Associate Broker, Sotheby's International Realty
AAA (Appraisers Association of America)
AM (Accredited Member, American Society of Appraisers),
Personal Property/North American Indian Artifacts
CHPS (Certified Historic Property Specialist)
CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist)
CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager)
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
FIPC (FIABCI-USA International Property Consultant)
FIREC (FIABCI International
Real Estate Consultant)
ULI (Urban Land Institute), Recreational Development Council, Full Member
President, New Mexico Council of the American Chapter of FIABCI
(International Real Estate Federation)
Chris Webster is the Founder and President of WEBSTER ENTERPRISES, the umbrella organization of his professional activities and personal investments in the arts, real estate, and equity ventures. Founded in 1972 on the historic Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, initial business activity focused on art brokerage and procurement of rare treasures for collectors and museums. WEBSTER COLLECTION (originally Christopher Webster Art Investments) continues to specialize in American Indian artifacts, pre-Columbian art, vintage Western paintings and photographs, folk art, Spanish Colonial antiques, Knoll International furniture, Asian antiques, and more recently, contemporary paintings, photographs, and sculpture. From those origins came the opportunity to set aside certain objects as a collection, Timeless Integrity - The New World Collection, that today consists primarily of representative examples from Mexico, Peru, and the American Southwest, the lands of Spanish exploration during the Age of Discovery. The introduction, promotion, and sale of the art of yesteryear, as well as today, is accomplished through various methods of exposure combined with communication and collaboration with colleagues, collectors, and authorities in both private and institutional environments. "Defining Excellence in Art," WEBSTER COLLECTION constantly showcases an eclectic mix of art and artifacts as well as a complimentary library from its "On Top of The Plaza" location, a space emulating a Mexican Colonial-era hacienda, while periodically featuring extraordinary shows of contemporary artists' works throughout the year.
Chris founded Christopher Webster Real Estate in 1976 after becoming licensed as a real estate broker in the state of New Mexico and since inception, continues to produce the most important, often record setting, residential and commercial sales in the Santa Fe area market. Subsequently, exclusive affiliate relationships were established with Sotheby's International Realty (SIR) for first, New Mexico in 1984, then Mexico in 1988, and North Carolina in 1989. Chris served on the SIR Advisory Board from 1989 until 2004 assisting with the growth and development of this dynamic company in expanding the world's premier brand in providing prestigious international property brokerage services. In 1998 Sotheby's bought Christopher Webster Real Estate as its first acquisition worldwide of an affiliate company. Today Chris, Patti, and Christopher, III continue their professional New Mexico brokerage practices as WEBSTER ESTATES within the SIR - Santa Fe office.
In 2005 Chris became a managing partner with founders Matt Shanaberger and Robert Burnett of SYNTHESIS REALTY GROUP, a firm coordinating and directing development, marketing, and sales activities of the world's most exclusive residential and resort communities. Kiawah Development Partners' Christophe Harbour on St. Kitts (Caribbean), the Beall family's Blackberry Farms in Tennessee (USA), MegaTerra's resorts in Chamela Bay and Los Cabos (Mexico), Estrela Santiago located in the Portugese Cape Verde Islands (Africa), and Moru Ootu (French Polynesia) are some of the more recent assignments.
Chris has an extensive background in real estate including residential, ranch, and commercial brokerage primarily in New Mexico, Hawaii, Mexico, and Western Europe, appraisal and investment analysis experience, as well as golf resort development marketing expertise. Initiated in 1982, Chris has semi-annually produced the most extensive and analytical reports on the Santa Fe real estate market, Christopher Webster Reports. In addition, Chris is a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves as the President of the New Mexico Council of the American Chapter of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) and, since 1976, has been a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Realtors Association of New Mexico (RANM), and the Santa Fe Association of Realtors (SFAR).
Plaza Productions is an in-house design and production division utilizing the creative talents of the Southwest's best artisans and entrepreneurs producing print, video, multimedia, web design, and special events for individuals, businesses, and institutions. Also coordinated in the WEBSTER ENTERPRISES Plaza offices are episodic events showcasing artists' works, offering venues for performing artists and writers, hosting public receptions for leaders in the arts and in the community, all the while providing opportunity and space for discussion, reflection, creative sharing, and enlightenment.
WEBSTER VENTURES has an equity ownership stake in and an advisory consulting role with a diverse portfolio of companies and is the private equity and venture capital division of WEBSTER ENTERPRISES. Chris was a Founder in 1982 of the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc. and, from its inception until its sale to R.J. Reynolds in 2002, served as an Officer and Director for this dynamic and innovative company that produces Natural American Spirit cigarettes. Chris was also a Founder and Director of the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation that philanthropically supports important Native American and indigenous causes in the Western Hemisphere. Other companies include Flywheel Ventures, American Clay, GeneBiology, Xanadu on Broadway, among others.
Chris is a graduate of The Episcopal High School in Virginia and received a B.A. in History from Duke University in North Carolina. Chris is a member of the Society of the Cincinnati (North Carolina Chapter), Beta Theta Pi, Las Campanas (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Hokuli'a (Kealakekua, Hawaii), and Loch Lomond Golf Club (Dumbartonshire, Scotland) and is active in local, regional, and national community affairs and charitable organizations including, but not limited to, the following:
Santa Fe is often referred to as a town "behind adobe walls" and northern New Mexico as a place where
"a sense of timelessness soothes the spirit." For those who come to discover the enchantment Santa Fe and northern New Mexico have to offer, Chris Webster opens up the grandeur, excitement, and beauty behind and within these adobe walls.
Chris and his wife, Patti, have three children and live in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Kealakekua, Hawai'i.
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