Executive Summary

Chris Webster


Insatiable Curiosity…Gathered Intelligence…Extraordinary Service…Legendary Results…Timeless Integrity!!!!!

Chris Webster is the Founder of WEBSTER ENTERPRISES, the umbrella company and organization of his family’s personal and professional activities in the arts, real estate, equity ventures, and philanthropy. WEBSTER COLLECTION provides appraisal, authentication, and procurement services for important works of art and collectibles to collectors, museums and institutions worldwide. WEBSTER ESTATES represents and advises buyers, sellers, and developers of upscale luxury residential, commercial, and resort properties in the most active urban and boutique markets throughout the Americas and Western Europe.  WEBSTER VENTURES evaluates and pursues selective venture capital and private equity investment opportunities in diverse industries and fields and advises the companies selected.

WEBSTER COLLECTION continues to specialize in Fine Art (paintings, photographs, sculpture), Ethnographic Art (American Indian, pre-Columbian, tribal art), and Collectibles (American/Spanish Colonial/Asian antiques and folk art, furniture (Knoll International), and clothing, jewelry, and accessories from nationally and internationally renowned artists and designers by “Defining Excellence in Art” since inception in 1972.  The introduction, promotion, and sale of the art of yesteryear, as well as today, are accomplished through various methods of exposure combined with communication and collaboration with colleagues, collectors, and authorities in both private and institutional environments. From those origins came the opportunity to establish a significant library focused on the indigenous peoples of the Americas and their history, culture, and art, and to set aside certain objects as a collection, Timeless Integrity – The New World Collection, that today consists primarily of representative examples from Mexico, Peru, and the American Southwest, the initial locations of Spanish exploration during the Age of Discovery. WEBSTER COLLECTION constantly showcases an eclectic mix of art and artifacts from its location on The Plaza, a space emulating an 18th Century Mexican Colonial-era hacienda, while periodically featuring extraordinary shows of contemporary artists’ works throughout the year.  

WEBSTER ESTATES (originally Christopher Webster Real Estate), began its brokerage business in 1976 and continues to produce market leading, often record setting, residential and commercial sales in the Santa Fe area market and elsewhere.  An exclusive affiliate relationship was established with Sotheby’s International Realty (SIR) for the state of New Mexico in the early 1980’s, and in the late 1980’s, North Carolina and Mexico as well. Chris served on the SIR Advisory Board from 1989 until 2004, assisting with the growth and development of this dynamic company in expanding the world’s premier real estate brand specializing in prestigious international property brokerage. Sotheby’s International Realty acknowledged Christopher Webster Real Estate as the Affiliate of the Year in 1994-95, and bought the company as its first acquisition of an affiliate company worldwide in 1998.  In 2003, Chris became a Partner and Managing Director of Synthesis Realty Group helping coordinate and direct development, marketing, and sales of several of the world’s most exclusive residential and resort communities.  In 2015, Chris acquired and became CEO and publisher of  Leading Estates of the World (LeadingEstates.com), the preeminent publishing and media enterprise founded in 1969 showcasing extraordinary residential estate properties to an international audience.

WEBSTER VENTURES provides advisory consulting to and oversees its investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Chris was a Founder in 1982 of Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and from its inception, until its sale to Reynolds Tobacco (RJR) in 2002, served as an Officer and Director for this dynamic and innovative company that produces Natural American Spirit cigarettes. Chris was also a Founder and Director of the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation that philanthropically supports important Native American and indigenous causes in the Western Hemisphere. Companies currently in WEBSTER ENTERPRISES’ portfolio include American Clay, BioMarck, The Estates Network | Leading Estates of the World, Fetch, Flywheel Ventures, GeneBiology, Hestia Tobacco, Integrated Solar Technologies and Manufacturing, Oleavicin, Xanadu (on Broadway), among others.

PLAZA PRODUCTIONS is WEBSTER ENTERPRISES’ in-house design, production, marketing, and events coordination division utilizing the creative talents of the best artisans and entrepreneurs producing results utilizing digital, print, video, multimedia, 3D VR, web design, and special occasions for individuals, businesses, and institutions. Episodic events are held in its Santa Fe Plaza gallery / office / salon and elsewhere showcasing visual artists’ works, offering venues for performing artists and writers, and hosting private and public receptions for leaders in the arts and in the community, all the while providing opportunity and space for discussion, reflection, creative sharing, and enlightenment.