Tony Jones, Executive Director, Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership

Tony Jones has been the executive director of MCIP since 2008. Tony has been involved in small business development for the last 15 years in the Portland, Oregon region.  He ran a contractor development and training program through the Housing Development Center, conducted business lending with Craft 3 (Formerly Shorebank Enterprise Cascadia) and has been the director of MCIP for four years. His prior experience includes construction supply sales and real estate development. Tony has built relationships with numerous agencies and small businesses throughout the region. Tony holds a bachelor’s in political science from Rutgers University and a master’s in urban planning from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Chris Cross, Contractor Development Manager, Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership 

Chris Cross has a degree in architecture from MIT. He has over 20 years of experience running his own residential / solar construction business in Massachusetts. He moved to Portland in 1998 where he has managed the development and construction of 9 projects totaling 88 units of low income housing, managed the Deconstruction Program at the Rebuilding Center for 4 years and estimated and managed over $15 million in Portland commercial tile sales. Chris joined MCIP this year and provides contractor support services including workshops on plan reading, estimating, sales and marketing and general business management, as well as one on one advice and support services.