Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) announced that Gregory “Greg” Coles, AIA, principal, has been named president of the firm and is located in the Los Angeles office, and Terri Finucane, IIDA, principal, has been named chairman of the board and is located at the headquarters in Glastonbury.
Both outgoing President Robert Pulito, AIA, and Chairman Richard Connell, FAIA, will remain on the board and active in the day-to-day business of serving clients.
Finucane, the firm’s first woman to serve as chairman of the board, brings a career in interior design forged entirely at SLAM. Her expertise in interiors spans more than 35 years and has led to the formation, management, and growth of the firm’s Interiors Studio. She is currently the national market leader for the Corporate/Science & Technology practice and chair of the Human Resources Advisory Committee.
Coles brings more than 30 years of experience as an architect, having served as president for seven years, leading Frank Webb Architects, a healthcare practice that merged with SLAM in 2018. Prior to his appointment as president of SLAM, he served as market and design lead for the firm’s Los Angeles office, developing business opportunities for the healthcare and higher education practice. He has also served on the board of directors for the past four years.
Finucane will maintain all current leadership roles, in addition to her responsibilities as chairman of the board. “The world is pivoting post-pandemic, and this is the right time to clarify our passions and purpose in all we do,” says Finucane. “At SLAM, we have learned that our employees thrive in a one-firm approach defined by more flexibility and inter-office collaboration executed within an entrepreneurial management structure.”
“When our firms merged four years ago, it was about continuing to grow as a national practice and expand our existing healthcare footprint, taking on bigger and more complex projects,” says Coles. “We currently rank as the 15th largest healthcare design firm in the country.”
“The world is rethinking everything; I equate change with growth, and our new leadership team has the energy, experience and vision to achieve our strategic plan,” says Pulito.