August 16, 2020

Business First Buffalo Interviews Bob Donahue

Business First Buffalo has published a new interview piece with Bob Donahue, our Buffalo and Pittsburgh Office Leader.

Bob stepped in to his new role earlier this year and now guides the largest design practice in the region with more than 180 employees. He directs the overall growth and development of the offices with special focus on fostering new community relationships, mentoring employees, identifying and nurturing talent, and establishing strategic client partnerships across the health, education, commercial, science and civic markets.

Bob stepped in to his new role earlier this year and now guides the largest design practice in the region with more than 180 employees. He directs the overall growth and development of the offices with special focus on fostering new community relationships, mentoring employees, identifying and nurturing talent, and establishing strategic client partnerships across the health, education, commercial, science and civic markets.

“I’ve spent all of my professional career in Western New York and am continually inspired by the region’s ongoing resurgence,” said Bob. “Our firm has played an active role in shaping the region for more than a century and I look forward to leveraging all of the talent and integrated services we offer to help our communities and clients achieve even more.”

The full Business First article is available online. Below are key excerpts:

What attracted you to CannonDesign?
Two things, and they’re intertwined: the culture and people. In CannonDesign, you have people who are driven by a passion for doing the right thing and an equally strong passion for working for their client’s needs. You don’t find that in a lot of places. Plus, CannonDesign fosters a culture where innovation and creativity is paramount – again a strong trait.

CannonDesign was founded here and has strong roots in the Buffalo Niagara community. Does that put extra pressure on you?
Any pressure I feel is self-inflicted. I know and respect CannonDesign’s history and what it means to Buffalo. At the same time, I know what we do here helps feed and support projects coming from other CannonDesign offices.

The Buffalo office covers a lot of ground, geographically and for professional services. Do you see the Buffalo and Pittsburgh offices growing?
 I believe in smart growth and not taking on a grow-at-any-cost attitude. If we grow, we are going to need the numbers to support our growth. I could see the Buffalo office growing to maybe 250 workers in the coming years. Pittsburgh will also grow.

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