Christopher Bontrager is the face of the company in the Western United States including Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska, California, Oregon, and Washington.
Prior to joining Retail Strategies, Christopher was the Executive Director of the Marengo County Economic Development Authority where he led the county’s economic and community development efforts. Prior to working in Marengo County, Christopher was the Vice President of C3 of Northwest Alabama EDA, a three-county economic development alliance that serves Fayette, Lamar, and Marion Counties. While at C3, Christopher directed business retention and expansion as well as workforce development. Both Marengo County and the C3 Region experienced significant economic growth during Christopher’s tenure.
Other experience includes working for the economic development authority in Macon County, Alabama, serving as a graduate assistant with the Auburn University Athletic Department, and service in the United States Army as an enlisted soldier and later a commissioned officer.
Christopher is currently the SEDC Southeast Regional Director, and has served on committees with SEDC, EDAA, as well as boards for the Alabama Regional Workforce Development Councils, and the Northwest Alabama Habitat for Humanity. Christopher also serves on the junior board of Birmingham Landmarks Inc., a 501-c3 organization that owns and maintains Birmingham’s historic Alabama and Lyric theatres.
Christopher is a graduate of Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Public Administration with a minor in Military Science and a Master’s in Public Administration with a minor in Economic Development.
He is a recipient of multiple military decorations, a graduate of the Intensive Economic Development Course (Auburn University), and the Honors Economic Development Course (University of Alabama, inaugural class). Christopher has completed the Economic Development Institute coursework and is currently in pursuit of his CEcD certification as a professional economic developer. Christopher is a licensed real estate professional in the State of Alabama.