32 New DFW CEOs You Need to Know
…No, she’s not an architect. Megan Dimmer says people are shocked when they learn that she’s CEO of an architecture firm, yet has never trained to draw building plans or design the sort of multifamily housing projects in which Humphreys & Partners specializes. Instead, her background is in sales, having spent the bulk of her 20-year career climbing the ladder with Lexmark, a business printer and printing services company with more than 10,000 employees worldwide. It’s the expertise she developed at Lexmark that Humphreys & Partners founder Mark Humphreys sought when he first hired Dimmer as vice president of business development, sales, and strategy in January 2015. “We are in the business of architecture, not in the architecture business; that has always been Mark’s theme,” she says. “I have the business background, and he really appreciates that, and I understood that strategy to grow the business and drive it.”
The idea that she would eventually take over for Humphreys as CEO, a role he’d held since starting the firm in 1991, enticed Dimmer to leave her longtime home at Lexmark to enter an entirely new industry with a much smaller (about 400 employees) company. For her first two years at Humphreys, she continued to live in Chicago, but she made the move to Dallas in July 2017 when she was named chief strategy officer. She was announced as Humphreys’ successor as CEO last November.
Her biggest surprise in her new gig has been how she has been embraced by the multifamily housing industry, which she describes as an unusually tight. “We absolutely get along with our competition, and we work on projects with them sometimes,” she says. “In my past life, I wouldn’t even go into a room with my competition.”…
Click the link below to read the full publication.Read Publication