Chris French

Investment Advisor

Plott & French Financial Advisors
104 Wadsworth Street
Radford, VA 24141

Chris grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia. He attended New York University’s Stern School of Business, where in 2005 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in General Accounting. Upon graduation, Chris joined Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Banking in New York as part of their Investment Strategy and Special Projects group. In 2007, Chris was promoted to an Officer and joined the Corporate Investment Management Group of the bank as a credit analyst monitoring approximately $300 million of the bank’s leveraged loan investments across a number of industries including Transportation, Utilities, Chemicals, Mining and Energy. In 2009, Chris became a CFA® Charterholder after completing a rigorous graduate level finance and ethics curriculum.

In 2010, Chris helped form the bank’s New York Specialty Finance Department (SFD), focused on banking opportunities in Project Finance, Aircraft Finance, Export Finance. From 2010 to 2014, Chris helped grow the bank’s SFD investments from $0 to $2 billion, making the group the fastest growing and second most profitable department in the bank’s Americas business. Chris was promoted to Vice President in 2011 and traveled to Tokyo in 2012 to accept the Bank President’s Award in 2012 for expanding the bank’s overseas Project Finance business. 

In late 2014, Chris and his wife moved back to Virginia where he joined Plott & French Financial Advisors.  He focuses on providing innovative wealth management solutions to small business owners, affluent individuals, and families dealing with complex financial issues. Chris is an active member of the CFA Institute and New York Society of Security Analysts.  Chris lives with his wife, Tawana, and their two golden retrievers in Blacksburg, Virginia. In his spare time, Chris enjoys travel, photography, and following college and professional sports.