Chris Heinz promoted to VP/partner at Hollis + Miller Architects

Overland Park, Kan.– Hollis + Miller Architects recently announced four key promotions including:  Chris Heinz was promoted to vice president/partner.  He is now one of seven vice presidents/partners who share ownership in the firm.  Formerly senior associate / design resource leader, Heinz will continue to oversee design and facilitate collaboration.  He will also work with Ed Alexander, vice president and partner, to lead the development of the commercial market which includes:  retail, corporate, office, mixed-use and health care.  

Heinz has tremendous experience as an architect and he has worked in a variety of architecture companies throughout his career.  He has more than 18 years of experience and understands the nuances of developing great internal and external partnerships at every level and with all types of organizations.  

 “Chris’ leadership and design expertise will help our firm continue to provide unparalleled service to our clients,” said Ed Alexander, AIA, vice president/partner.  

John Funk, PE, was promoted to senior associate.  John oversees Hollis + Miller’s structural engineering services.  He joined Hollis + Miller in 2006 and helped to build the structural engineering offering which benefits clients and project teams because of the added efficiency and collaboration that this discipline (and the other disciplines) bring to every project.  Prior to joining Hollis + Miller, John’s prior positions include:  project manager for Walter P. Moore and a project engineer at Kerr Conrad Graham, respectively.

David Esely, RA was promoted to associate.  Esely is a project architect.  He joined Hollis + Miller in 2000.  Prior to joining Hollis + Miller, while attending Kansas State University, David interned at Mantel and Teter Architects from January 1999 through August 1999.  He graduated and began his career with Hollis + Miller Architects directly out of school.  David has a variety of industry experience, including:  educational, commercial, health care and faith-based.  

At Hollis + Miller Architects, David serves as lead project architect on a variety of projects.  The role of lead project architect requires that he oversee/coordinate all aspects and stages of projects while supervising the architects on the team.  Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Blue Springs R-IV School District and Lee’s Summit Physicians Group are just a few of the clients with which he has worked.   David is a member of the American Institute of Architects.  He has a bachelor of architecture from Kansas State University where he graduated cum laude in 2000.  In 2004, David completed his registration exams to become a licensed architect in the state of Missouri.

Nicole Young was promoted to associate.  She joined Hollis + Miller in 1998 and has been responsible for project leadership, including the management and coordination of a variety of projects.  Several key projects she has led include:  multiple projects for the Blue Springs R-IV, Oak Grove R-6 and Odessa R-VII School Districts.  She attended the University of Nebraska where she received a bachelor of architecture and graduated summa cum laude.  Nicole continued her studies at Washington University where she received a master of architecture.  

 “At Hollis + Miller Architects, we believe in our people,” said John Brown, AIA, DBIA, vice president/partner.   “John, Nicole, and David have been recognized by their colleagues, clients, contractor and consultant teams, and the partners because of their leadership skills – leadership that makes wise choices, fosters a culture of trust and collaboration throughout the entire firm and with every discipline/service.  These promotions coincide with our firm’s celebration of its 60th anniversary this year and help everyone at our firm recognize their contributions and leadership in our firm as we continue to grow.”


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