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John Tess

President/Founder

OFFICE: 503-228-0272

CELL: 503-320-3635

EMAIL: jmtess@heritage-consulting.com

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John Tess

President/Founder

John started Heritage in 1982 when the historic preservation field was still in its infancy – the Secretary of Interior Standards was first written in 1976 and the federal HTC program started in 1978.  John was working at the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, responsible for reviewing HTC applications.  He saw that developers and architects were submitting applications where they clearly did not understand the program rules, and also did not put their projects in a favorable light. John believed that, with proper guidance, applicants could secure NPS approvals quicker, achieve an overall better project and, by being efficient, be more profitable.  These were the guiding principles he used to form Heritage.

With the firm based in Portland, John quickly established a reputation as a tenacious advocate for his clients.  By the 1990s, Heritage dominated historic preservation work in Oregon and John actively pursued HTC work across the country.  An office was established in Washington, D.C. and Heritage secured projects in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami Beach and other major metropolitan areas.  Many of the projects were historic boutique hotels, only then becoming popular.  As with Portland clients, national clients appreciated John’s tenacity, creativity and advocacy.

One of the few tax credit consultants whose roots go back to the beginning, John is well regarded as a voice for the private developer in the continuing public debate on how to create better HTC program.  It was for this perspective that he was asked by Presidential First Lady, Laura Bush, to participate in Preserve America, a national summit to review historic preservation in the United States, and to offer strategic direction moving forward in the 21st century. In addition to frequently speaking at conferences for both public and private sectors, he also has a regular column in Novogradac’s Journal of Tax Credits.

John is a board member of Preservation Action, the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association and an active participant in the Historic Tax Credit Coalition, sitting on their Historic Preservation Committee.  Over the years, he has sat on many Governor-appointed boards, appointed by Governor Theodore Kulongoski to Oregon’s Task Force on Historic Property, and was elected its Chair.  He currently serves as a Governor-appointed board member of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Rob Mawson

Vice President

OFFICE: 503-228-0272

CELL: 503-730-3634

EMAIL: rmawson@heritage-consulting.com

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Rob Mawson

Vice President

Rob joined Heritage in 1992 as a program associate. Today, as Vice President, he is responsible for direct management of Heritage’s projects in the Portland office. This work includes strategic analysis, public policy, cultural resource evaluation, National Register nominations and historic tax certification applications.

Rob’s career in historic preservation began in 1976. Upon graduating with honors from Drake University with a Bachelors of Arts in History and Economics, and from Iowa State University with a Master of Arts in History, Rob joined the national headquarters staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Working in what was then the Office of Historic Properties, his specific charge was the development of public programs and earned income at the Trust’s national collection of National Historic Landmark properties. He was responsible for the Trust’s public policy and programs associated with interpretation, research, public events, special uses, marketing and heritage tourism. He managed efforts in building professional standards at the Trust’s sites, initiating accreditation by the American Association of Museums. He also initiated heritage tourism marketing studies relating to who visits historic sites and why.

Having over 39 years of historic preservation experience, Rob is particularly versed in the field of heritage tourism, historic property redevelopment and historic site development.

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Cindy Hamilton

Vice President

OFFICE: 215-248-1260

CELL: 215-284-9178

EMAIL: chamilton@heritage-consulting.com

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Cindy Hamilton

Vice President

Cindy joined Heritage in 2004 and heads the firm’s Philadelphia office. In this capacity, Cindy develops strategies for owners to maximize rehabilitation incentives and she represents clients in negotiations through all aspects of the historic tax credit process. With 25 years of experience in the industry, Cindy has a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory process and is adept at identifying creative solutions to achieve favorable outcomes for clients.

Prior to joining Heritage, Cindy worked as a Mid-Atlantic regional historic consultant, listing dozens of buildings in the National Register and managing hundreds of historic tax credit projects. With a background in architectural conservation, Cindy developed specialties in historic building technologies and architectural finishes.

Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master in Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Cindy has also completed advanced coursework in architectural conservation at the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education.

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Nick Kraus

Associate

OFFICE: 215-248-1260

CELL: 716-912-7579

EMAIL: nkraus@heritage-consulting.com

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Nick Kraus

Associate

Since joining Heritage as an Associate in 2007, Nick has developed specific expertise in the historic tax credit and National Register programs, having consulted on the historic redevelopment of buildings throughout the country. As a LEED AP BD+C-accredited professional, he is well-versed in the use of sustainable design practices on historic rehabilitation projects. Nick is responsible for overseeing Heritage’s Due Diligence services.

