Chris attributes much of his success to his Italian upbringing and the principles and discipline taught to him by his parents and grandparents who instilled in him a tremendous work ethic and a belief that he could achieve anything through commitment and hard work. His mother passed away when he was just 15, but left a lasting legacy of kindness, strength and generosity.
Chris Salamone is the Chairman and CEO of Aventus Capital Holdings, a private family office and investment firm that identifies, directs and manages investments in private equity and venture capital opportunities in a variety of industries including healthcare, technology, aviation, food production/processing, entertainment, mining, real estate development and construction. He is also the Managing Partner of Salamone Law Group and Salamone & Associates, which provide legal and business consulting services.
After graduating from Saint Anselm College with a BA degree in Economics, Mr. Salamone began his business career in banking, accepting a position in Chase Bank’s prestigious management training program. He went on to attend Nova Southeastern University Law School where he earned a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and graduated 3rd in his class receiving Magna Cum Laude and Law Review honors. He has been a licensed attorney for over 30 years, specializing in the areas of complex commercial litigation, business transactions and deal structure.
A lifelong entrepreneur and true “coach” at heart, Mr. Salamone is one of the nation’s foremost experts on next generation leadership. He founded and built several successful national and international education and leadership training companies including LeadAmerica, the National Student Leadership Conference, the National Institute for Legal Education, and the BarBri Pre-Law Prep Program. Over one hundred-thousand students from more than 50 countries have attended these training programs. His educational businesses were featured in national and local news shows and newspapers including The Sunday Today Show, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, The Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, Las Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The National Law Journal, Washingtonian Magazine and US News and World Report.
A gifted speaker and trainer, Mr. Salamone has delivered leadership and motivational keynote speeches for businesses, student groups, non-profits and civic organizations, inspiring audiences to reach their potential and achieve their dreams. He has spoken at the New Hampshire Institute for Politics and universities across the country including Stanford, Harvard, the University of Texas, Columbia, and Georgetown . As an experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Salamone taught trial advocacy skills at Loyola Law School in Chicago and served on the teaching faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Salamone is the author of two books. Rescue America – a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon Best-Seller, co-authored with Professor Gilbert Morris – examines the historical, philosophical and leadership principles upon which America was founded. He also co-authored the Law School Companion (Random House), a law school success guide.
Mr. Salamone served on the Ambassadors Board at Nova Southeastern University as well as the International Advisory Board for Bentley University. He served as special advisor to the Landfall Centre for Finance, Trade & International Affairs and to the former Chairman of TC Invest, the National Investment Agency of Turks and Caicos, and was part of the original ownership group and member of the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Outlaws AFL football team.
Mr. Salamone currently serves on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations including the Symphony of the Americas, Friendship Force International, the National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA), the Italian Cultural Society of Florida (il Circolo), and Above & Beyond Youth Ministries. In 2016 he was honored by the Symphony of the America’s with their annual “Style and Substance” Award.
Mr. Salamone is a quiet philanthropist who believes in giving back, donating his time and money to a variety of worthy causes. For more than a decade, his direct financial support has provided for the education of more than 300 Haitian children each year, including all funding for school facilities, teachers, books, and school supplies. Each year he also donates scholarship funds to deserving students at his alma mater, Saint Anselm College, and recently provided a legacy gift to the college. Mr. Salamone attended Saint Anselm on a full basketball scholarship and was a 2-time recipient of the Al Grenert Leadership Award recognizing his leadership on and off the court. In February 2020, the College dedicated the Salamone Family Athletic Hall of Fame in his honor.
Mr. Salamone attributes much of his success to his Italian upbringing and the principles and discipline taught to him by his parents and grandparents who instilled in him a tremendous work ethic and a belief that he could achieve anything through commitment and hard work. His mother passed away when Chris was just 15, but left a lasting legacy of kindness, compassion and generosity.