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Walking the Talk: Rob Welker

Walking the Talk: Rob Welker

Rob Welker joined Hoefer Welker in 2008 and has played a pivotal role in the firm's growth and community development. With a focus on the design-build delivery method, mixed-use development, project performance, and client satisfaction, Welker emphasizes the importance of creating a sense of place that meets financial targets while establishing an emotional connection with users.

One of Hoefer Welker's strengths is our commitment to affordable sustainability. The firm is experienced in the LEED v4 rating system, which allows us to provide sustainable solutions that are cost-effective and have fast paybacks. By tracking design performance and costs, we inform clients about the actual impact of their decisions. Being LEED-certified also aligns with the values of our employees, who strive to create environmentally friendly and long-lasting properties.

Hoefer Welker practices what we preach, as exemplified by our new corporate office in Kansas City. The high-quality, Class A office space fosters creativity and collaboration while respecting the need for focus areas. This flexible and multi-use space reflects the firm's brand and accommodates social interaction, mentorship, and deep work.

One notable project that showcases Hoefer Welker's commitment to creating meaningful spaces is the Phoenix VA Clinic. This 275,000 square-foot clinic was designed with healing in mind, considering the unique healthcare journey of veterans and their caregivers. It serves as a sanctuary and honors the region's veterans.

Welker acknowledges the leadership challenges he faces daily, including project competencies, financial responsibilities, revenue generation, cultural behaviors, and continuous improvement. He emphasizes the importance of developing both hard and soft skills, such as active listening and selective communication. Additionally, he recognizes the staffing shortages, lack of intellectual capital, and technological advancements as industry-wide challenges that need to be addressed.

To overcome these challenges, Hoefer Welker is actively investing in technology and educational strategies. Our company is looking to other industries, such as aerospace and big-tech companies, for inspiration on how to effectively use data and AI. By incorporating appropriate technologies and leveraging the data they capture, we aim to free up capacity for the most valuable resource: our people.

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