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TBE Announces New Leadership Structure

5/16, 2024- Indian Gaming Magazine

ST. LOUIS, MO – TBE Architects has announced a restructuring of its leadership team. After 42 years at TBE Architects, Rich Emery, Design Principal, is stepping out of his role as President and taking on the title of CEO; Luke Jumper, Senior Project Manager, has moved into the role as President; and David Nejelski, Creative Director, completes the executive team as Vice President.

“ With rapid developments in new technology and trends, we felt like the timing was right to introduce in a fresh perspective to our leadership team,” said Emery. “One that can take our abundant history of designing casino resort properties and lead it towards a bright future.”

Emery began at TBE in May 1982, and over the course of his career, worked his way up from the production floor to his role as President. Emery’s aptitude for strategic planning can be seen throughout the firm’s portfolio including Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV, Buffalo Thunder in Santa Fe, NM, We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in Fort McDowell, AZ, and others. Working alongside co-founders of the firm, Barry Thalden and Charles “Chief” Boyd, Emery’s dedication and hard work have been instrumental in shaping the company’s success partnering with tribal and commercial projects for over 53 years. As CEO, Emery will continue to oversee project progress and will focus on mentoring the next generation of leaders.

Jumper’s visionary acumen and strong leadership will benefit his new role as President. Fully immersed in the daily responsibilities, Jumper will lead the firm towards continued growth and success as its President. In this new position, he will be actively engaged in conference panels, property visits, client interviews, and overseeing internal growth of the firm, in addition to his current project management responsibilities.

Nejelski completes the executive team with his talent for designing spaces that capture the essence of culture and heritage while inspiring casino guests to stay and play longer. He recently celebrated 30 years at TBE Architects and, as part of his additional responsibilities, will be dedicating more time to client-facing opportunities.

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