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Webb Design Bids Farewell to Leader


Jim Webb, founder and design principal of the Tustin, CA-based food service design consultancy known as Webb Design, has lost his battle with cancer.

Tustin, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

Webb Design, a leading food service design firm, offered a bittersweet farewell to its founding principal this week after Jim Webb lost his battle with cancer.

Jim started the firm in 1989, and was known as one of the premier contemporary space designers in the hospitality field. His legacy includes a sustained ability for delivering visionary design and outstanding project management, reflected by the regular recognition the firm receives from its peers in the form of local, regional and national design awards, including the 2012 Facility Design Project of the Year award.

Jim also supported a variety of non-profit industry organizations throughout his career, donating his time as a designer, teacher and speaker to things like the Ronald McDonald House of Orange County, the National Restaurant Association's annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, and the National Association of College & University Food Services.

But perhaps the greatest professional mark he leaves will be the succession plan he put into place at his firm. This plan will ensure that the firm continues to serve the food service and hospitality markets for years to come under the leadership of a strong and well-balanced team led by Managing Principal Gina Brinegar, Design Principal Costel Coca, Vice President of Sales Jim Ferguson, and Director of Interior Design Linda Midden.

“Jim Webb was a remarkable man and an extraordinary leader, who guided our firm's impressive success for more than two decades,” said Brinegar. “He leaves an indelible legacy and will be missed by the entire Webb Design family.”

The firm continues forward with Jim's vision deeply ingrained in the DNA of the company. Its strong design processes continue to lead the industry in the areas of business, education, healthcare, hospitality, commercial kitchens, large format kitchens, and an interior design studio. The firm will also maintain its partnership in DM&A/Webb, formed in March 2011, which sees it collaborate with the health care food service consultancy DM&A on food service design projects for the health care and education markets.

“We were founded upon simple principles: to make great design the key to a successful hospitality business,” said Midden. “Jim inspired us and showed us how to infuse those principles into all our work, while creating environments and experiences for our clients that are visionary, trend-setting and able to deliver long-term value.”

Early in his career Jim Webb was recognized with a “Young Lion Award” from a trade magazine that identified promising professionals under 30 years old. This recognition helped influence Jim's growing passion for innovative environmental design, and he would continue to promote the many economic benefits of environmental design through the rest of his career. Today, the firm is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and also boasts many staff members that have achieved LEED accreditation.

“We can't deliver exceptional results without also helping our clients attain new levels of sustainability in their own operations,” said Coca. “Jim Webb was an early leader in touting the benefits of sustainable business practices, showing our clients how they can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line while also offering unique design options. We are proud to carry on this long-standing tradition of helping our clients realize the many advantages that great, sustainable design affords them, including the ability to make decisions based on true market conditions.”

“The food service world certainly mourns with Webb Design's team this week as they mark the passing of my good friend Jim Webb, who founded Webb Design,” said Cary Wheeland, senior vice president, Bon Appétit. “Jim developed a team of professionals whose cutting edge work is admired across the industry. We will continue to enjoy a strong relationship with the firm in the years ahead.”

“I am proud to have known Jim Webb as both a friend and business partner, and will forever be impressed with the way he built his business,” said Bill Klein, CEO, DM&A. “He built an outstanding organization that will continue to burnish his proud legacy to the food service and hospitality industry for years to come.”

About Webb Design
Founded in 1989, Webb Design is a full service design consultancy specializing in serving the commercial food service market, including those facilities in academia, business, healthcare, hotels and resorts, religious and restaurants. For more information on Webb Design, visit the website at

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