CBLH Design LEADERSHIP

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Marc is a 1979 graduate of Kent State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in architecture. Marc began his career at CBLH Design 1985. With over 30 years of experience, Marc has guided numerous projects throughout Ohio to successful completion and has been involved in many professional organizations in his community including his current membership in the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce and past board member of the Strongsville Schools Foundation.

Marc lives with his wife in Strongsville. Off the clock (or sometimes on the clock) you’ll find Marc on the golf course, skiing or playing tennis. Although sports are his favorite, his three children are most important to him. All out of the house now, he raised three very smart ambitious children: a NASA engineer, a medical student and a Kent State Volleyball player.

Fun fact – You may find Marc with markers in hand at meetings as he is proud of his ability to visually understand client needs

Mike is a 1988 graduate of Kent State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in architecture and began his career at CBLH Design. Since that time Mike’s focus has been to design healthcare spaces that improve lives and patient outcomes thru thoughtful design. He resides in Medina with his wife, two children and their Australian Shepard Jack. Much of his time will be found coaching his kid’s sports teams which he has really enjoyed over the years. In his free time, Mike enjoys golf, spending time outdoors camping with family and friends and overnight canoe trips on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania.

Fun fact – Mike’s musical tastes are at both ends of the spectrum from heavy metal to classic country…..but not much in between.

Jeff, a graduate of The Ohio State University, is a Principal at CBLH Design. His background includes the design and management of healthcare, educational, library and institutional projects. A resident of Medina, Jeff is a born leader and mentor. He enjoys guiding others by passing knowledge and inspiring emerging professionals in the workplace. His aspirations for the company are to embody culture into the organization by cultivating a creative, energetic atmosphere with a healthy work/life balance for the staff. Outside the office, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, skiing, golfing, and vacationing in the Outer Banks.

Fun fact – When Jeff was 12 years old, he was struck by lightning!

John Rach, a Registered Architect, is also the Director of Marketing for CBLH Design. Starting at the firm right out of college in 2007, John began as an office Intern and saw many promotions throughout the years, where he leads the Marketing Department today. Outside of the office, John is a Councilman for the City of University Heights, President of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services and serves on other numerous boards and committees. He is a marathon runner, having completed 11 Full Marathons in 11 States, with the goal of hitting all 50. He also enjoys traveling and photography.

Fun Fact: John once missed a FREE trip to New York City because he missed the bus by 12 hours. Who knew the bus was leaving at 4am and not 4pm?

A graduate of Kent State University’s Master of Architecture, Adam was drawn to architecture at an early age. He was constantly drawings buildings on napkins or loose paper, with the desire to understand buildings and construction, pushing him into the field of architecture. Spending time studying and working abroad further honed his skills and passion to design and build. As a strong team player, he takes great pride in seeing projects succeed from their conception through their completion.

While not working, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife, and his two daughters. The O’Brien’s enjoy spending time together, being active and watching sports from the comfort of their couches.

Fun Fact: Adam made quite an impression while studying abroad in Italy, from working for the famous Andrea Ponsi, to stumbling upon the position as a Promotional Assistant at a nightclub, to getting hit by a city bus.

Brian is a native Clevelander and joined CBLH Design in 2009 after working in Los Angeles and Chicago. He is a registered architect in the state of Ohio and a LEED Accredited Professional through USGBC. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 2004 and Master of Architecture degree in 2005, both from Kent State University. Brian enjoys movies, playing soccer and spending time with his wife, and two daughters.


Fun Fact: You'll often hear Brian quoting movies as part of his regular vocabulary.

Natalie Symon, an Interior Designer, will reach a milestone 40th anniversary this year with CBLH. Natalie started with the firm in 1977 when Don Spice, founding partner, hired her on the spot. She began her work that afternoon.

Natalie earned her degree at Massey College and later earned her NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) Certificate. Since then she has also become a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional and EDAC (Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification) certified.

Outside of the offices, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family, dogs, riding horses, and traveling to Hawaii.