Chris Bentley | Founder, President, & CEO
Chris grew up in East Texas, graduating from high school in 1999. He immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served over 14 years. During that time, he completed 6 deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He was honorably discharged in December of 2013 for physically disabling injuries sustained during his last tour of duty in Afghanistan.
After leaving the Marine Corps, Chris joined G&P Land as a Land/Right of Way Agent acquiring easements and other land assets for one of the world’s leading midstream companies. It was there that he started to learn the ins and outs of the land business and began to appreciate the perspective of the landowners.
While working on the multi-billion dollar pipeline project for G&P Land’s client, Chris also worked part-time as a contractor for a mineral and royalty buying firm. He experienced a great deal of success working with mineral and royalty owners; however, he felt that this part of the industry severely lacked transparency and professionalism. Thus, Chris and Mary both quit their full time jobs and started Bellatorum Professional Services.
Chris earned his MBA from Rice University’s Jesse Jones Graduate School of Business in the Executive Program. Chris also holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the country and is located in Northfield, Vermont.
Chris and Mary have been married for 10 years. They have two sons, ages 8 and 7, and a Great Dane named Zena . Chris enjoys spending time with the family, fishing, coaching youth soccer, and pretty much any outdoor activity with the family.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” – James Thurber
Favorite Fiction: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Favorite Nonfiction: The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
Most interesting place(s) I’ve been: Czech Republic, Afghanistan, Iraq, & West Texas
Place(s) I’d like to go: Fiji, Alaska, & Argentina