Changes in Leadership at MSP Design

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Sharonville, Ohio, June 24, 2022 – McGill Smith Punshon, Inc. (MSP) announced today the retirement of MSP President, Steve Roat after 48 years with the company. Roat will remain on MSP’s board of directors serving as chairman of the board.

Steve Roat MSP Design President

“My last 14 years as president have been filled with many challenges, to be sure” said Roat. “But it was also a period where MSP flourished and experienced successes on many fronts. The recession of 2008-2009, the explosion of the land development industry starting in 2012, celebration of our 160th anniversary in 2016, the publication of our company history book Looking to the Past to Build a Better Future, the impacts of the pandemic in 2020 and now learning how to manage a largely remote workforce all have presented unique challenges requiring creative solutions.

“I am truly fortunate to have been, and continue to be, surrounded by immensely talented individuals and top notch outside advisors. I am confident that as Jose picks up the reins, his strengths in marketing, his focus on a collaborative culture and his commitment to keeping MSP an industry leader will serve the firm very well.”

Jose Castrejon Elected President

Jose Castrejon, VP Landscape Architecture and PlanningThe MSP Board of Directors has subsequently appointed Jose Castrejon as president, effective immediately.

“As his father Ron Roat did, Steve leaves a legacy of a career-long commitment to the success of MSP,” Castrejon said. “His strong leadership was most evident in times of crisis: during the 2008 recession and the COVID-19  pandemic. We are grateful for his leadership and commitment to helping make MSP what it is today. We are pleased that he will continue as chair of the board

of directors to help ensure a smooth transition.

“It is an honor and privilege to be selected as president of MSP. My goal, along with the MSP’s leadership team, is to build on Steve’s legacy. The leadership team and I look forward to working with Steve as he moves into his next chapter of his life with his wife Kim. Most importantly, I am committed to reinforcing and living our strong core values, leading a team of engaged and motivated employees, and continuing to always improve the quality of work we provide our clients. We’ll do this by promoting strong collaboration among all departments and team members. I am passionate about fostering a collaborative practice that has strong strategic partnerships with our clients.”

 Ownership Group Expanded

In addition, MSP has expanded its ownership group to include David Clark, AIA NCARB , VP, Architecture and Brian Jimison, PS, VP, Surveying as owners. Clark has been with MSP for 19 years, starting as a draftsman and progressing to his current role. He is a licensed architect in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Jimison began his career with MSP 22 years ago as a rodman in a survey crew. Currently, he oversees the operations of MSP’s survey field crews. Jimison is a professional surveyor registered in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

In addition to Castrejon’s promotion to president, the following owners have been elevated to executive vice president: Jim Watson, Richard Arnold, Richard Nichols, and Randal Merrill.

Jim Watson, senior vice presidentRichard Arnold, VP of Land DevelopmentRick Nichols, VP, SurveyingRandy Merrill VP Architecture

New Associate Appointed

Finally, the MSP Board of Directors has approved the nomination of Andrea Fullbeck, financial manager, as associate. She joins current associates, Jack Willard, Doug Smith, and Brian Craig.

About MSP

MSP Design is a multi-discipline design firm offering architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, surveying and planning services to both public and private entities. Founded over 165 years ago, MSP’s focus is the success of our clients.


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