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Chris Wagner SVP ’86, BS ’94
Chief Operating Officer, Custom Experience ZVRS
Co-chair, NTID 50th Anniversary Reunion
Staci Wagner BS ’92
Co-chair, NTID 50th Anniversary Reunion

Chris and Staci Wagner had some pretty big responsibilities as co-chairs of NTID’s 50th anniversary celebration committee. They recruited and led core team members as well as more than 200 volunteers involved in the event. They participated in nearly every aspect of the reunion weekend, from budgeting, to marketing, to event selection and planning, to overseeing accessibility issues.

Chris and Staci also traveled at their own expense to each of the 10 NTID 50th anniversary regional roadshow events leading up to the June 2018 on-campus celebration to help build excitement. The result: More than 4,000 alumni participated in the celebration.

Chris is chief operating officer, custom experience, for ZVRS, one of the nation’s leading video relay service providers. As a member of the ZVRS executive team, he has facilitated the hiring of more than 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing co-op students. Some have graduated and gone on to become full-time employees of the company.

He also helped launch the Next Big Idea competition, an annual innovation and entrepreneurship competition at NTID, which ZVRS sponsors.

Chris is a long-time chairperson of the NTID Foundation Board of Directors, a group of alumni, parents and friends that provides support to RIT/NTID. He also was a past regional chapter volunteer and a member of the NTID alumni chapter.

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