Employee Spotlight: Meet Chris Carbone, Sr. Industrial Designer

who is chris carbone?

The Empire Group has a rich and diverse internal culture due to our employees, and their various interests. Many of our employees come from creative backgrounds and have hobbies that may seemingly deviate from their daily roles, but add major inspiration and steam behind their work.  

For Chris Carbone, Senior Industrial Designer, the story is no different. From a young age, Chris has been driven for his love of three things: art, baseball, and fishing. Growing up with his artistic mother and skilled-craftsman father, he always knew that he wanted to pursue a creative path. While Chris originally believed he would be a Graphic Designer, that all changed his senior year of high school when his art teacher introduced him to Industrial Design.

Hi Chris!

Hi Chris!

Left to right: Liz (mother), Mike (father), Anthony (brother), Chris, Kara (girlfriend).

Left to right: Liz (mother), Mike (father), Anthony (brother), Chris, Kara (girlfriend).

hit it out of the park

It was all about Wentworth from that point on. Why Wentworth you ask? Because they have a great baseball team, offer an Industrial Design program, and the opportunity for Chris to think with his hands and creative side. Another reason? Chris’s identical twin brother, Anthony, was also enrolling in the program. They took the institute by storm.

Having two talented, driven, and dedicated parents inspired Chris and his brother to excel at Wentworth. “I cared a lot about my success in school,” says Chris, “it was all about baseball and classes.” This passion was clear to see between the involvement playing for the Wentworth Leopards all five years of the program, and excelling scholastically. The artistic and craftsmen influences in the Carbone household led the brother-duo to be at the top of their class, often assisting others in the program. “Knowing how to build things was an advantage in school. We [Chris and his brother] often ended up helping other students with projects,” something Chris enjoys – teaching others useful skills and best practices. 

Chris's hard work and passion for design translates into his work at the Empire Group today. He channels his creativity and wealth of knowledge to conceptualize and design high-quality pieces that exceed client expectations.

Learn more about Chris in our Q&A:

Q: What is your favorite thing about Empire Group?

Creating products that actually help multiple people with problems they have on a day-to-day basis.

Q: Do you have any hidden talents?

I can moonwalk.

Q: How would you describe the mission of Empire Group in your own words?

Our mission is to exceed clients’ expectations – to make clients excited about their products.

Q: What is your favorite movie line?

"I'm dropping the hammer!" Days of Thunder

Q: What are some of your favorite aspects of working with a complete in-house product development company on the internal Industrial Design team?

It’s nice having everything under one roof because it streamlines the process. Being part of the shop, you learn a lot. It makes the process so much smoother and quicker. You don’t have to worry about sending parts out and not knowing some of the limitations for design when it comes to prototyping.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I probably wanted to be a carpenter like my father, or a professional fisherman.

Chris with his impressive catch - 45 lb striped bass!

Chris with his impressive catch - 45 lb striped bass!

Q: What is the most interesting thing in the product development world right now?

I’d say it’s carbon printing. Just because the parts I’ve seen come off our machines are amazing.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Graduating college was a great achievement. Also, catching a 45 lb striped bass.

Q: What is your favorite part of being an Industrial Designer?

Learning. Because around here [Empire Group] we get such a diverse group of projects and clients, you’re constantly learning about problems that arise for them. It’s about learning the problems, and different industries. I also enjoy the collaborative environment, working with people on a daily basis. Everyone has different thoughts in product development, bouncing ideas off each other is great. I really enjoy learning from other people, and teaching others. I think I’d like to teach industrial design courses at some point.

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