Our People

 

Craig R. Seymour, Managing Principal

Mr. Seymour joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 1987. His primary area of expertise includes economic analysis, financial forecasting, strategic planning, feasibility analysis, real property valuation, and project management. Mr. Seymour has over twenty-five years of extensive experience in economic development, the socioeconomic evaluation of major projects, business and community planning and redevelopment financing. His responsibilities include management of the firm's economic and financial oriented consulting services, including the appraisal and research functions.

Mr. Seymour has an AB in Economics/Civil Engineering from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Russell A. Archambault, Vice President and Principal

Mr. Archambault joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 1994, and has nearly 20 years experience in community and economic development, economic and fiscal impact analysis, real estate market research, and development feasibility analysis. Since joining RKG Associates, Inc., Mr. Archambault has applied his background to managing numerous projects throughout the US in areas of urban and waterfront redevelopment, market and development feasibility, local and regional economic development, military base reuse planning, and transportation economics. Mr. Archambault has also lead the development of RKG Associates’ fiscal planning expertise, which assists local governments in understanding the municipal service impacts of local land use decisions and policies. Mr. Archambault is a national speaker on issues of urban redevelopment and fiscal planning.

Before joining RKG Associates, Mr. Archambault led a Community Development Department for the City of Laconia, New Hampshire and also served as project manager for the Virginia Tech Economic Development Assistance Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. Mr. Archambault is managing partner of RKG Associates’ Alexandria, Virginia office.

Mr. Archambault has a Bachelor of Science in Public Management from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA.

 

Kyle S. Talente, Principal

Mr. Talente has developed and applied a broad range of professional and technical expertise since his hiring in 1998. Today, Kyle uses that experience to manage projects in all facets of economic development, real estate advisory, and market analysis. Kyle has provided proven results to a wide range of public and private sector clients, focusing on identifying creative, market driven solutions to real estate investment opportunities. During his tenure at RKG Associates, Mr. Talente has cultivated specializations in housing market and affordability analysis, local and regional real estate market analysis, economic development strategies, downtown and urban revitalization, financial feasibility and economic impact analysis, and target industry studies.

Kyle’s expertise is bringing his client’s real world recommendations founded in market reality and projected conditions based on sound economic fundamentals, allowing clients to go beyond the visioning and assessment phase and into successful implementation. Kyle has learned that this grounded approach garners support for a much stronger development process, particularly when implementation requires/seeks public private partnerships. His diverse education background has enabled Kyle to be a strategic liaison between the physical disciplines (i.e. urban design and architecture) and the market realities of real estate investment decision making. He also has developed a reputation for being able to successfully communicate the complex relationships between vision and reality to a wide variety of public and private stakeholders.

Mr. Talente is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture in 1996 and his Masters of City Planning in 1998.


Judi Barrett, Director of Municipal Services

Judi has over 25 years of experience in planning and community development. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in History and Government, and has completed graduate coursework in planning, land use law, and public finance at Harvard, Tufts University, and U-Mass/Boston. She previously served as Director of Planning with Community Opportunities Group, Inc. She also worked for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) as Program Manager of the Community Development Fund, the state’s largest set-aside of HUD Community Development Block Grant CDBG) funds. In addition, she was Community Development Director for the Town of Plymouth, MA.

Judi specializes in local government services. She provides support to cities and towns on a wide variety of municipal planning engagements: comprehensive plans, downtown plans, community development plans, strategic plans for neighborhood revitalization, and park and open space plans. As an experienced fiscal impact analyst, Judi is often called upon for socioeconomic evaluations of major development projects. She is well known for her public participation skills as well, from major community planning events to conversation cafés, deliberative workshops, and field trips. Judi designs public participation programs that provide a variety of web-based participation options.

She has worked on major zoning projects involving zoning diagnostics, recodification, comprehensive revisions, the creation of new districts, and zoning map amendments. In addition, she has worked on smaller, focused assignments such as incentives for economic development and inclusionary zoning. Judi has worked extensively in the field of affordable housing. She has written numerous housing plans and helped city and town boards with the permitting process for affordable housing and developer negotiations. She is a Chapter 40B Technical Assistance Consultant for the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP).

Judi is a frequent panelist and guest speaker at professional conferences and a guest lecturer for graduate-level planning students. She serves as a trainer for the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC) and an instructor for the American Planning Association-Massachusetts Chapter’s annual AICP exam preparation course.

 

Lawrence E. Cranor Jr., Senior Project Manager

Mr. Cranor joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 1992, with 15 years experience in applied demography, market research, site selection and competition studies for other firms, including national retail chains. Mr. Cranor has applied this background to managing a wide range of assignments with RKG Associates, Inc. These assignments have included a broad variety of retail projects, consumer surveys and spending research, site location research; urban revitalization/marketing strategies; and general economic development.

Mr. Cranor has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing/Management from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Lauren M. Callaghan, Market Analyst/Planner

Mrs. Callaghan joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 2013. Prior to RKG Associates, Ms. McKim worked for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Rutgers) providing data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis to the School of Management and Labor Relations and the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She also helped prepare strategic and redevelopment plans for public sector clients while pursuing her Master’s degree. In addition, Ms. McKim has worked in the field of commercial property management. Outside the office, Lauren pursues a variety of interests including interior design and contemporary art. She is an active member of ULI Washington’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) and served on several of its committees.

Mrs. Callaghan has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers.

 

Patrick McCafferty, Market Analyst/Urban Planner

Mr. McCafferty joined RKG in 2014, his professional background is rooted in implementing geographic analysis to demystify the real estate market and tackle targeted socio-economic issues. Prior to joining RKG Patrick was a Senior Research Analyst with the City of Boston, where he engineered their new geographically-based response surface for land valuation. During his tenure with RKG Patrick has contributed a multitude of GIS and analytical support to economic development, zoning reform, needs assessment, and fiscal impact projects throughout the United States. In particular he formulated the mode,l using geographically weighted regression, to project the effect of proximity to proposed train stops on property values in Somerville (MA).

Mr. McCafferty has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami Univeristy and a Master in Planning from Clark University.

 

Jahangir Akbar, Market Analyst/Senior Planner

Mr. Akbar joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 2015. Prior to RKG Associates, Inc. Mr. Akbar worked for Mass Economics, where he focused on providing data and policy analysis for cities undertaking large development initiatives.  Previous to that, Mr. Akbar worked at the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance where he compiled neighborhood indicators and conducted housing and energy efficiency program evaluations. While pursuing his Master’s degree, he also consulted rural micro-enterprises in India on business strategy. Mr. Akbar started his professional career at CohnReznick, where he provided audit, and consulting services to builders of affordable housing in New York City.

Mr. Akbar has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Towson University and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Eric Halvorsen, AICP, Principal Planner and Senior Project Analyst

Mr. Halvorsen has over nine years of experience in land use and transportation planning. Prior to working at RKG Associates, Eric worked for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council as the Assistant Director for Transportation. In addition, he also worked in Illinois for a regional planning agency managing corridor studies, business district revitalization plans, and updating the agency’s Long Range Transportation Plan.

Eric specializes in helping communities develop plans that bridge the topics of land use and transportation. This includes master plans, downtown plans, corridor plans, and site specific plans. Eric’s focus is on formulation of realistic and actionable plans that can be achieved incrementally over time. He also has experience working with municipalities to develop bicycle and pedestrian network plans, transit plans, and parking strategies.

Mr. Halvorsen is a member of the American Planning Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and was a founding Board member of the Boston Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Environmental Planning and Design and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

 

 

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