Carter began his career with 30 years in the energy industry holding various executive positions with Consolidated Natural Gas, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. While with CNG Mr. Funk headed several subsidiary companies including an Ohio distribution company, an energy marketing company and an international company with electric and gas holdings in Australia and Argentina. Mr. Funk served on the Board of Directors of companies in the United States, Canada, Australia and Argentina.
After CNG was acquired by Dominion Resources, Mr. Funk moved to Ohio to become President of Belden Energy Services Company (BESCO) where he expanded the company then led the sale of BESCO to First Energy Corporation. He then provided Energy Consulting services to First Energy and other major energy companies including Shell Oil, Hydro Quebec, ComEd (Exelon), Amerada Hess and Equitable Resources before deciding to move to Florida and expand the dry cleaning business he had just formed with his son, Chris.
By blending sophisticated management systems with Mom & Pop service levels, the dry cleaning operation quickly grew to the largest in NE Florida surviving the economic downturn through economies of scale and strategic diversification into Restoration dry cleaning.
Recognizing the unprecedented returns in real estate investing, the father son team began accumulating residential rental properties. After developing a proven acquisition, rehab and rental process with their own equity, they were able to attract investors seeking high yields and diversity from stock markets. Recent partnerships with well funded investment firms has accelerated the expansion of the real estate business.
Mr. Funk has an engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University and a MBA from West Virginia University. Mr. Funk’s wife, Peggy, has been active in the dry cleaning business on an “as needed” basis and is currently very active as a Realtor assisting in the real estate business
Chris Funk is a driven business executive with a commitment to excellence in everything he does. These traits surfaced early when Chris achieved the number 1 National Ranking and won the North American championships in Three Day Equestrian Eventing while still in high school. Mr. Funk came to Florida in 1999 to attend Flagler College. While in college, he started a laundry and dry cleaning business that has grown to be the premier dry cleaner in North East Florida. Chris’s vision and drive toward business development and growth led the company into diverse markets such as fire restoration and government contracting. Those markets were less affected by the economy and helped the company continue its growth during the economic recession.
Chris was quick to recognize the opportunities in real estate markets. He managed the company’s initial investments into rental real estate and recognized an opportunity to bring in outside investors. He then developed the marketing plan and located outside investors and led the formation of multiple real estate partnerships. Driven by the need to provide superior service to investor clients, he founded of SunCoast Property Management LLC.
Chris then recognized opportunities in commercial real estate and developed a plan to enter that market segment. The business plan attracted the attention of a major Florida Commercial Real Estate developer and led to the formation of Southeast Premier Properties LLC. Chris continues to direct each of the real estate partnerships with a total commitment to excellence and the best possible returns for investors.
Chris has a management degree from Flagler College. Chris’s wife, Marcea, remains active in the equestrian arena as one of the country’s premier riders and trainer of horses and riders.