FOZ is 78+ Members*, Representing 35 Downtown Projects Valued At More Than $25.5 Million†.

Selected Member Expertise

Gary Anderson, Architect/Owner; G.W. Anderson & Associates. Practice with historic preservation and adaptive reuse focus. River District President; Haight Village Neighborhood Association founder. Justin Fern, President; Urban Equity Properties. Numerous downtown projects completed and in-process — see www.urbanep.com website for current listing.  Bill Beard, College Professor/Director of Theatre (retired), Drama Critic for 40 years; former River District Board; Public Garden design and implementation. Travel and events planning; research.  Kurt Bell, Owner; Architectural Restoration. General Contractor for historic preservation projects. Active in Haight Village restoration. Sarah Bell, Owner; Architectural Color. Interior/exterior colors for commercial and residential projects. Active in Haight Village restoration. Kyle Bevers, Project Engineer (retired); Valley Custom Woodwork. Driehaus winner. Research and project management. Marge Bevers, Foreign Trade Zone Administrator; Greater Rockford Airport Authority. Driehaus winner. Author of “Downtown Developer’s Guide”. Finance and volunteer management; genealogy and historic research. Don Bissell, Project Manager (retired); Sundstrand Aerospace; Apria Healthcare. Driehaus winner. Graphics, communications and marketing. GC on project. Gary Carlson, Owner; Gary Carlson Motors. Driehaus winner. Rockford Historic Preservation Commission member. Founder of third Historic District in City of Rockford (Indian Terrace). Served as developer/general contractor for his Wigell-Carlson House project. Doug Connell, Co-owner; Engine Studios. Start-to-finish video production (including in-flight filming of Ziock Building). Holli Connell, Executive Director; Riverfront Museum Park. Marketing, communications (including website/Facebook design). Cal DeWeerdt, Realtor; Gambino. 30 years of downtown commercial and mixed use real estate transactions: sold Ziock Bldg in 1980’s. Lisa DiChiera, Director of Advocacy; Landmarks Illinois. BA Art/Architectural History UCLA, MS Historic Preservation U of Pennsylvania, 18 years experience with National Trust and Landmarks. Bill Edmundson, Engineer (retired); MegaFab. Local historic, expert on Water Power District. Brian Harger, Research Associate; Center for Governmental Studies. Economic development finance professional. Pam Hein, Co-owner; HEINdesign. Wrote Ziock and three other successful applications for national register status. MA in Historic Preservation. Coordinated River District architectural tours. Partner in successful home restoration business. Kevin Holdmann, President; Transatlantic Connection (TAC). High tech equipment and engineering services to manufacturers. Hosts FOZ website and provides design services, marketing, research and Communications. Bill Houtkamp, Sales; Gustafson Furniture. Communication and marketing. Bill Johannes, Owner; Architect. Historic preservation interest. Experience on former Ziock and Lorden Bldg plans. Jerry Kortman & Doc Slafkosky, Co-owners; Kortman Center for Design. Redeveloped retail store and gallery in 1970s; created Northeast State and Main Historic District. Served as own developer and general contractor. Mike LaLoggia, Owner; LaLoggia Construction & Remodeling. Construction contractor, primarily residential. Construction project planning. Don Longwell, Principal (Attorney & Accountant); Longwell Legal, LLC. Specializes in historic tax credit deals. Member, Heritage Ohio (state historic preservation commission). Mike Lunde, Realtor; Gambino. Realtor, East Side Lofts, Lantow Lofts. Mark McInnis, Principal; MEP Design Group. Member, Rockford Historic Preservation Commission. Design engineer. Ben McLaughlin, Illinois Legislative Reports; Editor-In-Chief. Company tracks IL state legislation. Communications and research. Dan Minnick, Owner; Fuzz Salon. Downtown activist, booster and stakeholder. Michelle Minnick, Owner; Octane Interlounge. Downtown activist, booster and stakeholder. Rory & Cynthia Mulligan, Owners and President (Rory); Mulligan Restoration. General contractor and skilled craftsman on historic restorations. Jeff Orduno, Partner; Schirger Law Offices. Attorney of record from firm represents FOZ. Mike Schirger, Principal; Schirger Law Offices. Law firm represents FOZ. Coronado Board President. Charlie Schweinler, Marketing Coordinator; Rockford Area Visitors and Conventions Bureau. Communications and marketing; now restoring his own historic home on Indian Terrace. Mary Ann Smith, Community Volunteer, Principal fundraiser (major donor) for Coronado Performing Arts Center, Driehaus Award. Networking, development. Dan Streed, Masters, Urban Planning, Budget Analyst, City Manager’s Office, Thornton, CO. Zach Sundquist, Manager, Passenger Service Development; Greater Rockford Airport Authority. Marketing, special projects. Lenae Weichel, Communications and marketing: wrote FOZ Excalibur nomination for William Ziock. Richard Ziock, Self-employed real estate developer. Descendent of William Ziock, Sr,: developer of properties in California and Missouri, investor.

* = Marketing professionals, “C”-level business people,  downtown business owners, downtown property owners and residents, attorneys, architects, property developers, urban planners, realtors, researchers, individuals with advanced degrees in historic preservation.  Members include three of four Richard H. Driehaus Foundation award winners.

† = Does not include $18.4 million privately funded portion raised by FOZ member for Coronado Performing Art Center rehabilitation.

Selected Projects Completed By FOZ Members

Prairie Street Brewhouse • 1730 Douglas St • 201 Paris Ave • Richardson Building, 112 N Wyman St • Kortman Gallery, 107 N Main St • 501 Indian Terrace • Stewart Square • 504 N First St • Wigell-Carlson House, 1010 North Second St • 3407 Guilford Rd • 1445 Myott Ave • Cobblestone House, 2127 Broadway • 317 Market St • Rockford Business College [former], W Jefferson St • 510 N First Street • Coronado Performing Arts Center • 3402 Freemont St • Gentlemen’s Club, N First St • 1622 Harlem Blvd • two Jesse Barloga 4-units on N Church near Garrison School • 512 N First St • 221 N Harlem Blvd • TAC, 109 N Main St • 609 Indian Terrace • 1703 Belmont Blvd • Rockford Rescue Mission [former], 121 S Madison St • 1004 North Prospect St • Spafford Square, 333 E State St • 312 S First St • Coronado Corners • 1258 N Main St • 529 Indian Terrace