Chris Scafario is the Chief Operating Officer at DVIRC. Working in Philadelphia and across the nation’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Chris supports the advancement of small to mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) and their supply chain through leading the design, implementation, and oversight of consulting services in operational excellence, top-line growth, and business management.
Shortly after joining DVIRC in 2007, Chris recognized the need to develop DVIRC’s Marketing & Sales practice, also known as Business Growth Services (BGS). Under his leadership, DVIRC’s BGS team has grown to become our largest business unit with over 160,000 project hours being delivered to more than 1,000 unique manufacturing firms from across the country and around the world.
Chris has been working vigorously to educate and advocate for MEP Centers throughout the national network to introduce urgency to their clients around pursuing strategies for innovation, technology integration, and topline growth. His contagious energy when sharing best practices for growing SMMs has made him a nationally recognized speaker, subject matter expert, and trusted advisor to organizations and economic development groups alike.
His expertise includes corporate strategy, operations management, innovation, branding, sales, marketing, and advanced technology research.
Prior to joining DVIRC, Chris was a partner in his family’s beverage business and went on to manage multimillion dollar product lines with industry-leading consumer goods companies such as Cadbury, Schweppes, and Philips Electronics.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an MBA from Thomas Jefferson University and is currently serving as co-chair of the economic development board in his hometown of Moorestown, NJ.
He is active in the car collector community and is passionate about bringing people together to do good. In 2012, he founded started his own charitable group, High Octane South Jersey, which was awarded the 2014 Charitable Partner of the Year by the Deborah Hospital Foundation and has gone on to donate over 20,000 toys and gifts to sick and needy children in southern New Jersey.