Rick Batson Announces Retirement
Robert Irwin - October 25, 2016
After 40 years of service, Rick Batson has stepped down as CEO of TurnerBatson. Rick will continue at the firm in an emeritus role working on special projects and nurturing client relationships for the foreseeable future.
"I am delighted to announce that I am transitioning from an owner of TurnerBatson to an employee—back to where I began some 40 years ago," Batson said. "The strength and excellence of the TurnerBatson team has allowed me to do this. This transition has been a long-term plan to celebrate the effort and commitment of partners Dave Reese and Eric Berg and to allow for the continued growth and expansion of TurnerBatson."
Rick's first experience in the architecture industry came in junior high when he worked as a print runner for his father, S. Edgar Batson, and his grandfather, George P. Turner—the original founder of the firm. He joined TurnerBatson professionally in 1976 and became CEO in 1979. Since then, he has been involved in hundreds of projects and developed countless relationships with people in the industry.
President Dave Reese and Principal Eric Berg will continue to lead the firm after Rick's retirement. "I am so grateful for Rick's leadership and support for all these years," Reese said, "and I'm thrilled for him to be able to enjoy some time for himself and his family while he is still so young. He has an amazing legacy at TurnerBatson, and he has empowered and equipped the next generation to uphold a culture of service excellence and teamwork."
"Rick has provided us with opportunities that many of us would never have realized if it hadn't been for his vision, leadership, and support," Berg said. "He has supported us when we made mistakes, encouraged us to continue to grow, and cheered us on for our successes. Dave and I, along with the rest of our outstanding staff, look forward to the continuing legacy of building meaningful relationships and providing outstanding service to our clients at TurnerBatson."
Since its founding in 1924, TurnerBatson has developed a reputation of expertise in corporate, senior care, worship, and education markets. Our relationship-focused service has been the secret to our success. We're grateful for our clients, and we look forward to continuing to build on these relationships in the future.