Chris Winter named Cole West division president

St. George — Chris L. Winter has been named the new Division President of Cole West Home and Cole West Development in St. George, Utah. He will oversee all real estate and construction activities of the Southern Utah operation for the CW Group.

He previously served as Vice President of Finance for the Northern California Division of PulteGroup in Pleasanton, California. Chris sat on the Operating Committee where he partnered with division executives to acquire and develop traditional single family, infill townhome, and retirement communities under the Pulte, Del Webb, and Centex brands. He was actively involved in nearly every aspect of the operation, including assessment of new projects, oversight of land development budgets and timing, production cadence for vertical construction, sales releases and pricing, risk management, ethics and compliance, financial projections, and maximizing return on invested capital.   

Winter began his time with PulteGroup as a Controller, providing financial support for several joint ventures and homebuilding operations over the years. He gained valuable experience in real estate operations during periods of significant market growth as well as contraction. In all, Northern California operations delivered over 15,000 homes and generated over $8 billion in revenue during his 15 years at Pulte.

Chris started his professional career as an Auditor with Ernst & Young LLP in Sacramento, California, in 2003. He worked with a wide variety of companies in the real estate, healthcare, aerospace, agricultural, and tech industries. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Accountancy from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, graduating cum laude. Chris is an active member of the community and has dedicated thousands of hours of service to youth programs, public outreach projects and supporting several organizations over the years.

“Chris brings a tremendous amount of experience in real estate investment and construction knowledge to Cole West Home and I am confident he will make a major impact in the success of all our properties in Southern Utah,” said Colin Wright, Founder of the CW Group.

Cole West Home is a progressive home builder specializing in the construction of high-end homes, second homes and luxury vacation rental homes in St. George, Utah. The principals of Cole West have been in the home building industry for over 25 years and have been instrumental in the construction of thousands of homes in Utah. For more information, visit