Denise Hamet, MBA
About Denise Hamet
Denise Hamet is a creative, yet pragmatic leader in the areas of community and economic development, real estate, banking, city planning, and defense, with 25 years of experience in both public and private sector.
Ms. Hamet’s diverse skill set includes financial analysis, public sector funding, project financing, grant writing and management, site selection, public incentives and real estate advisory, economic and business development, brownfield redevelopment, and community redevelopment planning, making her a dynamic professional in her field.
Areas of Expertise
Denise Hamet has 25 years of experience in public and private sector in community and economic development, real estate, banking, city planning, and defense. She is known for identifying solutions and moving barriers through hard work and devotion. She has an instinct for connecting the right people and the right resources to achieve results.
Real Estate Development
Local, State, National Policy
Public Sector Funding
December 2016-March 2019
As Executive Director of Homebase, increased funding, streamlined programs, expanded advocacy, improved the budget, and broadened community partners. Implemented comprehensive rebranding program; new annual fundraiser, and new committees to broaden capabilities and expand reach of the organization.
Dayton Development Coalition
Consultant - Interim Project Manager
As interim Project Manager for Dayton Development Coalition, developed leads, advised on process improvement strategy for recruitment and retention tracking, created wage survey report, researched and trained staff on new workforce funding options, managed projects, and conducted outreach.
City of Middletown
Economic Development Director
As Economic Development Director for City of Middletown, attracted $1.2 billion office/industrial investment, winning more than 30 deals including the $36 million R&D Facility for the fortune 500 AK Steel; the $18 million NCI Group facility; and the $600 Million NTE Energy Power Plant. Achieved $50 million of medical/education/and cultural investment including Cincinnati State’s first new urban campus; and the award-winning Greentree Health Science Academy. Revitalized the housing and commercial stock, adding the first new ($20 million) market rate luxury apartments; the $4 million Hampton Inn; and the $20 million Towne Mall redevelopment (underway). Engaged new partners and tools to fund key projects: achieved first state historic tax credits and created new historic district; hired first executive director for Community Improvement Corporation; implemented first State Infrastructure Bank funding and was awarded first Duke Site Readiness grant. Streamlined airport operations, reduced hanger vacancy, implemented capital projects. Implemented new marketing collateral and strengthened media relations, generating increased press. Managed Middletown’s brownfield redevelopment program, winning $3 million in EPA and Clean Ohio grants. Achieved Covenant Not to Sue and attracted international company to the site, creating 50 jobs.
At Property Advisors, completed comprehensive TIF plan for 500 acres surrounding the Liberty interchange. $50 million of financing successfully issued. Project was selected for presentation at the CDFA national conference, May 2007, and eventually resulted in $350 million Liberty Center investment. Created market-based real estate development guidelines for the 1200 acres at SR122 and I75 known as the Renaissance East Area and achieved incorporation into Master Plan.
At Cincinnati District of $135 billion Keybank, managed $100 million portfolio of commercial real estate advising commercial loan and senior credit officers on loan structuring, portfolio performance, and sales opportunities. In 2001 achieved $1.6 million incremental income.
Land Use Consultant
Anderson Township: 1992-1993
Anderson Township Park System: 1994
City of Irvine
At City of Irvine, coordinated project review team, prepared development summaries and environmental impact reports, and presented to the Planning Commission and City Council for this leading-edge master- planned Orange County community with a population at the time of over 100,000 (218,000 today).
Bramalea, California, Inc.
Manager of Systems Development
At Bramalea, California, Inc. Implemented a comprehensive unit tracking system and resolved financial system discrepancies for this builder with more than 2,400 units planned.
The Irvine Company
Senior Financial Analyst
Promoted to Senior Analyst as The Irvine Company as a result of strategic business planning work for this developer of over seven million square feet of investment properties. Assisted senior management in evaluating the financial impact of assessment districts, infrastructure requirements, and entitlement.
Ford Motor Company, DIVAD Division
At Ford Aerospace, implemented use of personal computers and developed new programs for financial tracking; facilitated “most satisfied” Employee Improvement team to create new parts tracking program.
Commercial Real Estate Women
Past President; Member, Co-chair 2009 Regional Conference
Annual Cincinnati Neighborhood Summit
2018 and 2019 Planning Committee
Cincinnati Quality Housing Task Force
Ohio CDC Policy
PNC Southern-Central Ohio Advisory Council
NCRC member and Greater Cincinnati Reinvestment Coalition Task Force
Ohio Economic Development Association
Sorg Opera Revitalization Group
Urban Land Institute
Habitat for Humanity
Cincinnati State Workforce Board
Ohio Brownfields Conference, and Commercial Real Estate Women
Mason Bicycle and Pedestrian Way Master Plan Steering Committee
Employee Involvement Group Facilitator Training