A Trailblazer in Pursuit of Excellence
In a world filled with stories of triumph and perseverance, few shine as brightly as Carrie Hunter. Her journey is one of ambition, commitment, and success. A luminary in her own right, Carrie’s life story is of someone who has not only overcome challenges but has emerged as a guiding light for others.
Carrie grew up in Cody, Wyoming – a small western town where hard work was respected and expected, and a do-it-yourself attitude was a way of life; this resonated with Carrie. With a deep love of music and a curiosity for the world beyond her hometown, she pursued a college education focused on music and writing. After college, her career shifted towards business, particularly sales and management, which aligned perfectly with her gregarious personality. Despite her unconventional career path, Carrie relied on hard work and sheer willpower to prove herself over and over again; determined to succeed.
Every day offers a fresh beginning, an opportunity to forge one’s path. Carrie understands that regardless of the challenges life presents, one wields the power to reshape their destiny many times over. “Our circumstances do not define us; we possess the ability to alter our lives every day,” Carrie asserts with conviction. Her journey is proof of this.
Carrie’s ascent to her current role as Vice President of Business Development, reflects a distinctive approach to career development. Her path was not guided by an intricate master plan but by a fearless willingness to embrace opportunities that resonated with her skill set and ignited her passions. Her career choices were not preordained; but rather evidence of her willingness to seize opportunities. With every step, she learned, grew, and advanced, driven by an unshakable commitment to her own growth.
Carrie’s journey was not without its trials. In the early stages of her career, she faced the challenge of being a single mother. Struggling to make ends meet, working multiple jobs, finding time with her daughter and being an example of what was possible with hard work. She navigated this time with remarkable determination. “Luckily, I was guided by several mentors who pushed me and shaped me into who I am today,” Carrie reflects.
Starting with sales and working her way up to management gave her early success right out of college. Carrie moved into bigger and better roles in the construction, textile and telecom industries. Then, her career and challenges shifted. This marked a period of introspection, a time to discern her values and purpose. The questions Carrie grappled with were ones that resonate with many of us: What direction should I take? Who deserves my time and energy? What truly matters to me? Pivoting once again, she focused on making a difference, channeling her energies
, and continuing to learn and grow. For Carrie, an opportunity for evolution and transformation.
With more than two decades in sales and management, Carrie now holds the current distinction of Vice President of Business Development with Sensera Systems – a Colorado based technology company. She has been with the company since 2015 and has worked diligently to build Sensera’s brand awareness within the industry. Her focus is client engagement, expansion, and awareness.
A sought-after speaker, panel participant and moderator at various conferences including 2023 New York Build and the 2023 ICBA Construction Innovation Summit, showcases her expertise, unique insights, and valuable contributions to industry-altering discussions. The 2023 LMRE DEI Digest interview with Romey Oulton, highlights Carrie’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the construction industry.
Celebrated for her tireless efforts in DEI, she was named a 2023 Women in Construction Ambassador at the Chicago Build event. In addition to this she has demonstrated her commitment to DEI by serving as a past Diversity Ambassador and WIC Ambassador at NY Build and Chicago Build events, advocating for empowerment and equal opportunities.
Two of her great honors include her induction into the 2023 Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Registry, which celebrates her storied career and indelible impact on others, and the 2021 AGC Women in Construction Waymaker Award, recognizing her as a trailblazer, empowering fellow professionals. As a Business Mentor since 2015, she generously shares her knowledge, nurturing others’ success. “Being a mentor has been an important part of my growth and has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career,” Carrie shares.
To Carrie, leadership is not about dictating; it’s about guiding. “A leader,” Carrie asserts, “is not a ruler but an example; someone who paves the way for others while remaining humble enough to continue learning and growing themselves.” Leadership, for her, is about nurturing each team member and guiding them toward their full potential. It is a testament to her humility and her ability to draw inspiration from those around her. “I am constantly learning, evolving, adapting and embracing change – that is all part of my journey,” she ruminates.
Central to Carrie’s philosophy is an unaltering commitment to lifelong learning and growth. “The most inspiring individuals,” she remarks, “are those who embrace personal development as a way of life.” For her, success is not a destination, but a journey of perpetual improvement. Completing the Cornell University Executive Leadership Program in 2019, underscores her dedication to personal and professional growth.
Carrie’s passion transcends beyond her profession. Her love for music, appreciation of art, enthusiasm for sports and thirst for exploration, reflect her zest for life. Her 2000 jazz album “At Last” showcases her multifaceted talents, extending beyond her professional achievements. In her professional life, her passion for success is the driving force behind her remarkable accomplishments. Every project she takes on is not just a task but a canvas of aspirations.
A multitude of sources inspire Carrie. Her travels hold a special place in her heart. Exploring different cultures, immersing herself in new experiences, and understanding diverse perspectives profoundly motivates and inspires her. Reflecting on her experiences, she shares that above all else, her daughter is her greatest inspiration. She aims not only to be a role model for her, but to show her the boundless possibilities life has to offer. The message is clear: If you can dream it, you can achieve it.
Carrie Hunter’s inspirational journey is an example of the limitless potential that everyone carries inside of themselves. Her story reminds us that each day is a new opportunity to craft our path to success, regardless of our circumstances or backgrounds. With a resolute work ethic, a thirst for knowledge and an insatiable hunger for growth, there are no limits to what one can achieve, and her story proves that and more.