Christner, Inc. Announces CEO John Reeve’s Retirement and Firm’s Succession Plan

By on January 8, 2018

Architectural design firm Christner, Inc. announced today that current president and CEO, John Reeve, will retire after 42 years with the company. His retirement will take effect on March 30, 2018. He will redeem his remaining equity and transition his responsibilities to a three-person “Office of the President.”

“To ensure continuity for our clients and lay a strong foundation for the firm’s future, we’ve been diligently working on a succession plan over the past several years,” said Reeve. “We’ve been intentional about recruiting and developing a talented next generation team. I couldn’t be more proud or excited.”

The “Office of the President” will be comprised of Shanna Wiechel (managing principal, operations), Jeff Ryan (managing principal, design), and Stacey Wehe (managing principal, marketing).

“We’re committed to making this a seamless transition for our employees, our clients and industry partners,” said Wiechel. “John will work closely with us in first quarter to transfer key responsibilities and relationships.”

During Reeve’s 22 years of leadership, Christner has earned a national reputation in strategic facility planning for healthcare and education clients across the country. In our St. Louis regional market, Christner has gained recognition for client-centered design excellence.

As chief operating officer, Shanna Wiechel has been integral to ensuring Christner is known both for great client service and as a great place to work. She has served Christner for more than 15 years. Jeff Ryan, current director of design, has more than 20 years of experience translating clients’ visions into design principles and strategies. Stacey Wehe, education market leader, brings projects to life through her meticulous project management skills and commitment to ensuring clients are delighted.

“This is an exciting opportunity to chart Christner’s next chapter,” said Ryan. “We will be initiating a rigorous strategic planning process to crystalize our vision, which centers on design excellence, technical sophistication and responsive service.”

“We wish John all the best on his well-deserved retirement, and look forward to sharing our strategic outlook for the future of Christner in the coming months,” added Wehe.

In addition to Wiechel, Ryan and Wehe, Christner’s ownership group includes Dan Jay, David Kehm, Laurel Harrington and Tom Van Landingham. Dan Jay will continue to service his clients and will report to the Office of the President in his role as the firm’s chief financial officer.

Christner is a 60-person architecture, planning and design firm in Clayton, Missouri, with a 55-year legacy of unique and programmatically complex projects for top-tier owners in healthcare, education, research, corporate and civic markets. Christner’s strategic planning services and award-winning designs are valued for providing solutions that support our clients’ vision. Our professional culture and work environment emphasizes collaboration, creativity and respect for diversity.


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