Prior to joining Heritage, Nick worked as a program associate at the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, reviewing projects under the auspices of Section 106. In that role, Nick developed an expertise in transportation project review for federal transportation enhancement-funded initiatives. He also assisted in the eligibility assessments of projects utilizing the federal historic tax credit program.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Lee Riccetti

Junior Associate

OFFICE: 215-248-1260

EMAIL: lriccetti@heritage-consulting.com

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Lee Riccetti

Junior Associate

Recently joining the Heritage team as a Junior Associate, Lee Riccetti will conduct archival research, write National Register nominations, and prepare historic tax credit applications. Lee says, “I am looking forward to the challenge of taking on new projects with Heritage and gaining experience with historic development projects in the private sector.”

Prior to joining Heritage Consulting, Lee worked for several non-profit organizations in Philadelphia, concentrating on neighborhood level preservation efforts. She also worked for City Point Realty, a real estate developer based in West Philadelphia, as a project manager and property manager concentrating on adaptive reuse for low-income housing. Additionally, Lee has written for PlanPhilly, and has worked with PennPraxis, the research arm of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, conducting research and field work for a study about Philadelphia’s historic religious sites.

Lee received her Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation with a certificate in Urban Redevelopment from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sam Wharton

Window Specialist

OFFICE: 802-490-0308

EMAIL: swharton@heritage-consulting.com

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Sam Wharton

Window Specialist

After collaborating with Heritage on dozens of historic rehabilitation projects, Sam formally joined the company in 2013. In his role as Window Specialist, Sam assists clients in the evaluation of existing window conditions and the selection of proposed replacements where necessary. With 30 years of experience in the commercial window industry, Sam’s familiarity with commercial window manufacturers and their products is unsurpassed. His comprehensive knowledge of the requirements of historic regulatory programs helps streamline the review process by identifying replacement windows that will meet design review requirements. Sam’s longstanding reputation within the industry and with state and federal reviewing agencies is a valuable asset to the Heritage staff and our clients.

Prior to joining Heritage, Sam represented several large commercial window manufacturers for over three decades. He was instrumental in bringing the commercial aluminum window industry into the historical window replacement marketplace, guiding the industry toward the design of custom products and new strategies for window replacement in historic buildings.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

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Tricia Lipton

Junior Associate

OFFICE: 503-228-0272

EMAIL: tlipton@heritage-consulting.com

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Tricia Lipton

Junior Associate

Tricia works as a Junior Associate in the company’s Portland office. In the last two years, Tricia has conducted archival research, wrote National Register nominations and prepared historic tax credit applications. Looking ahead, Tricia will continue to assist the Heritage team in these areas as she continues to take on new projects.

Prior to joining Heritage, Tricia worked for the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, assisting low-income communities and organizations to reverse and prevent the deterioration of historic resources. In this capacity, she increased the usage of historic preservation economic investment resources, while assisting community members in understanding and utilizing available resources to increase sustainable and economic investment in low-income communities. Tricia also worked for the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, conducting research to help prepare the Marketing Plan for the future Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddle’s Court. In addition, Tricia served as an Intern for Landmarks Illinois, Senator Mark Kirk and the Historic Preservation Division of the City of Chicago. During her studies, Tricia worked in conjunction with Preservation Chicago and Partners for Sacred Places while interning at Landmarks Illinois to create a database of pre-World War II religious buildings in Chicago.

Tricia holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Amherst College, and a Master’s of Science in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh.

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Dianne Rider

Office Manager

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EMAIL: drider@heritage-consulting.com

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Dianne Rider

Office Manager

As Heritage’s Office Manager since 2012, Dianne is responsible for managing the company’s daily administration and operations.

Dianne has 25 years of experience working in various sectors of the real estate industry. Prior to joining Heritage, Dianne held the position of Rental Coordinator at a real estate and property management company, responsible for the leasing of residential properties. She previously served as a Settlement Agent for a mortgage company, assisting with the refinancing of loans and closings. Dianne spent more than a decade with a real estate and appraisal firm as their Accounts Manager. In that role, she was responsible for coordinating the operations of the real estate brokers and appraisers, as well as overseeing accounts payable, accounts receivable, billings, and collections.

Dianne studied business management at Indiana University at South Bend and Portland Community College.