Dr. Chris Turpin is a business executive and adjunct associate professor that founded HR Upfront in 2008 as a conduit between human resource knowledge and certification. The primary emphasis of HR Upfront is to deliver a quality human resource education. His system strengthens and enriches the core human resource competencies necessary for successful human resource professionals in today's business environment. The development of human resource competencies prepares human resource professionals to successfully pass the aPHR, PHR, and SPHR certification exam. 

Dr. Turpin's human resource, business, and operations experience in retail, manufacturing, and healthcare reaches over 35 years. He spent 16 years with Ukrop's Super Markets prior to joining the Virginia Eye Institute in 2000 and served in the roles of Director of Human Resources, Vice President of Human Resources and Operations, and Chief Experience Officer until 2019. Dr. Turpin is currently Chief Operating Officer at Virginia Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates.

Dr. Turpin is a local and national member of SHRM, ASTD, ASHHRA, Medical Group Management Association, American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives, board member on the Management Relations Committee with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and a previous board member of the Daily Planet, and currently an HR Committee Member with Crossover Ministry Clinic. He holds certification as a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources from HRCI, is a member of the Academy of Management, and has taught undergraduate and graduate human resource courses at the University of Richmond since 2002.

Dr. Turpin has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Richmond, Master's of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from American University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from The College of William and Mary. While at The College of William and Mary, his area of research was focused on human resources and organizational culture developing his dissertation to explore executive search firms’ consideration of person organization fit in college and university presidential searches.