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Dyer Brown Names Three New Principals

10 December 2015

Roger Shepley has been with the firm for 33 years, and served as Managing Director and President for the past 13 years bringing a wealth of expertise in guiding Dyer Brown’s new leadership. “When I first assumed ownership of Dyer Brown in 2003 from John Dyer and Jeff Brown, my focus at the time was not to become a big firm but rather on building the practice on what I knew best about the industry—building services, corporate services and corporate interiors,” said Shepley. “But a company has to move forward or it falls behind. You need to allow opportunities for growth to ensure the sustainability of what you spent decades building.” Shepley believes there are three core principles as to what makes for a successful firm: strong design leadership, strategic talent acquisition, and effective client services management—all of which guided his decision to advance those who possess this high level of expertise.

Brent D. Zeigler, AIA, IIDA, joined Dyer Brown in 2011 as the Director of Design and assumed the role of President in early 2015 when the firm rebranded. Previously, Brent managed his own architecture firm and brings an entrepreneurial prowess to his role as Principal, President/Director of Design. As part of the leadership team, he will work closely with Tara Martin, Rachel Woodhouse and senior management to direct the strategic growth objectives in each of the firm's sectors: Corporate Services, Building Services and Workplace, Retail and Hospitality; and will also continue to guide the firm's overall design direction. Since joining Dyer Brown, Brent’s design talents and leadership capabilities have contributed to doubling the firm’s staff size and significantly diversity its body of work. With increased design and visualization capabilities, Dyer Brown has a growing roster of restaurant, retail, hospitality and higher education projects in addition to its already impressive workplace portfolio. His recent work includes Brown Brothers Harriman at 50 Post Office Square, Boston; 100 Summer Street, Boston - lobby renovation for Equity Office; and Fresenius Medical Care in Lexington/Waltham, Mass. He also sits on Dyer Brown’s Board of Directors, IIDA New England’s – Vice President of Chapter Events, and will become a new committee member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community in 2016.

Tara Martin joined the firm 13 years ago when Shepley first assumed ownership, starting her career with Dyer Brown as a Project Manager in both Corporate Services and Building Services. In 2013, Tara was promoted to Director of Client Services to fill a critical niche for the firm—leading in a more strategic client management and business development capacity. As Principal, she will also maintain her position as Director, and will continue spearheading the firm’s strategic initiatives in collaboration with the leadership team, as Dyer Brown expands geographically. Over the years, Tara has been instrumental in securing and maintaining successful, ongoing client services for a number of major accounts to include Liberty Mutual Insurance, Brown Brothers Harriman, and a large (confidential) international banking client. She was also recently honored with the CoreNet Global New England’s “2015 Service Provider – Leadership Award: The Americas”, presented at their annual gala on November 19, 2015. She serves on Dyer Brown’s Board of Directors, is a committee member for CoreNet, and a member of CREW Boston, IFMA Boston, and NAIOP Massachusetts.

Rachel Woodhouse, NCIDQ, LEED AP, has been with Dyer Brown since 2008, initially as a Senior Project Manager before also assuming a dual key role as the Director of Operations in 2011. Her capability to quickly mobilize resources to attract talent assisted the firm in its rapid growth following the recession. Today, as Principal and Director, Rachel will continue managing the day-to-day operations of the firm, driving talent acquisition and retention strategies, and playing an integral role in crafting the firm’s culture and core values. As part of the leadership team, she will also be responsible for guiding the firm’s business strategy with Zeigler, Martin and senior management. Rachel is a member of Massachusetts Building Congress – Women’s Network, Steering Committee and will serve as committee co-chair in 2016. Previously, Rachel served on the practice curriculum staff and as a thesis advisor in Boston Architectural College’s Interior Design program.

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