LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 2, 2013) — Two members of Luckett & Farley’s leadership retired at the end of 2012 after a combined 70 years of service.
Gail Miller, vice president, began her career at Luckett & Farley in 1985 in the accounting department. Brenda Shelton, manager of administrative services, started with the firm in 1969.
“We’ve seen a lot of changes,” Shelton said.
Perhaps one of the most significant changes in recent years has been the firm’s commitment to succession planning and leadership development.
“When we joined this firm it was already a great place, but we’ve made some great strides the last few years to make it even better and I’m so proud to have been a part of that,” Miller said. “I’m confident that trend is going to continue. I’m thrilled that I have such a capable crew to carry on in my place.”
With 29 percent of Luckett & Farley’s workforce eligible to retire in the next decade, the firm’s leadership made a substantial investment as part of its strategic plan to make sure internal leadership transitions were seamless.
“One of the challenges the firm leadership recognized was planning for what happens next after our Baby Boomers retire,” said Ed Jerdonek, president and CEO of Luckett & Farley. “There’s a lot of institutional knowledge and professional relationships and trust that could be lost if we don’t manage the transition process effectively. I believe we’re doing it the right way.”
Recent strategic hires locally and from across the country are preparing Luckett & Farley for its next leadership transition.
“While the 160-year heritage, project portfolio and technological acumen of Luckett & Farley is truly incredible among our industry, what really makes us stand out is our A/E Employer of Choice Continuum. That’s what brings people to our door and keeps great people such as Gail and Brenda for so long,” Jerdonek said. “It’s a formula of common sense and common decency driven by a commitment and vision to make sure we deliver the best technological solutions and service for our clients well into the future.”
Roger Campbell, senior accountant, will be taking the place of Miller this month. He has been with the firm 14 years. Nicole Dorion, director of first impressions, is assuming Shelton’s position. She has been with the firm six years.
Luckett & Farley is a Louisville-based multi-disciplinary architectural, engineering, interior design, program management and construction management organization. It also has offices in New Albany, Ind., Nashville and New York City. The firm has practiced in Louisville since 1853, representing one of the longest continuing practices in the nation.