Craig Porter

Craig Porter

Founder and Chief Executive Officer View Details
Nick Crisci

Nick Crisci

Chief Operating Officer View Details
Dave Porter

Dave Porter

Chief Financial Officer View Details
Dave Tilson

Dave Tilson

Director Client Services View Details
Kurt Whaley

Kurt Whaley

Preconstruction Director View Details
Jim Spear

Jim Spear

Construction Director View Details
Jim Tschilar

Jim Tschilar

Construction Director View Details
Dan Horton

Dan Horton

Safety Manager View Details
Craig Porter

Craig Porter

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Craig Porter is the Founder and CEO of The Renaissance Companies, he is responsible for all company Operations including marketing, construction bidding, maintenance of client relationships, and financial management.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering from Arizona State University. He has been involved with both development and construction entities his experience in both markets spans over 26 years.

Craig is a big supporter of charities and charitable organizations, and donates to Autism Research, Breast Cancer Research, Foundation for Blind Children, Xavier College Preparatory and Brophy College Preparatory institutions and donated The Renaissance Companies time and materials to the building of the New Life center, a shelter for battered women and children.

Craig was elected to the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Catholic Healthcare West, for a three year term.

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Nick Crisci

Nick Crisci

Chief Operating Officer

Nick oversees all business operations and is responsible for the companies P&L, business planning and client relations. In addition to construction operations, he is responsible for overseeing business development, employee training, information technology, risk management, corporate communications and enhancing safety and quality control. Nick is passionate in raising money for breast cancer research, and participates in other various charities in the community. Nick has been in the construction industry for over 30 years and started his career in New York City as a carpenter and a member of the Local Union 531. Since his early days Nick has been involved in building over $1 billion in major commercial projects in healthcare, student housing, office buildings, education and public works. Nick enjoys spending his time with his wife Valerie and his four kids. He likes hockey, baseball, football and golf.

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Dave Porter

Dave Porter

Chief Financial Officer

Dave Porter is the CFO of The Renaissance Companies. Dave manages the accounting, financial, information systems, and risk management. Dave graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Corporate Finance. He then entered the commercial banking industry where he spent 20 years and completed his career by managing a commercial banking team. Dave is active in the community with both civic and nonprofit responsibilities. He is quite passionate with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. He has served on this board from 2000 to present participating in program and fundraising committees. Currently he is also on the board of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce and the advisory board of First Scottsdale Bank.

Dave is an Arizona native, he and his wife Annie are proud parents of their two boys Joshua and Evan. The family enjoys sports and outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and skiing.

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Dave Tilson

Dave Tilson

Director Client Services

Dave has been in the construction and development industry for over 40 years starting his career as an Estimator. He also spent 10 years in property management and leasing a 300,000 SF office and industrial park. His knowledge and service in the construction industry, as well as his social and civic connections has enabled him to be able to bring multiple clients to the table and many of these clients have been repeat customers here at The Renaissance Companies. Dave served on the Board of Directors of NAIOP, as well as the Board of Directors of The Fiesta Bowl and served as chairman of the board. Dave ensures that all our projects and interactions with our clients run smoothly from start to finish. Dave enjoys spending time with his grandchildren as well as hiking and camping.

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Kurt Whaley

Kurt Whaley

Preconstruction Director

Kurt has been in the construction industry for 35 years. He manages, coordinates and delivers the preconstruction phases of a project and extensive client contacts for The Renaissance Companies and Renaissance Residential. He leads a great team of estimators who prepare and analyze cost models during the bidding period and makes sure a preliminary construction schedule has been developed for each estimate/bid. Kurt Ensure all estimates and bids are complete and reflect all that is required to build the project before handing it off to our construction team.
Kurt has a great deal of Residential experience, but takes pride in his educational, theater, museums and stadium work as well.
Kurt enjoys spending time with his wife Linda, their two children and two grandchildren. He loves the outdoors of Arizona and Colorado, hiking, biking, boating, snow skiing and traveling.

Jim Spear

Jim Spear

Construction Director

Jim leads the construction team and the transitioning of all construction efforts into construction. Jim has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and his expertise spans all construction on types at all levels of quality and all types of delivery methods. He has millions of square feet of development and construction projects including office, retail, medical, industrial, hospitality, housing, parking structures and site improvements.
Jim is an Arizona Native and is a big enthusiast of off road racing especially of the two wheel nature.

Jim Tschilar

Jim Tschilar

Construction Director

Jim leads the construction team and the transitioning of all construction efforts into construction. His focus is on The Renaissance Companies Facilities Construction Group. Jim has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry and his expertise spans all construction on types at all levels of quality and all types of delivery methods. He has millions of square feet of development and construction projects including office, retail, medical, industrial, hospitality, and healthcare.
Jim enjoys golfing, checking out new restaurants and cooking in his spare time.

Dan Horton

Dan Horton

Safety Manager

With over 40 years of experience Dan brings a wealth of knowledge to The Renaissance Companies. Dan was formerly the Director of the Division of Occupational Health and Safety for the State of Arizona and the Owner of Safety Advisory Services, a loss control consulting firm, in Scottsdale. Dan is a past member of the Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Committee and worked with a company for 7 years at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station as their Safety Manager.
Dan enjoys spending time with his significant other, his four children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter. He likes to fish, hunt, golf, and 60’s and 70’s trucks.

The Renaissance Companies will continue our commitment to Safety and our Project Safety Program to achieve our goal of an accident free workplace and job-sites. To successfully accomplish this each employee will continue to keep Safety a #1 priority.