Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Chris
Hennessy has been living and working in Northern
California as an independent filmmaker, video producer,
author, motivational speaker and professional
storyteller since 1990.
Chris learned lightning-fast, ad-lib comedy and
charismatic entertaining by watching his NYCPD father in
action. Even though his dad never performed on stage,
Chris insists that he was as funny and well-spoken as
the best professional comics and actors of his time.
Chris was a High School All-American Track & Field
Athlete (800 meters), and Full Scholarship
athlete-graduate of Rice University, Houston, Texas. An
admitted ad-lib-aholic, Chris also graduated from the
San Francisco Improv Comedy College in 2009.
All Chris planned on doing was filming his first two
toddlers in 1986 when he picked up a video camera for
the first time. But he immediately became addicted to
telling powerful stories with it. Chris quit his job as
a sales & marketing rep. in 1990, and without even a
film or video class under his belt, founded Custom Video
As CEO and founder - his Custom Video Connection
provides a complete package of film-creation services.
Chris himself can produce, write, direct, do camera,
host, interview and edit an entire film project. He also
consults customers on how to market and promote the
films and videos he produces. His most recent clients
include some pretty heavy hitters such as Google,
Kaiser, Office Max, eBay, Deloitte, KGO 810am Radio San
Francisco, Four Seasons Hotel, Zumba, Silver Creek
Valley Country Club, The American Cancer Society and
Chris has seen his movies receive several million
internet views. Talk about going viral! The short
trailer film he produced to support “Touched By Hannah,”
won an award at the 2016 IndieFest Global film
Chris’ next book, “Conquer Your Confidence.” “Ten Steps
to a Confident, Successful Personal and Business life,”
will be completed in late 2021.
Chris’ favorite thing to do outside work is spending
quality time with his wife Betsy and daughter Hannah.
He’s also addicted to performing improv comedy - and is
used to leaving folks laughing and inspired wherever he
goes. He runs regularly on the elliptical at In-Shape
Gym and walks several miles a week with his dog, Piper.
Chris enjoys coaching Hannah’s sports teams, perfecting
his secret french toast and other breakfast recipes, and
of course, working on his creative story-telling
Chris’ mission is to touch peoples lives by inspiring,
encouraging and entertaining as many people as possible
through his books, speaking engagements, and filmmaking