Chris Montoya Selected As 2016 Spirit of McMurry Award Winner

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, September 8, 2016 2:59 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Chris Montoya ’00, Senior Vice President and Equity Manager at First Financial Trust and Asset Management Company of Abilene, Texas, has been named the 2016 Spirit of McMurry Award recipient given by the McMurry Alumni Association Board of Directors. The award is presented each year to a graduate from within the last 20 years who has shown excellence in their profession and service to their alma mater and their community.

Montoya joined First Financial Trust in 2001 as an investment analyst.  He is now the head of equities and the manager of the investment department with over $4 billion of assets under management.  He created and has served as senior portfolio manager of the Equity Income portfolio, a dividend based investment style with over $600 million under management, since its inception in October 2006. He also oversees the Core and Strategic Growth equity styles.

Montoya is a CFA Charterholder.  He is a member of CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth. Earning the CFA charter demonstrates knowledge, skills and experience needed for investment analysis and management in today's dynamic global markets.

He is a former McMurry University trustee, former McMurry University Alumni Association board president and a current McMurry University School of Business Advisory Board member.

Montoya was recognized by AbileneBiz magazine with its “20 Under 40” award for up-and-coming business leaders in 2011. He has held numerous leadership positions in the community. He has formerly served as a Food Bank of West Central Texas board chairman and treasurer. He currently serves on the Endowment committee and the Administrative Board at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Montoya graduated summa cum laude from McMurry University in 2000 with a marketing degree. He is the third McMurry graduate in his family. His sisters, Amy and Isabel, earned their degrees from McMurry in 1991 and 1995. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 10 years and they reside in Abilene with their 5-month old son named Ethan.


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