Richard is originally from Dallas, Texas and brings strong administrative and office management experience. Richard has achieved success in a non-traditional path; he attended Computech Vocational School in Dallas, Texas- an accelerated program specializing in Office and Business Practices. Richard relocated to Los Angeles, California and attended Los Angeles Community College. In 1999, while vacationing in Florida, Richard relocated to Key West to take advantage of the entrepreneurial spirit and sunshine. Richard is a foster and adoptive parent and volunteers for the Florida Keys Foster and Adoptive Parent Association serving as Secretary.
Nikita was born and raised in Chicago. She obtained a BA in Sociology from John Carroll University and a MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. After working in the nonprofit sector for a decade, Nikita relocated to Key West to join the OTAI team. She brings an enthusiasm for working with clients to meet their specific needs and project goals. She enjoys volunteering, spending time at the beach, and hanging out with her dogs- Miley and Oakley.
President, Planning Director
Owen holds a BS from the University of Colorado and a MS from Western Illinois University. He worked for the US Geologic Survey on the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository and later served in the Peace Corps in Kenya teaching Community Development and Agro-Forestry. Owen returned to the United States and became a Peace Corps Fellow at Western Illinois University and the Community Development Director in Princeville, Illinois. He moved to the Keys in 2000 and worked as a Senior Planner for the City of Key West under Ty Symroski.
While working for the City, Owen's colleagues elected him to represent their interests on the City Prension Board. In 2003, Owen left public service and entered the private sector working under Donald Craig. In 2004, Owen and his partner, Richard Puente, formed Trepanier & Associates - Land Planners and Development Consultants.
Owen has served on the Boards of Reef Relief, the Bahama Village Consortium, Habitat for Humanity, the Truman Waterfront Advisory Board and the Florida Keys Foster and Adoptive Parent Association.
A native Floridian, born and raised in Jacksonville, Kevin earned a BS from Stetson University in Environmental Science and Biology. Kevin has nearly a decade of experience in Florida local government planning and is an AICP certified Planner as well as an ISA certified Arborist. Kevin's planning experience ranges from regional military joint land use planning to GIS scenario planning to zoning and technical site plan review. Kevin is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Administration.