About the Judges

Timmy Awards judges are experts in architecture, real estate development, construction, public policy, and historic preservation.

Josh Anderson, Cedarbend Consulting (Wenham, Mass.)

AndersonAs the son of Tim Anderson, Josh grew up breathing adaptive reuse and historic preservation.  During his long career in real estate, Josh has worked on the financing of a number of historic properties including the former Charles Street Jail, now the Liberty Hotel as well as the Fargo Building Boston’s Seaport District.  Josh is currently a senior underwriter for Boston Capital where he examines the potential acquisition of rehabilitated and newly constructed apartment buildings for its LIHTC portfolio.  Josh is also the principal of Cedarbend Consulting, providing consulting services to clients, including financial feasibility analysis for all manner of real estate investment decisions of all property types as well as project management services.  Finally, Josh is a Chief Forensic Economist at T.A.B. Associates, Inc., where he provides litigation support in civil litigation matters.

Ross Freeman, Pioneer Group, Inc. (Topeka, Kan.)

Ross Freeman (2)Ross Freeman is President of Pioneer Group, a developer of affordable housing projects and historic rehabilitation projects.  He also serves as Chairman of Historic Preservation Partners, Inc., a 501(c)(3) that is involved with State Historic Tax Credits, and Chairman of Federal Historic Partners, LLC that is involved with Federal Historic Tax Credits.  He is a graduate of Kansas State University, Washburn Law School, and Harvard Business School.  He and Fern are the parents of four grown daughters and the grandparents of nine.

He is the author of  “Financing the Real Estate Transaction” in the Kansas Bar Association’s  Real Estate Practice Handbook and has been a lecturer for NHRA, the Kansas Housing Conference, and at the Washburn Law Institute “Financing the Commercial Real Estate Transaction”.  He received the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation’s Ad Astra Award in 2012.

Ross and Fern are the underwriters for the Freeman Lecture Series on Servant Leadership at Sterling College where Ross completed his Commissioned Lay Pastor on-campus training.  While at Sterling, Ross helped initiate the historic rehabilitation of Cooper Hall, Sterling’s first classroom building that was constructed in the 1880’s.  Cooper Hall has now become a rallying point for Sterling, a source of pride among students and alumni alike, and has breathed new life into this small liberal arts college.

James W. Igoe, Preservation Massachusetts (Boston, Mass.)

James W. Igoe has been with Preservation Massachusetts since January, 2002 and President since 2004. Preservation Massachusetts is the only statewide historic preservation advocacy organization. During his tenure, he has worked with the volunteer Board of Directors and staff to increase the organization’s impact and outreach across the Commonwealth in an effort to rebuild, refocus and reenergize Preservation Massachusetts.

Mr. Igoe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from Clark University, both in Worcester. He served as Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth under Michael Connolly for 15 years. During this time he had oversight of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, which he chaired for 10 years, as well as overseeing the construction of the State Archives on Columbia Point in Boston. In 1995 he became Executive Director of Preservation Worcester and substantially built up a local preservation non-profit. He has always had a lifelong interest and passion for preservation and currently resides is South Dennis.

John L. Kelly, Nixon Peabody LLP (New York, N.Y.)

John KellyJohn Kelly represents for-profit and nonprofit owners and operators of multi-family housing that has a government overlay. He has more than 30 years of experience in affordable housing and is a longtime advocate at state and national levels. He represents clients in the purchase and sale of government-assisted housing. He has also assisted clients in the financing of existing properties and the construction of new projects. He assists clients in navigating the plethora of regulations in the affordable housing industry.

Nick Ratti, CohnReznick LLP (Boston, Mass.)

Photography by Lukas Kisiel Photography.Nick Ratti is principal with CohnReznick’s Real Estate Consulting Practice in Boston, Massachusetts. He has more than 12 years of experience in the tax credit industry. Nick is currently responsible for developing and evaluating transaction structures, providing tax compliance advice, evaluating tax credit recapture or tax-loss reallocation issues, strategizing post compliance period exits and providing syndication advisory services.  Nick has extensive experience structuring a wide range of New Market, Historic and Low-Income Housing tax credit transactions for his developer and investor clients. Some of his major Historic Tax Credit Transaction Closings include Junction Shop Mill (Worcester, MA), The Freudenberg Building (Lowell, MA), Newmarket Mills, (Newmarket NH), Hotel Monaco (Philadelphia, PA), Waltham Watch Factory (Waltham, MA), and Russia Wharf (Boston, MA). Prior to joining CohnReznick, Nick held positions with Fidelity Investments and Ziner, Kennedy and Lehan, both based in Boston.  He graduated Cum Laude from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance.

Karl Stumpf, EYP (Washington, DC)

Karl StumpfKarl is EYP’s Government Sector Leader and an architect by training. EYP is an architecture and engineering design firm with over 650 employees in 16 offices throughout the United States. Karl’s work focuses on complex historic preservation and modernization projects with an emphasis on the integration of high performing building strategies. His project work includes the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the modernization of the USCS/ICC/CW and Ariel Rios Buildings in the Federal Triangle for EPA’s new headquarters. Karl received his Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University and Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a concentration in Historic Preservation and Architectural History. He is currently the member of the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee Advisory Group.