Board Members

Buckhead Heritage’s Board is comprised of a group whose diverse experience and skills as civic leaders, historic preservationists, historians, and corporate executives provide a thorough perspective in overseeing the implementation of its Mission.

Board Member Bios:

Executive Committee

Tamara Bazzle (President)  - Mrs. Bazzle, a Buckhead native, is a retired interior designer who also serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Atwood House Museum/Chatham Historical Society in Chatham, Massachusetts. An active community volunteer, she has served on the boards of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta Preservation Center, the Samaritan Counseling Center and Canterbury Court. She is a founding member of Buckhead Heritage. 

E. Fay Pearce (Vice-President) - Fay Pearce is a fourth generation native of Atlanta.  He grew up in Ansley Park, completed elementary school at Spring Street School and was a member of the founding class of The Westminster Schools in 1951.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.  After 33 years with The Coca-Cola Company, he retired as a Principal Engineer in the Corporate Technical Division.  He has served on the Board of the Historic Oakland Foundation and is currently serving as Board Member Emeritus of the Bobby Dodd Institute, a Board Member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.  He is a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, the Piedmont Driving Club, The Nine O’Clocks and the Society of Colonial Wars. 

John Beach, Jr. (Secretary) - John is a Lovett grad and partner at Paces Construction Co., where he focuses on preserving and updating Buckhead area homes. John is interested in the history and preservation of our built environment, and is active on several local boards. He is an occaisional guest lecturer at Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture, where he received his master’s of science degree in residential building. John and his wife Ann live in Buckhead and have one son, and two shorthair pointers.

Tres Carpenter, CFA (Treasurer) - Mr. Carpenter is a principal and research analyst at ZWJ Investment Counsel, which he joined in 2007. He is a Westminster Schools alum and received bachelor's degrees in economics and history from Hampden-Sydney College. He later completed his MBA at the University of California, Davis. Some of his current community involvement in Atlanta includes work with Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and Atlanta Technology Angels; he was also a founding board member of the Friends of Little Nancy Creek Park.


Board of Directors

Ivan Allen, IV - Mr. Allen is employed as Director, Business Development for Staples. Mr. Allen is actively involved with Hands on Atlanta. Along with wife Blain, and their four children, they all enjoy community restoration projects. Mr. Allen is also on the Board of Hope Homes and the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary.

Mike Armstrong - Mike moved to Buckhead from New York in the 1960’s, graduating from the Lovett School. He attended Washington and Lee University, majoring in European History, and received his MBA in finance and marketing from the Mason School at the College of William and Mary. Mike worked at Austin Kelley Advertising, First San Francisco Corp and Bankers Trust Company before becoming chief executive of the Gimborn Company. He was a principle with the Monarch Company, and currently a general partner at AFP, Ltd. He is a former trustee at W & L, has served as the finance chair on the Frazer Center board for 8 years, and is the Treasurer on the Children’s Rehabilitation Center board. His wife Jane Lauderdale Armstrong is known to many around Buckhead as a 2nd generation Westminster teacher. They have 2 children, David and Kate. 

Howard Benson - Howard Benson founded National Community Development Services, Inc. in 1977, and led the firm until his recent retirement. Located in Buckhead’s historic Cotton Exchange Building, the firm has worked with over 700 communities nationwide on fundraising, community and economic development, and historic preservation initiatives. Howard has longtime family connections to Buckhead and is interested in preserving Buckhead history and cultural resources. He is a graduate of Brevard College, and the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Georgia. His wife, Sheila, owns Foxglove Antiques & Galleries on Miami Circle, and they enjoy international travel and spending time with their 6 grandchildren.

Tracy Gray Monk - Ms. Monk grew up in Farmville, NC, graduated from The Lawrenceville School and Davidson College where she was Phi Betta Kappa, Cum Laude with a BA in Economics. Drawn to Atlanta because her mother grew up here, Tracy's passions include gardening, golf, travel, fitness, and history.  She is a member of the The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of Georgia, the Cherokee Garden Club where she serves as secretary of the Community Fund and Visiting Gardens Chair, the Piedmont Driving Club, and Northside United Methodist Church. She is also a member of the Cherokee Garden Library Board at the Atlanta History Center. 

James M. Ottley - James M. Ottley is a real estate lending and title attorney with Stout Kaiser Matteson Peake & Hendrick LLC where he manages the firm’s government guaranteed lending practice.  A fourth generation Atlantan, Mr. Ottley is also an active member of the Downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club (serving currently as Chair of the membership committee), The Breakfast Club, the Westminster Schools Alumni Association (serving most recently as class agent for the annual fund), the Georgia Lenders Quality Circle (serving currently as a board member) and the Inquiry Club, a longstanding Atlanta discussion and supper club.  Mr. Ottley  published two books on Atlanta history, entitled “Atlanta History for Cocktail Parties,”  and “Atlanta History for Cocktail Parties II – Another Round”.  He is a big fan of Franklin Garrett.

James Thomas - Joe Thomas is a third generation Atlantan and a Buckhead native.  He attended Dykes High School and the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia and graduated from the University of Tennessee Business School.  He is owner and Chariman of the Board for his family business, Arrow Exterminators, Inc.  Arrow is currently the sixth largest pest control company in the United States with over 100 service centers in the Southeastern and Southwestern United States.  He is a member of the Cathedral of St. Philip and Cherokee Town and Country Club.

Will House - Will is originally from Rome, Georgia and graduated from Darlington High School.  Will attended the University of Virginia, the University of Georgia School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  Will is a founder of Impact Capital Group, LLC in Atlanta.  He has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care and as a member of the Darlington High School Investment Committee.




Emeritus Board Members


Bob Helget  – Mr. Helget is retired from The Coca-Cola Company where he was a Director of Human Resources for the Middle East. Since retirement he has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations including the Atlanta Zoo, A.G. Rhodes Homes, the Southern Center for International Studies, the Atlanta Preservation Center, and historian for Sardis UMC. Mr. Helget is one of the original three founders of Buckhead Heritage.

Sam Massell – Mr. Massell is a life-long resident of Atlanta who has had successful careers in real estate brokerage, elected office, the field of tourism, and association management. Mr. Massell served twenty-two years in elected offices, including eight as President of Atlanta’s Board of Aldermen (now known as the City Council) and four as Atlanta’s Mayor. Massell now manages a nonprofit civic organization as the 1988 founding President of the Buckhead Coalition. This is a prestigious association of Chief Executive Officers of major businesses on the north side of Atlanta who have pooled their strengths to nurture the quality of life and guide the orderly growth of Buckhead. He is also on numerous Boards, including Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Speech School, and Buckhead Hospice.

Wright Mitchell – Mr. Mitchell is the founder of the law firm Mitchell Law. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Preservation Center, The Lovett School Alumni Executive Board and the Georgia Governor's Mansion Executive Fine Arts Committee. Mr. Mitchell has also served as the Vice Chairman of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.


Advisory Board Members

Mera Cardenas
Edward Daugherty, FASLA
Chris Hastings
Wright Marshall
Frances Westbrook