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Eppstein Uhen recruits real estate exec Scott Weas as new director of operations

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Eppstein Uhen Architects, one of Milwaukee’s largest design firms, hired Scott Weas as its new director of operations.

Eppstein Uhen has been in a growth pattern in recent years, rehabbing its main office in Milwaukee’s 3rd Ward, merging with Milwaukee-based Kindness Architecture & Planning and acquiring Denver-based Burkettdesign.

“With any firm, you look at those capacity points in terms of employee count and the resources you have, and we’re at that next stage as we’ve grown as a firm to really be able to bring in additional resources with different perspectives,” said president Rich Tennessen.

Weas most recently directed the project management group of the Milwaukee office of real estate firm CBRE. He previously worked with his brother, Doug Weas, at Weas Development in Milwaukee. He started his career for S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. in Racine, where he led its corporate real estate and construction group for nine years.

“I’ve had a long, 25-year relationship with the firm,” Weas said of Eppstein Uhen. “As this new opportunity comes for me and for the organization, it is how do we grow, both in support of our clients and how we can produce value for them, and how can we grow for our own employees to make sure that as things expand, they can expand and grow with that.”

Eppstein Uhen, based in Milwaukee, has 225 total employees, Tennessen said. He said Weas brings a fresh take to the firm, and will work across the firm’s different studios, each focusing on a different type of real estate.

“He’s somebody that is also not shy,” Tennessen said. “I always say our firm does a lot of things well but we don’t do anything perfectly, so we always look for ways to improve. Scott will do a great job of challenging us to continue to do better.”

With a background in industrial engineering and on manufacturing facilities across the world, Weas could also add to Eppstein Uhen’s ability to pursue the industrial development expected for Racine and Kenosha counties with the introduction of Foxconn Technology Group, Tennessen said.

Sean Ryan
Milwaukee Business Journal

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