Miller Dunwiddie Leadership Team Embraces New Roles
Monica Bettendorf Hartberg Named New President; Firm Embraces 100% Employee Ownership
MINNEAPOLIS (November 7, 2017) – Minneapolis-based architecture and design firm Miller Dunwiddie has named Monica Bettendorf Hartberg, AIA, as its new president.
Bettendorf Hartberg assumes leadership responsibilities from Craig Lau, AIA, who is retiring from the firm after serving as its president for 27 years, and having worked at the firm since 1979. A graduate from the University of Minnesota with bachelor degrees in architecture and environmental design, some of Lau’s projects included the design of the MSP Airport Terminal 2-Humphrey Campus, the Basilica of Saint Mary exterior restoration, the James J. Hill House restoration, and the Wayzata Bar & Grill (The Muni), among others.
“I joined Miller Dunwiddie as an architectural intern and was offered the opportunity to become an owner and lead the firm back in 1990,” said Lau. “I look at this transition – for Monica to lead this firm, as well as for all of our employees to have an ownership stake – as my lasting legacy. The founders of the firm believed in me, and now it’s my turn, to show my belief in the people that I and my fellow partners have nurtured throughout the past 30 years.”
Lau will serve as Board Chair (Past President) of the firm. He plans to retire full-time from the firm on Dec. 31, 2017.
Transition to Next Generation of Leadership
The leadership team has prepared for their new roles for several years.
As Bettendorf Hartberg becomes the firm’s third President, she will work collaboratively with the third generation of Miller Dunwiddie leaders who serve as Vice Presidents on the firm’s executive leadership team. This team includes: Mark Miller, John Mecum, Daniel Green, Denita Lemmon, Gregory Hulne, Joel Stromgren, Kathryn Hunsley, and Paul May. Each member of the team brings expertise and passion to firm management and their sectors of design.
Mark Miller, son of Bill Miller and long-time partner with Lau, continues his role as CFO; John Mecum, a partner since the 1990s, continues his role as Executive Vice President; and Chuck Liddy, a firm principal since the 1990s, will advise the firm in an emeritus role.
Bettendorf Hartberg joined Miller Dunwiddie in 1999. She graduated from North Dakota State University where she earned bachelor degrees in architecture and environmental design. A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Bettendorf Hartberg specializes in transportation and aviation projects and has worked on prominent public buildings in Minnesota, including many at Mpls.-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).
Ownership for All
The transition in leadership at Miller Dunwiddie is complemented by a change in the company’s ownership structure. Beginning September 30, 2016, the firm officially changed its ownership structure to a 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
Under this new structure, all employees – not just the firm’s leaders or its architects – are eligible to enroll into the plan, allowing them to become full owners of the firm. New employees become eligible for the ESOP following their first year of employment.
“The ESOP structure made sense to us as a leadership team,” said Bettendorf Hartberg. “This new framework represents our way of living our core value of putting our people first. We sincerely believe by creating an ownership opportunity for all of our employees, it will translate into higher levels of innovation and client service.”
About Miller Dunwiddie
Founded in 1963 by Bill Miller, Foster Dunwiddie and Ken Whitehead, Miller Dunwiddie is a full-service architecture and design firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 57-person architecture firm is widely respected for its innovative architecture based on its founding premise: “If something is done right, it will last.” Focused on creating lasting presence and relevance, Miller Dunwiddie works with clients to design spaces that inspire day-to-day and endure year-after-year. While it’s work spans a range of industries and sectors, Miller Dunwiddie is especially known for its design leadership in transportation, aviation, education, and religious architecture; and the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures. The firm’s services include: architectural design, historic preservation, interior design, building envelope architecture and engineering, construction services, and owner’s representation. To learn more about Miller Dunwiddie, visit www.millerdunwiddie.com.