We Are ALPOLIC: Meet Chris Alvares
From Delaware to Maine, architectural sales manager Chris Alvares has worked on façades in some of the nation’s largest cities and smallest towns. With 30 years in manufacturing sales in glass, aluminum, and ALPOLIC metal composite materials for the last 11 years, he is incredibly comfortable with fabricators, roofers, and glass shops and can speak authoritatively with the architectural community.
Born and raised in Providence, RI and a graduate of Providence College, Chris has a great love for the smallest state. Having traveled extensively, he is contentedly nested back home surrounded by “the best beaches and freshest seafood in the world.” His earnest enthusiasm and affability have earned him some great friendships in the design-build community and at ALPOLIC as well. He gravitated to ALPOLIC because of its distinguished reputation for quality and notes that the brighter, wider selection of finishes paired with the small minimum run production afford his customers the best results and flexibility the Northeast needs.
His decades in fenestration and cladding make him uniquely qualified for navigating complicated façade challenges. Years of working in the restaurant business honed Chris’ natural disposition to facilitate and form connections. It sets him apart; so, when he walks through the doors of an architectural firm, he can anticipate needs and recommend solutions.
Often, his network of qualified fabricators plays a large part in his role as a sales manager. “Fabricators are invaluable. Truly, we have to partner with them. The experienced ones are essential, and I can help bring the right fabricator to the opportunity at hand.” But, as Chris explains, it’s important to look for markers of a quality shop, such as those using a CNC router and who have tested systems. Chris says he believes such levels of qualification are a vital consideration in the sales process.
A consummate professional, Chis is attentive and has a calming presence. A dedicated family man, he also enjoys traveling, has a sophisticated culinary palette, and a number of fascinating stories to share over a good cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine. If you’re lucky enough to catch him in New England, he’ll be sure to recommend a great place.