Oklahoma’s largest full-service architecture and engineering firm, FSB, announced its new Chief Operations Officer, Kristin Killgore. She succeeds Rick Johnson in the role, who retired Jan. 1 after a six-month transition period with Killgore in the second half of 2020.
“We are excited to welcome Kristin to the leadership team, whose expertise and vision will help drive FSB’s success for years to come,” said FSB President Philip McNayr. “We also want to celebrate Rick’s career as an integral part of the FSB team for the last 30 years. He formalized our system for preserving institutional knowledge for the future of the company, and this seamless leadership transition serves as a perfect example of his work. Rick’s legacy at FSB includes his culture-driven leadership approach and vision to continue to raise the bar at FSB. His innate abilities to capture and respond to the inner workings of our firm has certainly enhanced our abilities to more effectively and efficiently serve our clients.”
Killgore most recently served as an FSB Associate and Operations Manager. She joined the firm as a structural engineer and project manager in 2018, and in this role helped lead the successful Interior Restoration of the historic Oklahoma State Capitol Building. Killgore is the OKC Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) President-Elect, the Chair of the Structural Engineer’s Licensure Coalition, and Co-Chair of the National Council of Structural Engineer’s Licensing Committee. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class IV, a past recipient of the Journal Record’s 40 Under 40 award, and a Journal Record Woman of the Year honoree. Killgore received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
“For 75 years, FSB’s deep experience and culture of collaboration has benefitted our clients, and created opportunities for architects to do rewarding and meaningful work,” said Johnson. “I’m proud to see the next generation of our firm embracing our guiding principles. Kristin Killgore has the qualities and knowledge needed to take FSB forward, and the firm is poised for growth under her leadership. I could not be more delighted that she has accepted the role, and I know she will do a fantastic job.”
Johnson became the first to hold the COO role at FSB in 2014 when FSB reorganized and created a corporate leadership structure. Prior to that, he held leadership positions in information technology and operations management, and later oversaw business development in the firm’s federal market sector. As COO, he built the company’s internal infrastructure, standardized budgeting, execution and evaluation, oversaw project quality, managed employee performance and strengthened internal culture and processes. Johnson, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Gibbs College of Architecture and Oklahoma City University’s Masters of Business Administration program, saw the firm grow from 110 to 170 employees during his time as COO.
“FSB has built an excellent culture, much of which can be attributed to my predecessor, Rick Johnson,” said Killgore. “I have appreciated the opportunity to learn from Rick and will continue building FSB’s culture and internal infrastructure positioning FSB to best serve our clients.”
Johnson will continue to live in southeast Edmond and will consult for FSB. He plans to spend his free time developing some new skills and volunteering for his favorite non-profits, Possibilities, Inc. and Rebuilding Together OKC.