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RBS Announces New Associates

June 12, 2020

Principals with RBS Design Group, P.S.C., announced today that they are promoting three staff members of the Owensboro-based architecture firm and also have hired a marketing coordinator. Jeanie Cannon, Kyle Abney and Jeremiah Hawkins have become associates of the firm, which was founded in 1978 and is one of the oldest and largest locally owned architectural firms in the region.

“Jeanie, Kyle and Jeremiah each bring a unique set of skills, talent and passion that is translated into creative, innovative designs for our clients throughout Kentucky. As the next generation of leaders, we are confident that their involvement will allow us to build on our strong foundation of serving our civic, educational, health, commercial and faith-based clients,” said Craig Thomas, principal architect for RBS.

Cannon, an Owensboro native, joined RBS in 1986 after graduating from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree in architectural Science. In her 34-year career with RBS, Cannon has been involved in over 200 projects, including the Daviess County High School renovations, Audubon Area Community Services office buildings, Seven Hills Preschool and Apollo High School addition and renovation, which is currently underway.

Abney, who also graduated from WKU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Science, joined RBS in 2003. During Abney’s 17 years at RBS, he has been involved in local projects, such as the Edge Ice Center and Owensboro Christian Church Family Life Center, and numerous projects in surrounding counties.

Hawkins received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture from the University of Kentucky in 2015 and 2017, respectively. An associate A.I.A., Hawkins is on track to become a licensed architect in 2020. Locally, he has been instrumental the iMiddle School renovation project.

“We have enjoyed vibrant growth and stability for nearly 42 years and look forward to the impact and creativity that Jeanie, Kyle and Jeremiah will bring to the leadership of RBS,” said President and Principal Architect Mike Ranney, whose father, Otto, founded RBS in 1978.

Becky Barnhart, an Owensboro native, joined the team as marketing coordinator in January. Barnhart graduated with a degree in journalism from WKU and has an extensive marketing/PR/communications and business development career in the non-profit, private and public sectors, working both in the U.S. and abroad.

RBS Design Group Architecture, P.S.C., has provided architectural design service in the Owensboro region and throughout the Commonwealth since 1978 and specializes in educational, office, sports, and civic design. RBS employs 13 people from its Owensboro office and has worked with hundreds of clients throughout Central and Western Kentucky.

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