Rich Tennessen

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Rich Tennessen
President, Eppstein Uhen Architects
333 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee
Industry: Architecture
Employees: 175
Family: Wife, Jean and three children, ages 15, 18 and 21

What was the smartest thing your company did in the past year?

“We have continued to invest in our work spaces at our Milwaukee and Madison locations to improve the employee experience and help with attracting the top talent in and outside of Wisconsin. These changes have helped us with our growth efforts, and hiring staff from over 10 states outside of Wisconsin this past year.”

What’s new at your company?

“Our Madison office moved into a new space in the Ovation building, with additional amenities for employees, while our historic Milwaukee office went through a full interior renovation and the addition of an employee-centered rooftop terrace. We now have more small meeting and touchdown zones throughout the building and all our employees have sit/stand workstations to give them choice during the day.”

Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?

“Our philosophy is, the time is always right to hire great people. We plan on some strategic hires in the coming year, while also continuing to invest in training and development for our current staff.”

What will be your company’s main challenges in the next year?

“Continuing to stay ahead of the design and construction market in terms of demand. Finding new and innovative ways to deliver service to meet the needs of our clients.”

What’s the hottest trend in your industry?

“Leveraging emerging technologies to help clients. The software we use continues to evolve.  We are continuing exploration and use of virtual reality to help our clients experience design in a different way.”

Do you have a business mantra?

“It’s always the right time to do the right thing.”

What was the best advice you ever received?

“Earlier in my career, I was listening to some business strategy cassettes – remember those? The mantra of ‘Help others get what they want, and success for you will follow,’ always stuck with me. I have loosely translated it to not thinking about yourself, but focusing on helping everyone else, and things will naturally work out.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“Spending time with family and friends, and when the weather permits, I enjoy biking and hiking.”

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