About Chris Hunter

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Chris HunterChris Hunter, MBA

Chris’ combination of academic credentials, career experience and temperament ideally suit his calling as a business development consultant. Clients say he has a mind for business and a heart for service.

Corporate Career Experiences

Following a period of market research and business plan development, Chris launched Cornerstone Business Solutions, L.L.C. in 2001 to serve clients wishing to build a better business. This followed a 20-plus year corporate career in 1981 that started with a seven-year stint in the finance and investor relations department of Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) in Albuquerque.

PNMWhile at PNM, he was involved in raising over $1 billion in capital financing for the construction of Unit 4 of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station and the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station near Phoenix. He also was instrumental in forming PNM’s investor relations department — the team responsible for building better understanding between the company and its institutional and retail debt and equity investors.

PacifiCorp LogoRecruited in 1987 to Portland, Oregon-headquartered PacifiCorp, he worked in a number of increasingly responsible investor relations and strategic planning capacities until 1996. (PacifiCorp, a much larger utility than PNM, serves the electric energy needs of 1.5 million customers in six western states through its subsidiaries Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Energy.)

Peabody LogoFollowing service with Peabody Coal Company in St. Louis, Missouri and that company’s corporate parent in London, England, Chris joined Loewen Group in Vancouver, British Columbia — then world’s second largest operator of funeral homes and cemeteries. In 1999, he moved to Farmington, New Mexico following Loewen Group’s bankruptcy.

WESST%20Primary%20Logo In 2013, Chris joined WESST — New Mexico’s leading non-profit statewide business development practice as the Farmington Regional Manager.  In his current capacity with WESST, Cornerstone’s active marketing activities and “daytime” work are suspended.  However, his passion for serving the business development needs of clients has not diminished and he’d love to visit with you in his capacity at WESST about how to help you build a better business.

Academic Background

Chris earned his B.S. in Business Administration in 1981 from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a triple major in Management, Economics and English. Additional undergraduate studies were pursued at Harlaxton College in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England.



UNM Anderson SchoolIn 1986, he earned his M.B.A. from the Robert O. Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of New Mexico.

Personal Background

Married for 33 years, Chris and Katie returned home to Farmington in November of 1999. They have two daughters — Emily and Elizabeth. Emily is a 2010 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX and a 2102 graduate from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She and her active-duty U.S. Air Force husband Riyyad reside in Hampton, VA. Elizabeth is a metallurgical engineer who is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado with an MBA from the University of California at Riverside. She now works at Nuccor Steel in Berkeley, SC.

Community Service

In addition to the demands of family and building a business, Chris serves or has served the Four Corners’ community in the following capacities:

NIkonD750For fun, Chris skis, hikes, reads and works with his Nikon D750 digital camera. He also enjoys computer programming and taking an occasional nap in the hot tub.

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