Since taking the reigns as the president, chief operating officer, and majority owner of American Structurepoint in 1987, Rick Conner has grown the engineering and architectural consulting firm from $2.8 million in annual revenue and fewer than 50 employees to an average of $53 million and more than 300 employees across 11 disciplines and growing.
American Structurepoint began business in Indianapolis in 1966, and with Rick’s guidance, the company has since expanded its offices throughout the Midwest. Under his leadership, American Structurepoint has been consistently recognized as a Top 500 Engineering Firm by Engineering News-Record, and in 2012, the firm was named No. 1 Indiana Design Firm by ENR Midwest magazine. The Indianapolis Business Journal named American Structurepoint the No. 1 largest design firm in the region in 2012.
Rick’s enterprising, energetic career has led him through a myriad of active roles in the internationally recognized company. His innovative initiatives, such as expanding into Ohio and Illinois, launching the Investigative Services Group, initiating design/build and selling technology services, and buying the Shadeland headquarters’ office building, took hard work, planning, and considerable risk. In addition, Rick has been involved in such distinctive projects as the Keystone Parkway Corridor; the I-70 interchanges at the Indianapolis Airport; Super 70 and Hyperfix in downtown Indianapolis; the “Speed Zone” urban redevelopment in Speedway, Indiana; and many more.
Not only does Rick understand the ins and outs of the A/E industry, but he’s practiced almost every discipline of the business, as well. His hands-on experience leading highly visible, groundbreaking projects have helped secure American Structurepoint on the map with a glowing reputation as the top go-to firm in the industry.
In 2002 and 2011, Rick was named among those listed on the IBJ’s Who’s Who in Construction, Design, and Engineering. Not only is he involved in his company, but as a lifelong resident of Indiana, he is also an avid supporter of the professional engineering community.
Rick has been married to Penny (Kaylor) Conner since 1980. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.