Hoefer Wysocki Promotes Rob Welker to President

 

Rob Welker

Hoefer Wysocki is proud to announce that Rob Welker has been promoted to President.  For the past several years, he’s provided leadership in managing renewal business and aggressively cultivating new business opportunities.  A key to his growth strategy is a focus that magnifies the firm’s culture and the appreciation and understanding of the relationships and teaming required to achieve outstanding results in the planning, design and construction of projects.

As a strong advocate of the design-build methodology, he believes and stresses the importance of ONE!  One voice, one group, one team and most importantly, ONE FAMILY!

Congratulations Rob!

Rob Welker was also featured in the Kansas City Business Journal today, interviewed by Austin Alonzo. “Newsmaker: Hoefer Wysocki’s Welker Wants to Build ‘One-Stop-Shop'”

Rob Welker, newly minted president of Hoefer Wysocki Architecture, is bringing business and contracting experience to the Leawood firm. Welker, a partner, isn’t an architect, but he is helping the firm add business, expand its geographic reach and build new market sectors.

Welker is a busy man, splitting his time between Kansas City and the firm’s new office in Dallas and working late nights routinely. But he makes time to play soccer with his boys and keep his yard lush. If only he could find more time for taekwondo.

Why an office in Dallas?
As a full-service architectural firm — we also do interior design and planning — we’ve been providing services coast to coast, and in 2014, as we saw the market really heating up, we decided to move forward and open an office in Dallas with really the primary goal of developing and driving the growth of Hoefer Wysocki.

(The Dallas office) allowed our Kansas City office to focus on the Midwest and our Dallas office to focus on the South. Our goal and our future is adding additional offices, but we’re trying to strategically put us in markets before we even show up in those other regions. I think what’s been great out of opening (the Dallas office) is it’s been able to expand our outreach to recruit talent that sometimes we couldn’t get.

So we did it for two reasons: as a growth opportunity for the company, and revenues and building types, and No. 2, for our people.

Are there any other expansion plans to discuss?
The timeline I don’t know — is it one year or five years? — but we want to get on the West Coast and probably the Southeast. Those are our two next markets we really want to chase. We’re getting our bearings in Dallas right now, and we’ve been working in Texas for the last eight to 10 years. Having the actual shingle and our name out there, it’s a big difference.

What’s next for HWA?
There’s a lot. We added three market sectors that we weren’t primarily doing two years ago. Having the original — health care, commercial and the judicial group — and now adding multifamily, hospitality, higher education and retail. It’s diversifying.

Right now, our biggest market is health care, but if you look at how health care is being delivered today, it’s being delivered in a mixed-use environment. All of our building types that we were doing are now combined with one another on one campus. We wanted to get those additional building types and add them into our portfolio so we can be a one-stopshop for an entire campus.

We’re trying to create places. … The future to me is the whole collaboration of the mixed-use development. It’s all building types in one location. That’s why we’ve added all these different market sectors.

Tell me about your family life.
I have a wife of 18 years and two boys, 11 and 12. I try to be a partner at home, and if I can help out in the mornings, because I usually work later in the evenings, I want to be able to help out by making breakfast for the boys and cleaning the kitchen and making sure they’re on the bus. It’s a big deal to me whenever I can do that because I have great conversations with them one-on-one, and you get a lot out of them first thing in the morning. On the weekends, I try to hang up the (business) hat and try and become a focused father and husband.

Soccer is our life with our kids. We have six to eight games every weekend all year long. We have no family in Kansas City, so we’re it, and we rely on each other very much.

How do you unwind?
You’re going to think I’m nuts, but I love working in my yard because it’s the only time that I can’t answer my phone, and no one really interrupts me. My wife says I don’t have time to do it, but I say this is where I decompress. I love a lush landscape. I love playing in it. I love being part of it. Being part of the environment relaxes me. Kids don’t really want to help you in the yard.

The big thing is being part of my boys’ soccer programs. I love watching them play. I love talking to them about the game. I love watching the games with them. We definitely love going to sporting activities together.

What’s your favorite toy in the shed?
I do like my concrete saw. It’s kind of big and bad. I think everyone should have a power washer — that’s one of my favorite tools — to keep your driveway steps and garage spotless. The lawn mower is not my favorite, but I am super (anal retentive) about straight lines in the yard. They have to line up correctly.

Any little-known facts about yourself you’d like to share?
Soccer is my No. 1 passion. I love being part of that and watching it and playing with my kids. But also, taekwondo. I’m a second-degree black belt. We do self-defense training. I like that. It’s a lot of fun. I haven’t been able to do it more recently because of my travels. But it’s discipline. And I love having the challenge. You can’t rely on anyone else — it’s you in taekwondo. …

We used to have Friday night as my fight night. We had a group of guys that I would typically spar against on Fridays, and we were always hurt because we’re just getting too old and beating the crap out of each other.

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Hoefer Wysocki Promotes Chris Andersen to Chief Financial Officer

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Hoefer Wysocki is proud to announce that Chris Andersen has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Under his leadership as a partner within our firm, we have seen annual revenue and staff size more than triple in recent years, even through the economical downturns. Beyond this significant local growth, Chris has played a pivotal part as we embark on our first venture into national growth with the recent addition of an office in Dallas.  He led our efforts to find office space that is both appropriate for this start-up and flexible enough to allow for anticipated growth.

