After three years of formulating ideas with his longtime friend and business partner Jeff Pzena they formed Cotton Tree Lodge. It took them another three years until they opened the doors in December 2006. In August of 2019 Cotton Tree Lodge was sold to Kasey and Adam Van Tassell and their family.
Chris now resides in Mankato Minnesota with his wife Kristin (they met at Cotton Tree Lodge). Jeff and his wife, Tanya, live in New York City. Jeff has now turned all his attention to Cotton Tree Chocolate and is the owner of the Cotton Tree Chocolate factory in Punta Gorda as well as the Moho Chocolate Company.