CSO Architects Principal Accepts Secretary Of Commerce Appointment

Schellinger to retire after 30 years at design firm

December 9, 2016—CSO Architects today confirmed that Chairman and CEO Jim Schellinger, an architect and South Bend native, has accepted an appointment by Governor-Elect Eric Holcomb to serve as Indiana’s next Secretary of Commerce. Jim has served as President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) since August of 2015.

“This is truly an honor that will allow me to assist Hoosiers and Hoosier families throughout Indiana with their livelihoods enabling them to pursue and achieve their hopes and dreams,” Schellinger said.

As President of IEDC, Jim has been responsible for economic development state-wide. As Secretary of Commerce, Jim will be responsible for the state’s economic development domestically and internationally.

Schellinger has been on a leave of absence from CSO over the last 17 months while serving in his role as President of IEDC. With this new appointment, Schellinger plans to retire from CSO and transition his ownership to CSO Principals Alan Tucker and John Rigsbee. Tucker, who has been serving as President and COO, will assume the duties of CEO immediately.

“I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my career, but I am experiencing a certain degree of melancholy in that the time has come to retire from CSO Architects where I’ve essentially spent my entire career. I will really miss our clients, my CSO team members, our consultants and our construction colleagues who are absolutely the best. However, my predecessor Les Olds always told me my first priority as president and CEO was to find my successor(s) and there could be no one better than my longtime business associates, Alan Tucker and John Rigsbee, who will lead the CSO team, which is truly a collection of the finest minds,” said Schellinger.

“The CSO family remains incredibly proud of Jim’s achievements and amazing vision. We have all learned a tremendous amount from him and are grateful for his friendship and leadership. The State of Indiana is clearly the winner in all of this,” said CSO President Alan Tucker.

CSO Architects, a 55-year-old Indianapolis-based architectural firm with 81 professionals, operates on Indianapolis’ north side at Keystone at the Crossing. CSO takes great pride in contributing to our clients’ success in the corporate development, interiors, K-12 education, higher education, public, retail, hospitality, and transportation market sectors.

“Jim has played a significant role in the overall success and growth of CSO, and I am confident that he will prove equally skillful at advancing the economic prospects of our great state as Secretary of Commerce. No doubt Jim is a planner and a do-er and is in the right place at the right time. We will miss him and wish him the very best in this exciting public service opportunity,” said CSO Principal John Rigsbee.