Bob Schunicht is Retiring
After 45 years of consulting engineering, Bob Schunicht is retiring from Landform. He plans to spend more time traveling with Rita and working on his golf game (definitely a work in progress).
Bob began his career at Bonestroo in 1971 as that firm's 23rd employee. Bob worked closely with Otto Bonestroo to help grow that firm to a peak of 550 employees in the mid-2000s. Early in his career Bob spent most of his time planning and designing cities, including about 40% of the developing suburbs. He finished his time at Bonestroo as Director of New Business with an emphasis on growth, including setting up branch offices, mergers/acquisitions and entering new markets.
In 2010, Bob left Bonestroo to become co-owner of Landform. Bob is pleased that Landform has tripled in size over the last six years and is set up for a bright future. The successful joining of Hedlund Engineering and Landform in 2015 is the most recent example of Bob's commitment to growth. Recognizing the importance of staff retention in a merger of professional services firms, Bob developed a Personalized Integration Plan that has been incorporated into PSMJ's national merger/acquisition training program.
Throughout his career one of Bob's priorities was to mentor young professionals. Two pieces of advice he gave to them are: "We are in a relationship business" and "at least once a month do something that scares the hell out of you." Bob is proud of the fact that many of the young professionals he mentored have leadership positions throughout the industry or own their own companies.
A few of Bob's favorite projects are:
- Webber Natural Swimming Pool - Landform's design of the first natural swimming pool in North America that uses natural systems instead of chemicals to treat the pool water
- Maple Grove's Gravel Mining Area Plan - prepared 30 years ago this plan is still being used to help guide the development of that four square mile area
- MCES's Red Rock Interceptor - a collaborative project led to a completely new solution for the regional system south and west of Lake Minnetonka
We will be celebrating Bob's career at an event at the newly expanded Landform offices later this summer and we hope you can join us! Watch your mail for an invitation to the August event.