Chris Allen also known as Dr. Yo-Yo is the owner Brand Manager for MonkeyfingeR Design.
Chris has been yo-yoing since the mid-80s and received his nickname of Dr. Yo-Yo in the late 90s while working at a toy store. Kids would bring him broken yo-yos and he would fix them for free (string, bearing, axle, etc) and organically, he was being referred to as Dr. Yo-Yo. The name stuck, and before long Chris was being called Dr. Yo-Yo everywhere. After a while, Chris moved to a position managing a yo-yo store called YoYo Connection. During this time, Chris performed at a few schools and malls with the SoCal division of Team High Performance, and assisted in teaching classes. In 2000 Chris later took over as lead of a yo-yo club Stockton called Team T.O.Y.S (The Order of Yo - Stockton), but disbanded the club once yoyoers started focusing on Pokémon the Card Game.
Chris assisted with the setup a temporary Yo-Yo Museum in Lodi in 2002. From 2002- 2007, Chris served in the US Air Force and completed his college degree in Information Technology. After completing school in late 2007, Chris founded YoYoSkills.com, a retired news aggregate site that published product reviews, photographs, yo-yo videos and yo-yo news. In 2015 Chris transferred ownership of YoYoSkills.com to YoYoSam.com who operates it to this day.
In 2009 Chris took over the management and event planning for the California State Yo-Yo Championship, setting the modern day contest precedent for large cash prizes at $1000. The California State Yo-Yo Championship would also set the standards for live multi-cam video streaming (2010), live stream commentary (2010), and division prelims held simultaneously off stage as division finals. During this time Chris was also on the AYYA Board of Directors.
In 2010, Chris was awarded the National Achievement Award by the National Yo-Yo Museum, an honor that dates back to 1998, for his hard work in both online yo-yo media and yo-yo contest reform.
In 2011, Chris was awarded a world record for "Worlds Largest Handheld Yo-Yo" by RecordSetters after publishing the video to youtube.
In 2012, Chris invented a yo-yo themed card game called "Throw" which met some success. Chris also founded Operation: Green Triangle after the global yo-yo community uncovered misappropriation of charitable funds by Vs Newton's founder Heath Vizier. Operation: Green Triangle raised $3000 for Cancer relief and research. Chris also approached the owners of the remaining operators at YoYoNation which had shut down in 2011, and took ownership of the forum to preserve years of historical threads and data.
In 2013 Chris handed off the California State Yo-Yo Championship and shut down YoYoSkills.com in order to focus more on his family. During this time the Allen family took courses, certification, and training for Foster Care adoption resulting in the foster care and eventual adoption of two children.
In 2014 Chris took over as Brand Manager for MonkeyfingeR Design. Since taking over, Chris has changed the marketing direction of MFD and pushed for the competitive modernization of the MFD designs. redesigning the classic Gelada into the Gelada 2, and designing the Caesar,
- YoYoSkills Founder / Editor
- YoYoExpert Forum Administrator
- YoYoNation Forum Owner / Administrator
- AYYA Board of Directors Member
- California State Yo-Yo Championship Event Organizer 2009 - 2013
- National Yo-Yo League Merit Award 2010
- Throw - The Yo-Yo Card Game - Inventor