunity, he began working alongside his father who had retired from Weyerhaeuser and was now doing handyman work for property managers. He did this for a year when out of the blue, they received a call from UPS wanting to know if they could build a countertop. Chris has now worked for UPS for 14 years as an engineering consultant. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine that the phone call for a countertop would turn into his golden ticket. He not only has a dream job, but he was also able to work at it with his father for 12 years before he passed. He also met his wife Lori as a result of his job! When he met Lori, he immediately knew she was "the one" and they were engaged after one month of dating. They married in 2005 and their son Neal was born in 2010. They lived in Portland and then moved to Corbett in Dec. 2015. Friends encouraged them to move to the area and they now absolutely love the community! Brenden came to live with them in May 2018 and the family of four have a dog named Ginger that is almost 13 years old. Chris began playing the guitar at age 15 and now loves to design his own guitars in his spare time! The family enjoys watching movies at home and traveling. They have been to Spain, France, Portugal, England and Rome. Next trip? Australia and New Zealand.