Willis "Rick" Conner, PE, SE
Since taking the reigns as the president of American Structurepoint in 1990, Rick has grown the engineering and architectural consulting firm from $3 million in annual revenue and fewer than 50 employees to an average of $110 million and 500 employees across 11 disciplines and still 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 won over 150 design awards, been consistently recognized as a Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record, and named the 2018 Midwest Design Firm of the Year by ENR Midwest. In 2022, Engineering News-Record named American Structurepoint a Top 50 National Transportation Design Firm and a Top 50 National Manufacturing Design Firm, and Architectural Record named American Structurepoint a Top 300 National Architectural Firm in 2021.
In 2002 and 2011, Rick was named among those listed on the IBJ's Who's Who in Construction, Design, and Engineering. In 2008, Rick received the Purdue University Civil Engineering Alumnus Achievement Award. In 2015, Rick received the Purdue University College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. In 2018, Rick was accepted into Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society in the United States. Rick was honored with the prestigious ACEC Indiana Consulting Engineer of the Year Award in 2019. The annual award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to consulting engineering in Indiana. In 2022, Rick was inducted into the National Academy of Construction. This organization recognizes industry leaders nationwide who demonstrate exceptional leadership and service with a continued commitment to innovation.
Rick’s enterprising, energetic career has led him through myriad active roles in the internationally recognized company. His innovative initiatives, such as expanding into Ohio, Illinois, Texas and Florida, 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. As a lifelong resident of Indiana, he is also an avid supporter of the professional engineering community.
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 has helped put American Structurepoint on the map with a glowing reputation as the top go-to firm in the industry. Rick’s executive leadership commitment will ensure your project exceeds expectations.
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Indiana Chapter – Past Board Member and President
American Society of Civil Engineers – Member
American Concrete Institute – Member
Rotary Club of Indianapolis – Member
Millersville Lodge F&AM, Scottish Rite – Member
Noblesville Housing Authority
Purdue University John Purdue Club – Champion
Purdue University School of Civil Engineering Advisory Council – Member and Past Chairman
Purdue University President's Council – Member
Riverview Health Foundation – Board Member
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1976, Purdue University