Meet Kim Trent

Kim has a passion for breathing new life into historic buildings, neighborhoods and downtowns by crafting the real estate deals that make preservation possible.

Proven Experience & Expertise

Experience Counts. The preservation of historic places and buildings can be very gratifying and profitable, but it can also be frustrating if you don’t have an experienced preservation professional on your team. Kim Trent has more than 25 years of experience working to preserve and reimagine historic buildings and communities across the United States.

An Expert Advisor

  • Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Applications
  • Determination of Project Eligibility for Incentives
  • Consultation with Design and Construction Teams
  • Project Documentation, including Historical Research and Photography
  • State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Applications
  • Historic Preservation Project Consulting
  • Facilitation of Preservation Easement Donations
  • Identification of Equity Investors
  • Identification of Financial Incentives for Preservation Projects

A Track Record of Success

  • Certified Historic Real Estate Development Professional by the National Development Council.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation – Board of Trustees (2010-2012)
  • National Association of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) Expert Trainer – Historic Preservation Financial Incentives
  • Preservation Action – National Board of Directors
  • Tennessee Preservation Trust – Board of Directors

Kim combines a passion for preservation with the drive and patience necessary to create long-term success. She also brings the professional relationships and development expertise necessary to be successful. Over the last 25 years she has put her abilities to work in the following ways:

  • Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Historic Preservation and Preservation Easement consulting for clients in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
  • Developed contacts at the local, state and national level that can be brought to the table for development projects.
  • Worked with the City of Knoxville, Regal Cinemas, design professionals and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to incorporate historic structures into the construction of a new $11.5 million downtown multi-screen theater. The project included the use of New Market and Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits and resulted in the retention of additional retail and restaurant development in the historic buildings.
  • Facilitated the relationship between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation that resulted in $6 million in New Market and Historic Preservation Tax Credits being invested in the restoration of the theatre.
  • Expanded Knox Heritage’s real estate program to include construction, preservation easements, Historic Tax Credit consulting, National Register nominations and preservation planning for real estate developers and local governments.
  • Managed the restoration of eleven historic structures and directed the marketing and sale of those properties.
  • Worked with developers, government officials, lenders and economic development professionals to facilitate the development of residential and retail projects in downtown Knoxville and communities across the region.
  • Worked with four city and county government administrations, citizens, non-profit groups, businesses and media outlets to communicate the important role of historic preservation in economic development activities.
  • Managed and facilitated the growth of the local preservation organization as its budget grew by 500% and created an Endangered Properties Fund with over $250,000 in assets.
  • Led Knox Heritage’s successful $1.3 million capital campaign to acquire and restore Historic Westwood as the organization’s headquarters and Regional Center for Historic Preservation.
  • Kim is a highly self-motivated professional with excellent writing, editing, public speaking, communication and public relations skills; proven abilities in historic preservation consulting, planning and management of programs, publications, media relations, special events, and training.

Awards and Recognition

• East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects inaugural Friend of Architecture Award
• 2014 YWCA Tribute to Women Honoree
• 2000 President’s Citation for Excellence in Historic Preservation – Knox Heritage
• Metropolitan Planning Commission Excellence Awards for Historic Preservation – 1997, 2000 and 2008
• Leadership Knoxville Class of 2001
• CAC Community Leadership Class of 1998

A History of Civic Leadership

• National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Directors
• National Trust for Historic Preservation – Statewide and Local Partners Chairperson and Executive Committee
• Knoxville Executive Women’s Association
• Town Hall East Board of Directors
• Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation Board of Directors • Knoxville Opera Board of Directors
• Knoxville Botanical Gardens Board of Directors
• Tennessee Stage Company Board of Directors
• Downtown Advisory Committee Technical Assistance Team
• Knox Heritage 500 Block Theater Task Force
• Knox Heritage – Past President
• Tennessee Preservation Trust – Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee Chairperson
• Knoxville Empowerment Zone – Communications Chairperson
• Knoxville Mayor’s Task Force on Historic Preservation
• Knoxville Mayor’s Working Group on Alternative Building Code for Historic Buildings
• Bijou Theatre Board of Directors – Executive Committee
• City of Knoxville Convention Center Advisory Group
• Historic Parkridge Neighborhood Home Tour – Chairperson
• Preservation Action – National Board of Directors
• City of Knoxville Internet Users Task Force
• Economic Ventures – Community Micro Loan Advisory Board
• East Tennessee Community Design Center – Board of Directors
• Knoxville News-Sentinel Community Cornerstone Awards Judge