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Hunter Hunt is Senior Vice President of Hunt Oil Company and president of Hunt Power, L.P., both subsidiaries of Hunt Consolidated, Inc. of Dallas, Texas. Hunt's responsibilities at Hunt Oil are focused on its LNG efforts, its special project initiatives and its general administrative and managerial operations. Hunt serves as president of Sharyland Utilities, Hunt Power's largest project to-date, a transmission and distribution electric utility located in South Texas. Sharyland Utilities currently owns and operates a 150 MW High Voltage Direct Current interconnection with Mexico, which allows power to flow between the two countries while keeping any disruptions on either electric grid localized (in effect, a firewall). Completed in October 2007, the DC interconnection provides reliability benefits to both sides of the border, and is the first interconnection with Mexico anywhere along the US-Mexican border that supports commercial-sized trade of electricity.
In addition to his responsibilities with Hunt Oil and Hunt Power, he is also involved in special projects that occur at Hunt Refining Company, a company that controls three refineries in Alabama and Mississippi. Prior to joining Hunt Consolidated, he worked with the investment bank of Morgan Stanley for almost eight years. He joined the Natural Resources Group in 1990, covering the major oil companies and gas transmission companies out of the New York Office. He transferred to the London office in 1991, where he covered the European integrated oil companies. In 1993, Hunt joined Morgan Stanley's Commodities Group in London, where he traded electricity in the deregulated electricity market of England and Wales. He returned to New York in 1996 to join Morgan Stanley's electricity efforts in the U.S.
He took a leave of absence from the Hunt organization in September 1999 to work for the Bush for President Campaign in Austin, Texas. He worked in the Policy Department, serving as the primary Policy Advisor responsible for energy issues. He also closely covered taxes, budget, and Social Security. He rejoined the Hunt organization in January 2001. Hunt serves on the boards of the SMU School of Engineering, the Dallas County Community College District Foundation, the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and the All Stars Program, a national community outreach charity headquartered in New York City. He is also chair of SMU's 21st Century Council.