Sean Garretson, AICP
Sean Garretson has provided solutions to his public and private sector clients in land use and community and economic development for the past 16 years. He was responsible for economic development activities for a Council of Government and a large public utility in Central Texas. In his areas of expertise, he has managed land planning for a large civil engineering firm, and has led consulting projects for two of the nation's largest economic development consulting firms, Angelou Economics and TIP Strategies.
Mr. Garretson received a BA in Anthropology from George Washington University and an MS in Community and Regional Planning with a Specialization in Economic Development from the University of Texas-Austin. He is a certified planner (AICP) with a specialization in economic development. Mr. Garretson serves on several revitalization boards in Austin, including one in which he chairs the board of an attainable housing non-profit.
|C. "Kelly" Cofer
Retail Analysis and Recruitment Expert
Kelly Cofer, CCIM, is President and CEO of The Retail Coach, a national retail consulting, market research, and development firm. He lends his expertise to Pegasus Planning by combining strategy, technology, and creativity to develop and deliver high-impact retail recruitment and development to local governments, chambers of commerce, and economic development organizations.
Mr. Cofer has over 20 years of experience in retail real estate and economic development and has worked in over 100 communities in 30 different states. He was the President and CEO of The Cofer Group, a national retail services and development firm specializing in site selection for regional and national retailers and restaurants whose clients include Kroger, Winn Dixie, Super D Drug, Eckerd's, Chili's, Hobby Lobby, McDonald's, Logan's Roadhouse, Captain D's, and Hancock Fabrics.
After receiving a B.S. Degree from Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas, Mr. Cofer earned his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the Chicago-based Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. He speaks at economic development events across the country and is a member of numerous industry organizations, including the International Council of Shopping Centers, Texas Economic Development Council, Community Development Foundation, Texas A & M Real Estate Professionals, National Association of Realtors and Commercial Investment Real Estate.
Chris Holtkamp, AICP
GIS and Land Planning
Mr. Holtkamp began his career working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the City of Loveland, Colorado. In 1999 he worked at the Lower Colorado River Authority as a GIS Analyst. In 2001 he transferred to the Community and Economic Development department and began work in community planning.
Since 2001 Mr. Holtkamp has led the development of Comprehensive Plans for a number of cities throughout the Central Texas region. These plans address land use, economic development, housing, downtown revitalization, historic preservation, and community development. GIS is used extensively throughout the planning process to provide additional analysis and mapping to the process.
Mr. Holtkamp has a BA in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin and Masters in Geography from the University of Denver. He received his AICP certification in May 2006.