HORSEHEADS, N.Y. — Horseheads–based Hunt Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors & Landscape Architect, DPC (Hunt), which has an office in DeWitt, announced it has named Chris Bond its new president.
He had been serving as Hunt’s VP. Bond, who becomes the third president in the firm’s history, succeeds Dan Bower, who will remain as CEO and chief strategic officer. Bond started his duties as president on Feb. 1, Sean Phelan, business service manager at Hunt, said in an email response to a BJNN inquiry.
Robert Hunt founded the company following the “devastating” floods in Corning in 1972, the firm said. Besides Horseheads and DeWitt, the firm also operates offices in Rochester and in Towanda, Pennsylvania.
The engineering and architecture firm, which has 150 employees, has worked on “numerous” projects in the Syracuse area, including most recently in Chittenango, Lyncourt, and Homer.
Bond will manage Hunt’s day-to-day operations while Bower will focus on corporate initiatives, strategic planning, and business development, as well as the transition.
“As early as the drafting of our 2003 Hunt transition plan, Chris’s ultimate promotion to president was an integral ingredient. Even then, we knew his knowledge, experience, and vision were exactly what we wanted in the next Hunt leader,” Bower said in a company news release.
In the release, Bond called 2018 one of the Hunt firm’s “strongest” years, so he says he “couldn’t have been luckier” with the timing of this appointment.
“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
Bond joined Hunt’s transportation division after graduating from Clarkson University in 1988. He worked as a structural engineer, focusing “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 become director of structural engineering in 2001, principal in 2004, corporate secretary in 2006, and VP in 2015, per the release.
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