Riverhouse Properties (RP) is the parent company for Belle Terrace and award-winning wedding and event venues such as The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam, Connecticut and The Society Room in Hartford, Connecticut. Riverhouse Properties is a management and ownership group that specializes in bringing event facilities to life. Together, with Riverhouse Catering, a separate off-site catering company, RP excels in providing creative food, unique venues and the most thoughtful approach to customer service. The corporate office is in Haddam, CT and can be reached at 860-345-4100.
Jim graduated from Purdue University Calumet in 1993 with a BS in Restaurant, Hotel & Institutional Management. Jim successfully managed Food & Beverage and Engineering Departments, Restaurants, and Hotels for over 22 years for companies such as Radisson, Marriott and White Lodging before joining the Riverhouse Properties team in 2005 as an owner and managing partner. Jim's extensive experience in management and sales as well as facility maintenance makes him uniquely qualified to lead the effort in new ventures. When the landlord of the failed restaurant/banquet hall, Joe Blacks in downtown Hartford, needed a top-notch caterer to take over and avoid a P.R. nightmare, Jim assembled a team from our vast resources at Riverhouse Catering and took over operations. Within a few short months, Riverhouse Properties had signed a long-term lease and The Society Room of Hartford was born. A similar scenario unfolded in the spring of 2010 when GE Capital called to ask for assistance with the Avon Old farms Inn. GE needed a top-notch operator to come in and immediately take over all scheduled events. Riverhouse Properties jumped right in and within a year, facilitated the completion of over $1M in renovations and signed a long term lease unveiling Belle Terrace at Avon Old Farms.
With hand-picked General Managers running the day-to-day operations of the Riverhouse Properties facilities, Jim oversees their continued growth and success, while looking for the next big opportunity for our renowned off-site venture Riverhouse Catering and its parent company Riverhouse Properties.
Mark graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY in 1989 with a BS in Hotel/ Resort Management, and then in 1994 with an MS in Hotel/Tourism/ Service Mgt. His career has included Food and Beverage and Rooms Management for convention centers and for hotels. Mark began his Catering career at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center where he was solely responsible for booking all functions and planning each event from beginning to end. After 3 years in that role Mark moved to the Food and Beverage Director position at the Convention Center. In both roles he would be responsible for events from 200-4500 attendees. During this time Mark established Riverside Productions, which is a catering business for on-site and off-site functions at the Convention Center which remains successful today.
Mark's tenure in the hotel business has included working for companies such as Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Marriott, and Radisson. At the Radisson Star Plaza and Theater he worked two years as Resident Manager, overseeing capital budgeting, renovations, and day-to-day resort operations. Next step for Mark was three years as Director of Sales and Marketing; leading a team of sales managers to a record year. Mark was voted Sales Director of the Year out of 60 hotels before leaving the industry in 1998 to start Home Sweet Homes, LLC, a real estate investment company, with Trevor Furrer. Mark is also a licensed real estate broker affiliated with William Raveis Real Estate.
Trevor graduated from Pace University in 1992 with a BA in Business Administration. Trevor's banking career began with Citibank in 1988 as a mortgage counselor. After graduation from Citicorp's Management Associate program, Trevor worked at several Citibank branches in various sales and management capacities. After obtaining NASD brokerage licenses, Trevor went on to managing investment and credit portfolios for high net worth clients through Citicorp Investment Services. After eight years with Citicorp, Trevor spent two years providing investment planning and brokerage services for clients with First Union Brokerage Services at seven Fairfield County, CT branches before leaving the industry in 1998 to start Home Sweet Homes, LLC.
In the twelve years since its inception, Home Sweet Homes, LLC (HSH) has purchased, renovated, and managed over 250 residential and commercial units. After trimming the portfolio significantly in 2006 to fund the construction of The Riverhouse, HSH continues to own and manage properties in Connecticut.
Steven is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a degree in Architecture with graduate level training in Urban Design, as well as a Bachelors degree in Historic Preservation. He is registered in Connecticut, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Steven is vice-chairman of the Board of the Greater Middletown Preservation Trust, and a board member of the Haddam Historical Society. Prior positions include subcommittee chair of the Main Street Committee in Middletown, a member of the Executive Board of the Middletown Armory Cultural Center, as well as the Chairman of the Haddam division of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce.
Steven has been the Project Architect for a number of large architectural and Master Planning projects, including healthcare, institutional, and commercial commissions. Recent projects include The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam, Shiloh Christian Church in Middletown, Meriden Christadelphia Church, Mariners Point condominiums, a mid-rise tower overlooking the Long Island Sound, as well as several residential commissions. Steve has consulted to the Haddam Economic Development Commission, developing ways to stimulate business activity in the villages which enhances the character of the Town, as well as to the City of Middletown for redevelopment of the riverfront. Construction Management, development, and general contracting experience includes The Riverhouse, The Estates at Walden Woods in Weston, CT, consisting of several large residences, as well as Walkley Heights in Haddam, a community of 40 wooded home sites over 180 acres, interwoven with paths and greenbelts. Additionally, Mr. Rocco has completed a number of design/build residential projects in Haddam and Middlesex County over the course of twenty five years.