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.

    Economic Development​

    Real Estate Development

    Affordable Housing

    Local, State, National Policy

    Association Management

    Public Sector Funding

    Project Financing

    Public Incentives

    Community Development

    Budget Administration​

    Contract Administration

    Public Speaking

    Public Relations/Marketing

    Workforce Development

    Brownfield Redevelopment​

  • Experience


    Executive Director

    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

    Spring 2016

    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.

    Property Advisors​

    Project Manager


    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.


    Portfolio Manager


    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.

    Anderson Township

    Land Use Consultant

    Anderson Township: 1992-1993

    Anderson Township Park System: 1994

    City of Irvine​

    Associate Planner


    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​

    Financial Analyst


    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.

  • Education

    University of Arizona

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Honors Graduate)

    Arizona State University

    Master of Business Administration (Honors Graduate)

    University of California, Irvine

    Certificate in Light Construction Development Management

  • Professional Affiliations​

    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

    Committee Member

    PNC Southern-Central Ohio Advisory Council

    NCRC member and Greater Cincinnati Reinvestment Coalition Task Force

    Ohio Economic Development Association


    Sorg Opera Revitalization Group

    Board Member

    Urban Land Institute


    Habitat for Humanity


    Cincinnati State Workforce Board

    Former Member

    Ohio Brownfields Conference, and Commercial Real Estate Women


    Mason Bicycle and Pedestrian Way Master Plan Steering Committee

    Former Member

    Employee Involvement Group Facilitator Training

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