HTCI has a team of experts with diverse knowledge in both HTC investments and historic preservation.
Our experienced principals are trained in the legal, accounting and regulatory issues involved in the HTC program, as well as architectural history, the National Register of Historic Places nomination process and federal historic building certification.
Stephen Ziff, Principal
As founder and chairman of Ziff Properties, Inc. (ZPI), a Charleston-based real estate firm, Stephen Ziff oversees acquisitions and divestitures as well as development projects and new business initiatives. A Charleston, SC resident since 1991, Stephen has a long association with historic preservation and restoration. He recently listed his c. 1850s residence on the National Register of Historic Places and for 25 years has served as Chairman of Building and Grounds for the c. 1840s Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim synagogue. Most recently, he became the Founder & Chairman of the Charleston World Heritage Coalition, a newly formed nonprofit whose mission is to have Charleston's Historic City Center designated as the first urban World Heritage Site in the United States. Stephen and partners have owned several historic commercial buildings, such as the c. 1880s Cigar Factory in Charleston and the 1913 Manger Building in Savannah, GA. In 2016, Stephen spearheaded ZPI's investment in historic tax credits to help rehabilitate a late-nineteenth century trolley barn in Charleston. The building now serves as the main campus for the American College of the Building Arts. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Art History from Columbia University.
Tim Walter, CEO
Tim Walter is CEO of ZPI and is responsible for all operations, including the investment of historic tax credits. With the Firm as a Principal since the beginning, Tim has been intimately involved with every aspect of the commercial real estate business and served as CFO prior to becoming CEO in 2006. Tim relocated from New York to Charleston in 1992 and has an extensive background in finance, management and real estate. After building a solid analytical foundation at Touche Ross, he joined forces with Stephen Ziff to own and manage Lower East Redevelopment, Inc. in New York City. Tim received his bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University in 1983 and a master's in Architecture and Real Estate Development from Columbia University in 1987. He is a certified financial planner, a South Carolina real property broker, and has served on the board of several non-profit corporations.
Brittany V. Lavelle Tulla, Architectural Historian & Historic Tax Credit Specialist
As an architectural historian, Brittany Lavelle Tulla is the historic tax credit specialist and project liaison. She is the owner and lead architectural historian of BVL Historic Preservation Research and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Historic Preservation and Community Planning at the College of Charleston. Brittany formally served as an architectural historian for a government consulting cultural resources management firm, Richard Grubb & Associates (RGA), where she prepared National Register of Historic Places nominations, architectural surveys and conditions assessments on large-scale government preservation projects, including the Statue of Liberty. Brittany has a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the College of Charleston/Clemson University joint program located in Charleston, SC and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Graphic Design from Elon University.
Dee Herman, CFO
Dee is responsible for the accounting, analysis and financial control functions and also manages relationships with leading financial institutions. She began her career at Arthur Young as a consultant to the management services group with a focus on construction. Dee has worked as an Asset Manager for several portfolios, handling the acquisition and development, leasing, financing, managing and disposition of mixed-use commercial and retail projects. Receiving a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1980, Dee is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia, and a Certified Property Manager. She is a faculty member with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and serves as a member of the IREM Ethics and Discipline Committee.
Chris Rogers, Attorney
Chris is a member and practicing attorney with the Rogers Lewis law firm. He earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of South Carolina. In addition, he earned a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida. From this multi-dimensional perspective, Chris counsels business, real estate, and non-profit clients on a wide variety of matters, including tax credits and other incentives for real estate development, renewable energy investments, and commercial growth.