Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions



Christopher J. Derry


Christopher J. Derry

Chris Derry is the founder of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions.

Derry was raised in Van Wert, Ohio, where he graduated from high school in 1969. He is a 1973 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned a master’s in business administration in 1986 from Vanderbilt University.

Derry began his business career in Tiffin, Ohio, with Edward Jones in 1979. He moved to Bowling Green in 1982 to open a branch office for the firm and launched an additional 60 offices during the next five years. In 1988, he left Jones to found QuantumLeap, a company focused on coaching people and organizations, and sold it to a competitor in 1996. From 1996 through 2003, he represented institutional asset management firms to financial advisers in 10 Southern states and South America. He retired from that profession to form the Bluegrass Institute.

Derry and his wife, Nancy, live on a small farm outside Bowling Green.

Recent articles written by Christopher J. Derry

pdfsKentucky can't tax its way to prosperity
Taxing revenues instead of profits can only make companies think twice about setting up shop in Kentucky. [ Read More ]

pdfsGhost-ly statistics
Persistent supporters of Kentucky's faltering public-education system always seem to be on the prowl for statistics to support their lament that ''our children would be better educated if we just had more money.'' Such mythical journeys can easily be derailed by ''ghost statistics'' well-intended numbers that just don't exist. [ Read More ]

pdfsDon't take the bait
House legislators just passed a five-year ''revenue-neutral'' tax plan meant to jumpstart Kentucky's economy. Gov. Fletcher has expended a lot of time and energy trying to land this whopper, but he may just be hooked to the bottom! [ Read More ]

pdfsSeven Principles of Sound Public Policy for Kentucky
The ''Seven Principles'' are the basis for which state-based free-market think tanks approach public policy. They include founding ideas from our forefathers and basic precepts from economics. If they were better understood and followed by our policymakers, we'd be much freer, more productive and happier Kentuckians! [ Read More ]