Staff Spotlight – Chris Hunter
This month on the WESST blog, we are featuring Farmington Regional Manager Chris Hunter. We hope you enjoy learning about WESST, our clients, and the great services we offer through our blog post series.
What made you want to come work for WESST?
WESST is all about client service in pursuit of a mission. So am I! WESST’s very reason for being energizes me. I’m privileged to be part of the WESST team that helps clients from all walks of life start and grow businesses. The businesses we serve provide the economic livelihoods for their hard working owners, employees and their families. That makes a crucial difference to their quality of life while strengthening our nation’s economic backbone of small businesses.
What was your very first job?
I’m not sure I remember. I know that even as a young teenager I was always working two or three jobs on a part-time basis. My favorite job prior to graduating from college was serving as a dishwasher at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. The opportunity to work hard with other students and the cooks and kitchen workers from the town set the stage for me to work with Bill Peters – our Culinary Institute of America-trained executive chef. Bill taught me how to do quality institutional cooking and serve as his assistant chef for the Kansas City Chiefs summer training camps that were held at the college.
What’s your favorite part of working here?
Without doubt, it’s working with clients. A very close second is working with my valued WESST colleagues. Any given month, I serve between 20-25 clients — many of whom have been a WESST client since I signed onto the WESST team in April 2013. I’m always interested in finding ways to help clients cost-effectively build better businesses. I love quietly celebrating when I see a client put new and better business practices into action and share with others what they’ve learned. At heart, I believe the best business consultants are also teachers.
What do you do when you’re not working?
Life is very full when working and almost as full when not working. I love downhill skiing, computer programming, reading and shooting landscape photography with my wife Katie of 32 years and my Nikon D750. I also enjoy teaching in the graduate business school program at New Mexico Highlands University on the topics of oil company financial analysis and international energy economics. Katie and I are active at our church, and on a Sunday afternoon, one may find me snoozing in my hot tub.
What do you wish people knew about WESST?
I tell people in Farmington that there’s a whole lot more to WESST than Chris Hunter and the small office he occupies at San Juan College. WESST runs one of the state’s largest business incubators and a digital media studio that’s the envy of the industry. We have six offices statewide staffed with some of the most dedicated, skilled and passionate business advisors found anywhere. We’re good. We’re affordable. We help businesses grow and prosper!