Shareholders of Legat Architects elect Michael Lundeen, Jeff Sandberg, and Rob Wroble to board of directors
Legat Architects’ shareholders, making up 40% of the privately-owned company’s employees, have elected three new members to its expanded board of directors:
- Michael Lundeen, AIA, a principal and associate director of Legat’s higher education practice, has led some of the largest and most complex projects in the firm’s history. Based in the firm’s Chicago studio, he joined Legat in 1992.
- Jeff Sandberg, AIA is one of Legat’s most successful project managers. He started at Legat in 2000, then moved his family to Moline, Illinois to launch Legat’s Quad Cities location when it opened in 2012. Sandberg expanded the location from a single-person office to a studio with seven employees, while the firm’s western Illinois/eastern Iowa clientele grew from one client to more than 25.
- Rob Wroble, AIA, the associate director of Legat’s preK-12 education practice, is based in the firm’s Oak Brook, Illinois studio. A member of the firm since 1991, he is an outstanding project manager and client advocate. Wroble has managed projects ranging from minor repairs to new facilities of over 100,000 square feet.
The election stems from a new voting process initiated by an ad hoc committee of the firm’s board. The new process not only set the stage to expand the size of the board by three new members, but it also gave the minor shareholders increased transparency and expanded voting power in the selection of new directors.
The process began with the shareholders nominating a diverse array of new candidates for the board. At the firm’s first virtual annual shareholders meeting in late January, the shareholders cast their votes electronically. The votes were tallied in real time and the top vote-getters emerged.
“The decision to expand the board brings more points of view to the table,” said Legat President and CEO Patrick Brosnan. “This is just one step of many that focus on the development of and transition to our next generation of leadership.”
Board Chairperson Jeffrey Sronkoski added, “I am encouraged by the willingness of the board to offer a greater voice for all shareholders to elect our new board for the coming year.”
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