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LaBella Associates Announces New Leadership Team

ROCHESTER, NY - Sept. 12, 2019— LaBella Associates, a leading multi-discipline design firm, today announces the appointment of a new leadership team, effective January 1, 2020. Steve Metzger has been appointed Chief Executive Officer; Jeff Roloson has been appointed President; and Mike Winderl has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Together, alongside current Chief Financial Officer Robert Pepe, the team will be responsible for stewarding the firm’s next generation of steady growth and fostering LaBella’s award-winning workplace culture.

As a part of this planned succession, current CEO Sergio Esteban and current President Robert Healy will take on new roles as Firm Principals. They will continue to support client relationships, business development and community relations, and will maintain their current board positions as Chairman and Treasurer, respectively. 

“Steve, Jeff and Mike have been working alongside us for more than a decade and are extremely well-prepared to step into their new roles. Each of them has served on the Board of Directors and contributed to long-term strategic planning and visioning for the firm,” said Sergio Esteban, LaBella Associates. “They are proven leaders with deep understanding of and commitment to LaBella’s culture and vision.”

“I speak for both Sergio and I when I say that we’re excited to focus on community and client relationships in our new roles as Firm Principals, while being available to advise and support our new leadership on the next phase of growth and innovation at LaBella,” added Robert Healy.

Steve Metzger brings a strong background in civil engineering and more than 25 years of experience at LaBella to the role of CEO. He currently serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and is charged with directing investments in technology and firm infrastructure to support LaBella’s growth in all regions. Steve also chairs the IT, Safety, and Quality Management teams within the organization.

“I am proud to be named the next CEO of LaBella,” said Steve Metzger, incoming CEO of LaBella Associates. “While no one can step into Sergio’s shoes and lead exactly as he does, I share his deep commitment to our company’s values and I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead LaBella and represent our company in the community.”

Jeff Roloson brings decades of architecture and engineering experience to the role of President. Currently, he serves as the firm’s Director of Architecture and is charged with the management of more than 125 architectural professionals and over $14.5 Million in revenue. Jeff has served continuously on the LaBella Board of Directors since 2013.

Mike Winderl brings experience as both an engineer and manager to the role of Chief Operating Officer. He currently serves as Director of Buildings Engineering at LaBella, which comprises 115 professionals and $15 Million in revenue. In that role, he oversees business development, as well as the engineering component and staff coordination of single and multi-discipline projects, including structural, mechanical, electrical, energy, plumbing and hydropower services. He has served continuously on the LaBella Board of Directors since 2012.

“We cannot thank Sergio and Bob enough for the leadership, dedication, passion, and enthusiasm they have provided to LaBella throughout their distinguished tenures with the company,” said Rob Pepe, CFO, LaBella Associates. “Part of that leadership has been to develop a strategic transition plan that allows for a seamless hand off of our executive roles. We are optimistic and excited for the next chapter of LaBella with Steve, Jeff and Mike at the helm.”

partnership is powerful.

At LaBella Associates, our job is to create – structures, plans, ideas, results. As a nationally recognized Design Professional Corporation, that’s a given, right? But here’s what really drives us: creating partnership between our team and our clients. So much so that we become one team, unified in the unrelenting pursuit of exceptional performance on each and every project. Reliability. Accountability. Collaboration. Respect. Not skills we went to school for, but innate in LaBella team members. 


The pursuit of partnership is embedded in our culture—has been since our inception in 1978. And it affects client outcomes in profound ways. It means we’re built to expertly execute projects from start to finish. That we have the talent and resources to take on any challenge. That projects are completed on time, on budget, and beyond expectations. And that we win awards – not just for our talent, but also for our ethics, employee culture, and growth. 

Today, our wheelhouse is broad, with four key service offerings: Buildings, Energy, Infrastructure, and Environmental. Our staff of over 700 team members is spread across more than 20 office locations. We’re headquartered in Rochester, NY—but our impact is seen, felt, and experienced around the world. 

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Our company's success depends on every member of the organization being empowered to practice their profession and demonstrate leadership within the community.

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Whether we are trusted with a client's resources or our own, every LaBella professional provides the management and care of an owner.


Everyone knows that partnership takes compromise.  But there are some things that can never be compromised, and we believe honesty and integrity must always rule the day.

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Because we seek growth, we must embrace change.  We search for opportunities, adopt new technology, and cultivate novel solutions.

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