Matt Hunt is the son of a banker and began his own career as a teller at age 17. He has remained in the industry ever since and now has more than 22 years of experience in commercial banking.
Matt joined AVANA Capital in 2015 as Chief Credit Officer. He advises small business owners on how to grow their businesses through real estate ownership, and he guides them through the process.
Prior to joining AVANA Capital, Matt was Senior Vice President and Director of National Real Estate for Zions Bank. In that role, he oversaw the bank’s nationwide commercial real estate lending platform with a primary focus in SBA 504 lending. During his 16 years at Zions Bank, the National Real Estate Group originated over $10 billion in commercial real estate loans, including nearly $5 billion in SBA 504 1st mortgage loans.
Matt earned an M.B.A. from the University of Utah in 2010. He also graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from University of Utah in 1998. In 2005, he also completed a master’s level extension program at the University of Washington’s Pacific Coast Banking School.
Typical Matt: Matt is an avid runner. He has completed four marathons and multiple 200-mile relay races. He recently caught the triathlon bug and finished his first 70.3 Ironman race in 2014.
Passionate About: Family. The greatest blessings in Matt’s life are his beautiful wife of 20+ years and his of four children (2 boys and 2 girls). He loves spending time in Utah’s mountains with his family; wake boarding in the summers and snowboarding in the winters.
Past Itineraries: Watching five Major League Baseball games at five different stadiums and visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a six-day trip with his sons. Matt is a devoted Red Sox fan and has a goal of visiting all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums.
Interesting Fact: Matt lived in the Netherlands for two years and speaks Dutch fluently.
Personal Motto: I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my choices.
Favorite Quote: “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. -Babe Ruth