One of the largest differentiators making Chris exceptional in his role as our CFO is the distinct combination of his educational and professional backgrounds. In addition to holding an MBA, Chris has also been a licensed architect for the past 16 years.  Having practiced as an architect, he has a unique perspective of the industry giving him the ability to effectively navigate, and merge, the distinct black and white lines of accounting and the gray areas found in the always subjective world of architecture.

Congratulations, Chris!

Hoefer Wysocki Wins Award at Color + Couture Kansas City

Inspired by the radiance of a diamond, this garment mixes layering with dimensionality and sophistication. Watch the unveiling of this textural transformation.

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Friday was an exciting night for our Interiors Department, as they were awarded ‘Exceptional Use of Color’ for their design at International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Mid-America Chapter’s Color + Couture. Teamed with Koroseal, they were assigned vinyl wall covering which made up the majority of the dress. The theme this year was “A Radiant Collection” based on the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year. Congratulations to all the winners!

Hoefer Wysocki Hosts Back To School Drive

It’s that time of year again—kids start heading back to school today. Some kids will not have the luxury of being able to attend school with all the necessary items. Hoefer Wysocki Architecture hosted a back to school drive in efforts to collect school uniforms and school supplies for the kids at Spofford Home, a local nonprofit in Kansas City that provides prevention and therapeutic treatment services to children ages 4-12 suffering the effects of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and mental health disorders. Please visit their website to donate today!

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Hoefer Wysocki Makes 2014 Top Architecture Firms

We’re very proud to be on Building Design + Construction Magazine’s 2014 Giants 300 Report of Top Architecture Firms. This list ranks the leading firms in the architectural, engineering and construction industry by building-type revenue, green building work, BIM revenue, and more. Review the entire list here.

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Spring Hill Police Station Dedication

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Spring Hill Mayor Steven Ellis recently dedicated the new police station to Donald Stephens. Pictured above is wife of Stephens, Paula, and Police Chief Richard Mann, cutting the ribbon to honor her late husband. The station has been dedicated to him as he served on the Spring Hill Public Safety Advisory Board and the Fire District #1 Board of Directors. He had a long history of civic and community service including Mayor from 1991-1992, City Council Member and Council President from 1985-1991.

Hoefer Wysocki Architecture Continues to Grow!

Cohen, Yoney 06-2014Yony Cohen returns to Hoefer Wysocki after an eight year hiatus while working in Israel, where he has lived most of his life. With a degree from the University of Kansas, he is also a licensed architect and a LEED accredited professional in Israel. Yony was one of the first five employees when Hoefer Wysocki opened our doors in 1996. We’re excited to have him back!

 

 

 

James Evrard 2James Evrard, Associate AIA, joins our architecture department. With a B.A. degrees from Kansas State University and the University of Missouri – Kansas City, he has also studied architecture in Italy and has participated in competitions centered in the U.S., Europe and Asia. James is a founding member of Architecture for Humanity in Rhode Island, where many of his projects are located, but is excited to be back in Kansas City. We are excited to have him join our team!

 

 

Falk_RyanRyan Falk joins the Hoefer Wysocki team as an Intern Architect. He is currently attending the University of Kansas and completing a health and wellness internship through the university’s program. Originally from Onaga, Kansas, Ryan enjoys camping, hiking and fishing. We’re excited to have him join the team!

 

 

 

 

Connor, Amanda 06-2014Amanda Connor joins our interiors department as an Interior Designer. She is a recent graduate from Kansas State University, where she followed in her dad’s footsteps through the Interior Architecture and Product Design program to receive her masters. She was born and raised to be a diehard Cats fan and we’re excited to have her!

 

 

 

 

J32A4805Stephani Chaffin joins our interiors department as an Interior Designer. She is from Olathe, Kansas and is a recent graduate from Kansas State University receiving her Masters of Interior Architecture and Product Design. Stephani is currently busy planning her upcoming August wedding. We’re excited to have her part of the team!

 

 

 

Bryce CummingsBryce Cummings joins the Hoefer Wysocki team as an Intern Architect. He recently graduated from Kansas State University with a Masters of Architecture. His studies included a semester-long study abroad in Orvieto, Italy. Bryce joins us with professional construction experience gained through a previous internship in Colorado, his home state.  Welcome Bryce!

 

 

 

Kim, Kathy 06-2014Kathy Kim joins our team as an Intern Architect. She is a recent graduate with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Kansas and received a graduate certificate in health and wellness. Kathy is from St. Louis and joins us with previous work experience in Dallas, Texas. She enjoys hiking, volleyball and traveling. Help us welcome her to the team!

 

 

 

Thurlow, Megan 06-2014Megan Thurlow joins our marketing department this summer as an intern, focusing on providing graphic design support for our promotional materials. She is currently attending Kansas State University pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Business. Megan is from Chapman, Kansas and is a Pi Beta Phi alumni. We’re excited to have her on the team so she can show off her photography skills!

 

 

 

J32A4513Ashley Pyle joins Hoefer Wysocki as an Interior Designer with seven years of experience. She is a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Missouri. As a mother of two she keeps busy! Help us welcome her to the team.