Beth Ralston joins Henricksen as Architectural Product Specialist
Beth will help grow Henricksen’s Architectural Solutions practice in the Illinois and Wisconsin regions
Beth Ralston joins Henricksen as an Architectural Product Specialist. Beth brings expertise in architecture and project management for large-scale, corporate and education projects to Henricksen. Beth will focus on growing the Henricksen Architectural Solutions group’s presence in Illinois and Wisconsin regions.
With 14 years in architecture and commercial real estate, Beth understands both the construction process and the priorities that influence stakeholders. “As the Architectural Project Specialist, I will serve as an advocate, expert, and partner who helps clients, general contractors, and the real estate community better understand how modular architectural solutions add value – in quality, flexibility, shorten construction schedules, and the overall bottom line.” Ralston added “I’m thrilled to join the Henricksen family. With nearly 6 decades in the industry, Henricksen has forged a reputation for integrity, innovation, a willingness to stand behind its people, products, and services that is unmatched in the industry.”
Beth joins Henricksen from CBRE where she served as Senior Project Manager. At CBRE, she was responsible for leading teams through all project phases – from strategic planning, design, construction, furniture selection, and occupancy. Her significant projects include McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters, Mars Wrigley Global HQ, and Motorola Solutions Global Headquarters. In recognition of her outstanding communication skills, attention to detail, goal-oriented mentality, and commitment to mitigating risks and accelerating client savings, Beth was the recipient of the prestigious CBRE Global PJM Star Awards 2019 (1 of 20 chosen globally). Beth began her career as an architect at FGM Architects specializing in K12 and higher education environments.
Ryan Esche, Principal of Henricksen, said “Beth brings a fresh perspective, enthusiasm, and robust technical understanding of how things get built to the Henricksen team.” Esche added “Beth’s experience as a practicing architect and senior project manager on complex corporate and education projects is particularly exciting for Henricksen to have in-house. Her presence will help Henricksen and our partners deliver improved solutions and experiences to our customers.”
Beth passion for building things began in her youth. Her father owned a community hardware store where she worked and first learned how different parts and piece fit together when engineering a built solution. Later, she went on to study architecture at University of Illinois, Champaign and received a BS in Architecture Studies. In addition to her professional and academic accomplishments, Beth has supported various charitable organization including Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week, CBRE Cares, and Glass Slipper. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their dog, Champ.
Henricksen is a full-service contract furniture dealership specializing in office, healthcare, education, government, senior living, and hospitality spaces. In 1962, Henricksen opened its doors as a small, family-run dealership. Today, Henricksen is a leading national dealership with seven offices, 245 full-time employees, and annual sales topping $258 million. With 300+ manufacturer partnerships, Henricksen’s offers an array of products from systems furniture, casegoods, seating, lounge, and conference furnishings to architectural solutions including modular walls, flooring, lighting, sound masking, and technology equipment. Henricksen is one of the largest privately-owned dealer partners of HNI in the United States. HNI’s furniture brands include Allsteel, HBF, The HON Company, and Gunlocke. www.henricksen.com