In this episode, Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA discusses the introduction of investors into HOK, and he touches on the right and wrong ways to grow your firm.

Patrick is also joined by Bob Pratzel, former CFO of HOK, who shares some of his financial concepts and his perspective as the CFO of the firm during this period of rapid growth and transition.

Bill Valentine, former CEO of HOK, returns to provide insight into HOK steeping forward as a leader in sustainability.

Patrick tells the story of one last important hire that Gyo made just before he retired.

Patrick shares his lessons for listeners to take away from this episode:

  • There are three ways to raise capital
  • There are Right and wrong ways to grow
  • Shift leaders to consulting roles if they’re not ready to retire

To read along and see illustrations and personal photos that accompany this series, get Patrick’s book, Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm. You can buy the book at and find out more information at 

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