Hunt Engineers and Architects named Vice President Chris Bond as its new president.
Bond takes over the leadership of the Horseheads-based firm from Dan Bower, who will remain as CEO and chief strategic officer. Bond is only the third president of the 150-employee company, founded 1972 by Robert Hunt in the wake of devastating Corning floods. Bond will manage the day-to-day operations of the firm while Dan Bower will focus on corporate initiatives, strategic planning and business development.
Ben Gustafson recently took over the Rochester office from John Cake, who retired in 2018. Speaking in an interview at Hunt’s High Fall’s office.
“2018 was one of our strongest years. Staying ahead of the curve when it comes to business practices and technology has always been a Hunt trademark, and at the same time my immediate priorities are going to be those cultural initiatives like personnel development and bolstering our project management capacity,” said Bond.
“When we started drafting Hunt’s transition plan in 2003, Chris’s ultimate promotion to president was an integral ingredient. Even then we knew his knowledge, experience and stability were exactly what we wanted in the next Hunt president,” said Bower.
Bond graduated Clarkson University in 1988 and immediately joined Hunt’s Transportation Division. He honed his skills as a structural engineer predominantly on bridges in upstate New York and by 1995 was working on a variety of building structures. In 1993, Bond earned his professional engineering license and, subsequently, rose within Hunt to director of structural engineering in 2001, principal (2004), corporate secretary (2006) and vice president (2015).
Bond has held multiple board positions on New York American Council of Engineering Companies, including the New York state secretary in 2010. In addition, he has served on Watkins Glen Planning Board.
A longtime Finger Lakes resident, he and his wife, Michelle, live in Watkins Glen, where they have raised three daughters: Stephanie, teacher in Corning; Sarah, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Penn; and Maggie, junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They attend St. Mary’s Church.
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