Architect Marc Jennings has joined HFA Architects & Engineers as vice president of logistics, bringing with him extensive experience in construction and development.
An expert in the industrial-sector, Jennings leads HFA’s Fort Worth studio and the growth of its industrial and logistics programs, which include electrical, refrigeration, fire-protection, civil engineering, and architectural work on automated distribution and microfulfillment centers for top retailers, the firm said. The firm is headquartered in in Bentonville, Arkansas.
“It’s a time of extraordinary demand and evolution in the industrial sector, and Marc is already diving into our portfolio with a view toward identifying growth opportunities and finding new ways to serve our clients,” HFA Chief Operating Officer Ryan Ray said in a statement. “We’re excited to watch him take our industrial and logistics programs to the next level.”
Most recently, Jennings was JLL’s vice president of projects, which allowed him to join the leadership group responsible for the firm’s multisite teams. In that role, he occasionally collaborated with architects and engineers from HFA, the firm said.
“One of the primary reasons I was excited about a move to HFA is because of the company culture,” Jennings said in a statement. “I am looking forward to promoting a people-first culture by mentoring, empowering, encouraging and monitoring the progress of those I serve and support.”
Experienced in large-scale retail and industrial remodels
Jennings is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and has 25 years of experience in architecture, construction and development, mostly in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Included in his managerial experience is leading a large team working on a restaurant chain’s $370 million remodel program and managing more than 30 retail and industrial remodels across Texas and Oklahoma during a three-year period, with minimal downtime to operations, HFA said.
Jennings said he is looking forward to working with HFA teams on retail, grocery, c-store, multi-family and office projects, in addition to his managerial and business-development roles on the industrial side.
Ray said Jennings is a strong fit for HFA.
“Not only does Marc bring a strong industry background, but what stood out to us is the alignment in how he views how we can best lead both our people and our clients,” he said.
Jennings said, “I’m an empathetic problem solver at heart. I love to build and maintain lasting client partnerships by putting myself in their shoes, always keeping their best interests at the forefront of my solutions-based approach to design and development.”
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