Gerald “Jerry” Tessier
As President and Principal of Arteco Partners, the real estate development company he founded in 2001, Mr. Tessier is responsible for all development functions including acquisitions, entitlements, financing, construction, marketing and management. Mr. Tessier is also the President and Principal of KMA Construction Corp, a licensed general contractor in the State of California since 2004, which performs construction services for Arteco projects. Gerald Tessier received his bachelor’s degree with cum laude honors from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA and received his Masters in Business Administration from the Texas Graduate School of Management in 1999 while serving as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. Mr. Tessier is an active member of his professional and civic community. He currently serves on the Executive Board and was the Founding President of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association, which manages a 42-block Business Improvement District. He has served as a member of the Pomona Rotary Club, a Board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley. Mr. Tessier was born and raised in Claremont, Ca and currently resides in Pomona with his wife, Nancy, his son, Julien, and daughter Catalina.
Edward “Ed” Tessier
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Ed Tessier graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pomona College with a degree in Urban Sociology. In collaboration with his family’s development and management companies, his career has focused on urban revitalization, education and the arts. In downtown Pomona, he cofounded the Pomona Arts Colony, a bustling neighborhood of artists, galleries, restaurants and university projects. In the process he assembled unique partnerships with educational, non-profit, and public agencies. Ed is quadriplegic and has been a leader in the disability community and formerly operated a non-profit consultancy firm, Designs for Independence. He has previously served as a Board Trustee for Western University of Health Sciences, president of Pomona’s Central Business District Association, an appointed Member and Chair of the City of Pomona Planning Commission, Member and Chair of the Pomona Vehicle Parking District Commission, member of the Pomona Leadership Forum, and Pomona Rotarian. Ed currently serves as a member of the Fox Theater Advisory Committee, the LA County Fair Association, the Pomona Community Foundation, and is the founding and current president of the School of Arts and Enterprise in Pomona. Ed lives with his wife, Alejandra, and four sons in Pomona, California.
Born & Raised in Iran Hayedeh Daneshmand moved to the United States after completing high school, in a small town on the extremely humid shores of Caspian Sea, where unlike other parts of the country, architecture never lives long enough to make history. Despite all hurdles in her personal life she managed to attend Riverside Community College where I completed English as a second language courses and graduated with an Associates in Arts. Hayedeh has long held a passion for architecture and placemaking. In her opinion architecture is the highest form of design and one of the few enchantments of the modern world. She pursued her passion for Architecture and was accepted to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and later continued her education at the John Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. After finishing her graduate courses she started an internship with Arteco Partners practicing adaptive reuse which led to a full time position till today where she has been able to experience all stages of design and construction.
Marketing/ Leasing Manager
Tim's professional experiences cover a wide scope of business from management to marketing. He's managed World-Class athletes and musicians. Served as a Brand Manager and Marketing Director, a Brand and Marketing Consultant, Festival and Event Producer and served as a Vice President for a non profit. He believes in giving everything he approaches 100%. Work ethic is key and follow through is essential. Outside of work, you can find him spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling the world and scuba diving as much as possible.
Construction Assistant Manager
Steve Bohne began his career in construction as a young boy while working on various jobs with his father, a residential contractor. At age 20, he became a union carpenter and by age 25, he obtained his contractor's license in the State of Arizona. In his nearly 20 years in the construction field, he has worked on large commercial projects in California, managed the construction of a condominium complex in Arizona, and worked as a foreman on several large residential projects in Hawaii. He has a passion for the restoration and preservation of historical properties.