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Tricia Esser

Chief Executive Officer | Board of Directors

Tricia Esser


Tricia Esser is the Chief Executive Officer of KTGY, one of the nation’s leading full-service architecture, branding, interior design and planning firms. KTGY currently has more than 400 professional team members working in six offices: Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland and Tysons.


Tricia assumed her role of CEO in 2006 at the start of the financial crisis that saw the demise of more than an estimated ten percent of architectural firms across the country. In spite of the economic downturn, under Ms. Esser’s leadership, the firm took on no debt and never reported a loss. Her strategic insight, direction and supportive leadership contribute significantly to the firm’s ongoing growth, stability and profitability; as a result KTGY’s growing performance figures have helped attract and retain the industry’s best architects and planners.


Tricia joined the firm as Controller in 1991, just one month after it opened its doors. In 1995 she was invited to become a Partner, and three years later was promoted to Chief Financial Officer where her responsibilities included all of the firm’s real estate acquisitions and leases and shareholder stock transactions. In this role she designed a series of innovative contractual changes which led to simplified and more efficient negotiating terms that opened the doors to previously restricted areas of opportunity.


As CEO, Tricia is responsible for setting the vision and direction of KTGY, managing day-to-day operations and playing a significant role in new business development both domestically and overseas. Tricia is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); NAHB Professional Women in Building and the Building Industry Association of Orange County. She also serves on the Board of 211OC, an organization that helps those in need to identify and access social services in Orange County. She is a member of Vistage-CEO leadership development.


Bachelor of Arts in Communications
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA


American Institute of Architects, AIA