The standards of a company are only as high as the standards of its people. Today, that philosophy may seem outdated, but that’s what makes Venerable unique. Our people come with different backgrounds and different specialties, but the one thing we all share in common is our passion for historic preservation. It is that passion that drives our commitment to excellence in everything we do as a team and as a company. Venerable is able to merge a combination of expertise under one roof that allows us to blend all the skills critical in acquiring, selling, leasing and managing commercial real estate with a specialty in historic buildings.
Art DeMuro, Founder
Art was Venerable’s founder and president for 20 years. He passed away on September 8, 2012. Please click here to read about Art and his contribution to our community.
Craig Kelly, President and Broker
Craig was born and raised in Portland and joined Venerable in 1994. Over his career, Craig has developed a vast network of relationships in the real estate community and demonstrates this in his high percentage of closing transactions and especially in filling spaces in Venerable’s challenging projects.
1990-present: Real Estate Broker, State of Oregon
Will Wright, Principal Broker
Will grew up in Portland and began his career in his father’s firm, William Wright and Associates. He formed his own company in 1996 and handles all aspects of commercial leasing and sales. He joined Venerable in 2013.
1980-present: Real Estate Broker, State of Oregon
1988-present: Real Estate Broker, State of Washington
Steven Robinson, Secretary, Property Manager and Broker
Steve brings over 25 years of property management experience. At Venerable since 1999, Steve is responsible for the management of 600,000 sq ft of office, industrial and retail space. Additionally, he manages an experienced maintenance staff dedicated to maintaining the buildings we manage.
2004-present: Real Estate Broker, State of Oregon
Carolyn Pantier, Marketing Coordinator and Broker
Carolyn joined Venerable in 2002 after moving to Portland from San Diego. She produces the marketing materials, places the advertising, maintains the website and coordinates the signage for leasing and sale transactions. She assists with leasing and property management activities including showing vacancies to prospective clients and preparing documents.
2005-present: Real Estate Broker, State of Oregon
Jessica Engeman, Historic Preservation Specialist
Jessica has demonstrated her skill since joining Venerable in 2004, closing $34 million in Historic and New Markets Tax Credit debt and equity on the White Stag Block project. She has two specialties—tax credit financing and historic preservation consulting, including all phases of the National Register process. She puts to good use her Master’s degrees in Historic Preservation and Community & Regional Planning from the University of Oregon.
Brian Nelson, Project Manager
Brian brings 30 years of experience in design and construction. The Portland native holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University. Joining Venerable in 2012, Brian is a licensed architect and will manage various phases of development projects.
Margaret Teasdale, Bookkeeper
Margaret, who grew up in Portland, joined Venerable in 1994. Margaret started with the firm and worked for a time with Art and Craig. She has witnessed the growth and expansion of the team to today’s ten members. She handles accounts payable and receivables, tenant accounts including rent payments and Venerable’s human resources.
Bob Spencer, Maintenance Supervisor
Bob joined Venerable in 2001 and supervises all our maintenance functions including preventive maintenance and general upkeep on our building interiors and exteriors. He has been working in the construction industry for over 30 years with specialties in roofing and heating and air conditioning systems.
Ilie Lavu, Maintenance Technician
Ilie started at Venerable in early 2006 after 16 years working in the industry. He maintains and handles the general upkeep of Venerable’s buildings and assists tenants with all their maintenance issues.