Heritage Business International helps cultural heritage organizations increase their value, sustainability, and impact in a global marketplace. We help your organization become stronger by providing:
Our premise is simple: the stronger your business, the greater your chance of achieving your heritage goals. We bring heritage-specific business expertise to
Increase your organization’s value, sustainability, and heritage impact!
Christopher holds both a Ph.D. in anthropology and an M.B.A. in business administration. He is a DMI Certified Digital Marketing Professional and AMA Professional Certified Marketer-Digital Marketing. He has held senior and executive positions, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President, Regional Manager, and Office Director, for leading heritage and environmental firms. Like many, though, his start in the heritage industry was as a laboratory and field technician.
Christopher believes that professional service is an important part of practice. He has served his profession as the President of the American Cultural Resources Association, President of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Treasurer of the Society for American Archaeology, Editor of Advances in Archaeological Practice: A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology, and Treasurer of Archaeology Southwest. Since he returned to school to complete his M.B.A., his passion has been bringing better business practices to the heritage industry.
Lourdes is currently finishing her bachelor's degree in archeology at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mexico along with her thesis about the archeology of the body among the Maya culture. She is a native Spanish speaker with more than 10 years of continuous English learning. Her interests are gender and sexuality in prehispanic cultures, and she is looking forward to a master's degree in the upcoming years.
Dr. John R. Welch provides field and archival research and expert testifying witness services in archaeology, Native American land use, and cultural resource/heritage management. Dr. Welch’s trial, evidence preparation, and consultation experience centers on compliance with federal cultural resource protection statutes, Native American boarding schools, and the identification, assessment, and valuation of damage resulting from violations of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and related laws. Dr. Welch served for more than a decade as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the White Mountain Apache and is a professor of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Dr. Welch’s current research, outreach, and expert work is based in Tucson, Arizona.
Katie Portman is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and a recent graduate of the University of Arizona with a Master's degree in Anthropology. She is a trained dendrochronologist with a specialization in geospatial analysis, and she has field experience in Canada, Ireland, Greece, and across the southwestern U.S. Her research interests include human-environment interaction, Indigenous histories, and heritage conservation. Katie lives in Tucson with her fiancé and a pit bull mix named Sandy.
Heritage Business International is organized as an L3C corporation in Vermont, United States. An L3C is a low-profit, social enterprise venture that has a stated goal of performing a socially beneficial purpose, not maximizing profits.
The heritage industry is comprised of a variety of for-profit, non-profit, and low-profit organizations in the following sectors.
Do you have an M.B.A., a master’s degree in a heritage discipline, and heritage work experience? If you do, we certainly want to hear from you! We sometimes have full-time positions available and often have part-time and project-based work for which we need help. Even if you are not currently available or aren’t looking for employment, we would still love to know who you are. Please contact us.