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When Christopher Lacy ‘88 attended Penn State he received three fraternity bids. But it was the brothers at Sigma Chi who ultimately won him over.  Why?

The people.

“The brothers at Sigma Chi were significantly better people than the other houses rushed,” said Christopher.

Among the countless hours spent with his brothers on campus, two experiences stick out in his mind. Read more to find out what they were.

“The first is Initiation,” said Christopher. “I have never experienced anything so wonderful and meaningful in my life. I relive it all the time. The second is how brotherhood does not end with graduation. In fact, being a Sigma Chi continues to pay dividends through professional and personal interactions in one’s post-graduate life.”

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, Christopher worked for several international construction agencies. Beginning his career in New York City, his ties to Sigma Chi never helped land him a job, but his connection to the fraternity allowed him to secure multiple multi-million dollar projects over the years.

“I have always been proud to be a Sigma Chi and whenever I can bring this fact into a conversation I do. It is because of my being a Sigma Chi, projects did sometimes fall my way.”

In 2008, Christopher packed up his family and traded New York City for the San Francisco Bay Area, where he currently resides. There, he started a small general contracting company. After two years of success, an international real estate company asked him to run west coast construction operations. After two more years of managing this group, Christopher decided it was time to retire from corporate life in 2013.

Although he said goodbye to the corporate world, Christopher still keeps himself busy in his community. He and his wife created a boutique construction and redevelopment company that renovates historic homes with modern amenities, while not jeopardizing the historic nature of the home. They also own a small marina and a ranch, which holds an animal sanctuary and adoption facility.

Even though Christopher resides thousands of miles away from Penn State, he still feels extremely connected to the fraternity.

“I went back to the house for the Penn State v. Michigan game last year and was immediately invited into our domicile by Jackson Fitzgerald, who was Consul at the time,” explained Christopher. “He was walking out the door as I walked up and he changed his plans to show me around and introduce me to the current undergraduate brotherhood.  His hospitality was proof that being a Sigma Chi is an everlasting thing. “

During that visit, he also reconnected with brothers who he had not seen in years. Keeping in touch with many brothers on Facebook and LinkedIn, Christopher added, “I treasure my friendships and it is nice to know I have made many in Sigma Chi over the years.”

Being a Sigma Chi helped Christopher discover who he was and who he wanted to be and the brotherhood permeates both his personal and professional life.

“I was always sure to ensure my discourse and interactions with others brought no tarnish to Sigma Chi, my family or my career.”

Between traveling across the world with his wife and taking care of his college-age sons, Christopher is a stellar example as to what it means to be a Sigma Chi. He is looking forward to attending the Penn State v. Ohio State game again this season to reconnect with brothers, both old and new.