Chris McKinnon and Elyse Brown are getting married!

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Elyse is a senior at the University of Florida, majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering, with minors in Sales Engineering and Business Administration. She will be graduating in May. Elyse enjoys her major because it deals with efficiency and improving processes, which she finds to be very practical. She has accepted an offer for a full time Industrial Engineering position in Six Sigma/Quality Control at Schlumberger in Lawrence, Kansas. She and Chris will be moving to Kansas in July, just after they get married!

Elyse grew up in New Port Richey, Florida and lived there until she graduated from high school in 2004 and began attending the University of Florida. Elyse attended First Baptist Church of New Port Richey her whole life and her relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing to her, followed by her family, and finally academics. She met Chris when his dad became the Minister of Music at FBC in 2001 and their family moved to New Port Richey.

Elyse loves to be outside playing sports, fishing, and hanging out at the beach. She likes to stay active by bike riding, playing racquetball, or going to the gym. Elyseís education is very important to her and she works hard to learn as much as she can and have good grades. She has been involved outside of school in student organizations such as the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, and Campus Crusade for Christ. Elyse is also a member of Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville, and has found a loving and supportive church family there, especially through her Sunday school class and college ensemble.

Elyse is looking forward like crazy to marrying Chris McKinnon and beginning this new phase of their lives together.

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Chris is a recent graduate from the University of Florida, where he majored in Marketing and minored in Entrepreneurship. He has owned his own business, Trifecta Agencies, since he was 16 years old. The company began as Automotive Marketing, but has since expanded its market to be described as business solutions. This includes marketing and promotions for any company or anybody, from items like business cards, flyers, websites, and logo design. Chris is a very talented artist and graphic designer and can make anything look good.

Chrisí dad is a Southern Baptist Minister of Music and Chrisí family moved around several times as he was growing up. He was born in Ashland, Alabama, but was only 6 weeks old when they moved to Griffin, Georgia. Next, they moved to Montgomery, Alabama, then to Ocala, Florida where they spent a few years, and spent a short 6 months in Lexington, Georgia. They then lived in Boca Raton, Florida for 7 years where Chris attended 3rd-9th grades. He lived in Augusta, Georgia for 10th grade and finally moved to New Port Richey in 2001 where he met Elyse!

Chris received his Associate of Arts degree from Pasco-Hernando Community College before attending the University of Florida for his junior and senior years. Elyse was in her sophomore and junior years at that time and they have many fond memories of UF, especially going to Gator football games, playing racquetball at the student rec center, and hanging out with their friends from school and church.

Chris graduated from UF this past December and is now running Trifecta Agencies from his office in New Port Richey. When he and Elyse move in July he will expand the business to Kansas. Chris loves Elyse so much and is counting the days until their wedding.

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