Indianapolis-based CSO Architects has announced Jim Schellinger, who was recently named Indiana secretary of commerce by Governor-elect Eric Holcomb, will retire as chairman and chief executive officer of the firm. Chief Operating Officer Alan Tucker will succeed Schellinger as CEO immediately.
Schellinger had been on a leave of absence from CSO since August 2015 in order to serve as president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The company says he will transition ownership to CSO Principals Tucker and John Rigsbee.
"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," said Schellinger. "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."
Schellinger succeeds Victor Smith as secretary of commerce. Holcomb told Inside INdiana Business Schellinger’s transition into his new role will be seamless, due to his experience with the IEDC.
"The CSO family remains incredibly proud of Jim’s achievements and amazing vision," said Tucker. "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."
Schellinger has been with CSO since 1987.