Dr. Chris Mullis, PhD, CFP®

How I got here:

“My approach began far from the realm of finance with a career trajectory spanning academia, the private sector, and five continents. Initially my research was put to use in my own personal situation. As others found value in what I had learned and shared, a business was born. I founded the NorthStar group in 2006. Together we built a wealth management firm dedicated to applying the academic principles of behavioral finance and investment management to help families make strong financial decisions.”

Favorite part of the job:

“I enjoy learning about people, especially what drives and concerns them. I find real satisfaction in simplifying the financial lives of interesting people to help them live their best lives.”


Providence Day School, Board of Trustees (Chair 2018-2021; Trustee 2014-2021)
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Board of Directors (2016-2020)
CAAC Stewardship Foundation, Endowment Fund Manager (2020-present)


University of Hawai’i, M.S. (Astronomy; 1996) and Ph.D. (Astronomy; 2001)
University of Virginia
, B.A. with Highest Distinction (Physics & Astronomy; 1994)

Beneath the surface:

Chris is a native Charlottean. He lives in the Queen City with his wife Rita and two children. When he’s not busy being a father, Chris volunteers with science outreach. He enjoys giving public lectures, visiting schools, and organizing hands-on demonstrations to promote awareness and understanding of science.  

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