Denise Hamet brings 25 years of public and private sector experience promoting economic growth and community revitalization. As a past president of the Commercial Real Estate Women she is proud to have initiated the first Cincinnati CREW regional real estate conference. This event attracted hundreds of professionals to Cincinnati to learn about the region’s successes. Ms. Hamet holds an MBA from Arizona State University. After starting her career with Ford Aerospace, she joined The Irvine Company’s corporate team, where she helped facilitate this real-estate investment company’s reorganization.
She transitioned to planning for the master-planned city of Irvine, California, and then relocated her growing family to Cincinnati, where she managed a $100 million real estate portfolio for KeyBank. At Property Advisors she teamed with public/private partners to complete many large-scale projects, including the Tax Increment Financing plan for the 500 acres surrounding the planned Liberty Interchange.
After completing Middletown’s Renaissance Master Plan she joined the City’s Economic Development Department. As Director she brought new financing tools and partners, accomplishing $1.2 billion of industrial and office investment, including the new AK Steel Research and Development facility, and the Middletown Energy Center. Medical, education, and cultural facilities grew by nearly $50 million including two new higher education facilities. Ms. Hamet continues to champion the community, volunteering for the Preschool Promise Initiative and Habitat for Humanity, and serving on community boards. She looks forward to leading CDC Association of Greater Cincinnati as Executive Director.