Name: Chris Hunter
Title: Senior Vice President, Business Development Officer
Company: TMC Financing
Years in the Industry: 20
Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in Las Vegas?
I’m from a small town on the Oregon Coast, North Bend. I worked in SBA lending for 10 years in Utah and I have now been in Las Vegas for 14 years.
What has NAIOP provided you that has helped you grow professionally or personally?
Their breakfast programs have been a great source of information. They provide plenty of time to visit before and afterwards, great mixers and great opportunities to visit some of the new facilities for tours, etc. I also enjoy seeing my colleagues.
What has been your favorite experience or story that happened at a NAIOP event?
It was through NAIOP that I found out one of my peers was going out on their own with their own business. At the time, the company I worked for had an extra office available. I knew they wouldn’t mind the extra lease income, so he was able to start his business out of a professional office for a minimal lease payment and I believe he still is there.
Who have you met at a NAIOP event that has influenced you or that you have become close friends with?
I have been attending for so long, I can’t specifically remember whom, but I do know it has strengthened relationships and sometimes with real busy schedules allowed me to see friends in an atmosphere to enjoy their friendship. I learn from everyone I meet. I am an old dog that tries to learn new tricks, so I have been influenced by most people I have met.
What do you want your legacy to be in the Southern Nevada community?
I always wanted to be the first person on people’s minds when they think of SBA loans. I want that because they know I am trustworthy, forthright and hopefully make them feel good about themselves.