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FRCH Design Worldwide Merges with NELSON

by Craig Wasserman19. January 2018 13:59

Cincinnati, OH (January 10, 2018) –NELSON, a global architecture and design firm, announced it has merged operations with FRCH Design Worldwide, a leading retail and hospitality architecture and design firm to create one of the largest in the country with a focus on consumer experiences where people work, shop, dine, play, stay, live, and heal.

The merging of the expertise of these two organizations will allow NELSON and FRCH to holistically service a diverse client base consisting of both long-standing relationships with Fortune 500 category leaders in multiple market segments and boutique clients. The newly combined organization has 25 offices with over 1,100 employees to provide service to their current and prospective clients in every region of the country.

The merging of the two firms will bring a new level of diversity to the combined organization, spanning industries from their traditional strongholds in corporate interiors, retail and hospitality to growing healthcare, industrial, mixed-use, government and multi-family residential practices. In the new year, the combined organization is a firm poised as an industry leader on all fronts.

Leveraging proprietary processes and 50 years of design and architecture experience, the combined organization will continue to create innovative brand experiences for both corporate and consumer-facing environments that express brand values and communication tailored to each audience in a meaningful and relevant manner.

“This merger is an exciting step demonstrating our continued commitment to bring more value to our clients with thought leadership in new practice areas and market segment expertise,” said John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr., Chairman and CEO of NELSON, when describing the merger with FRCH. “FRCH’s expertise and 50 years of experience in creating award-winning retail, hospitality, restaurant, entertainment and retail mixed-use environments and innovative consumer experiences is not only complementary to our organization, but positions us to respond to the changing disruption across multiple industries.” For NELSON’s vast Global Solutions Clients, this merger adds both geographic coverage and an elevated focus on brand, experience, and creative design. “Our growth has always been about responding to our clients’ needs,” said Nelson.

Nelson and Jim Tippmann, CEO of FRCH will lead the new organization as Co-CEOs. “Merging with NELSON provides our organization and clients with a stronger regional presence offering not only relevant depth of practice area expertise, but more reach nationally to be closer to our clients so that we are there when they need us,” said Tippmann who sees the companies as a cultural fit – both founded on an entrepreneurial spirit with a focus on strengthening their client’s brand while continuing to be proactive in growing the business. In addition to his role as Co-CEO, Nelson will serve as Chair of the newly created board, and remain the majority shareholder.

FRCH Design Worldwide will immediately become ‘FRCH a NELSON Company’ and continue to serve current and future clients. The combined organization will leverage their collective talent, experience, expertise and regional presence to best service the needs of current and future clients. Over the coming months, the leadership of both organizations will further integrate their expanded service offering to provide clients with the full benefit of this merger.

 Both companies serve leading global brands within today’s evolving marketplace, including: Bank of America, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Google, Hershey’s, Cisco, Kroger, Simon, Westfield, SAP Fieldglass, Hilton Worldwide, Target, Pandora Radio, T-Mobile, Hines, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Weston, American Girl, Capital One, Subway, YUM! Brands, and many more.

Wakefield Beasley and WB Interiors Merge with NELSON

by Craig Wasserman19. January 2018 13:36

NELSON, a fast-growing global architecture, interior design, and consulting services firms, and Wakefield Beasley & Associates (WBA) and WB Interiors (WBI) have announced the finalization of their deal to join operations.

The closing of the deal has allowed the now-combined firm to cement their ability to deliver best-in-class architecture and interior design for their clients.

While the firm will now be one of the largest integrated design firms in Atlanta, their joint goal is to continue to maintain the boutique feel both brands have built throughout their history.

“One of our core commitments throughout this process has been to keep our clients at the forefront,” said Christine Veenendaal, NELSON’s Southeast Regional Executive. “While we are proud of our respective design achievements, what we are most proud of is our ability to support our clients. We are known for our ability to listen, work with our clients’ goals and constraints, and find solutions that are right for them. That is something that won’t be changing.”

This merger represents NELSON’s latest strategic move to increase its capacity, experiencing a wave of growth culminating in nearly 1,100 employees across more than 25 locations, and roughly 330 employees in the Southeast. But for the growing Design Giant, it’s not the size that matters.

“We will continue doing what has made us successful,” said Lamar Wakefield, CEO of Wakefield Beasley & Associates, and Vice President of WB Interiors. “We have built our firms on relationships, and our clients will continue to work with the teams they have trusted for many years. What changes is our ability to bring new services and resources that will benefit these relationships.”

The deal closed on January 9, 2018. Effective today, Wakefield Beasley & Associates and WB Interiors will operate as NELSON Companies.

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Founded in 1980, WBA offers architectural design services to more than nineteen private and public sector markets. WB Interiors was founded in 1985 to serve as WBA’s interiors partner and has since grown the business to serve clients in more than a dozen separate markets in the southeast and nationally. By offering architectural and interior design services to a diverse and loyal client base, WBA and WBI have grown their combined professional portfolio and expanded regionally, with offices in Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX and Charleston, SC.

For more information, please visit wakefieldbeasley.com and wbinteriorsinc.com.

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