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WAVE3.com: Remembering Wayne Estopinal, LouCity FC co-founder, who died in plane crash

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Architect, philanthropist and founder of Louisville City FC, Wayne Estopinal, 63, was killed Friday morning in a small plane crash in southern Indiana.

So many kind words are being used to describe who he was.

Passionate, intense, generous, and thoughtful are just a few that a long-time co-worker chose to describe Estopinal. For more on this story, please go to WAVE3.com.

Estopinal, founder of Louisville-based TEG Architects, spoke to The Lane Report for its October issue on architects. Click here for the story.

“It’s a fun job,” said Wayne Estopinal. “What we do every day (create and build new facilities) most of our clients do once or twice in a career.”

Estopinal spoke by phone in early September from Louisiana on a day he had meetings with two clients in the health-care sector in different parts of that state. TEG specializes in health care and has “about 60 employees” today, nearly double the 32 it had in 2008.

The following statement was issued by TEG Architects:

Near mid-day on Friday, November 30, we received information that a tragic plane crash had occurred in Southern Indiana. The passengers involved included our founder/president, Wayne Estopinal, Sandy Johnson, vice president of business development, and our pilot, Andrew Davis.

Wayne founded TEG 29 years ago. He was a visionary, an innovator and capable of extraordinary architecture resulting from his incredibly hard work ethic and uncompromising attention to client satisfaction. His extensive experience of health care planning and design concentration has produced more than 3,900 health care projects for more than 290 clients nationwide.

Wayne was also a superior teacher to all of his staff. He generously shared his time to mentor, educate and inspire others while striving to promote quality and efficiency in design. In addition to inspiring many staff, he provided exceptional internships to more than 140 architectural student interns; immersing them in all aspects of planning and design.

A native of Shreveport, La. and vice president of business development at TEG, Sandy was an extraordinary liaison for the firm. Her client-focused service was comprised of exceptional responsiveness and an incredible attention to detail. The dedication to her family, staff, clients, colleagues that she possessed was unlike any other.

Andrew, although new to the firm, was a seasoned pilot, but most importantly a dedicated, loving husband and father. He was a native of Sellersburg, Ind. and attended Northside Christian Church.

While grieving, the TEG family will recover and looks forward to continuing to provide our services. Our partners, Ernie Dreher, Kyle Wilson and Joel Wallace will ensure our firm will continue to meet the same high-quality standards, uncompromising commitment, and outstanding effort that Wayne expected.