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ATHENA PowerLink

COMPANY: Dix.Hite + Partners

TITLE: President

FOUNDED: 1996

LOCATION: Longwood, FL, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL

Phone Number: (407) 667-1777

Email: kmorphy@dixhite.com
chite@dixhite.com

WEBSITE: www.dixhite.com

Dix.Hite + Partners, Inc. is a progressive, award-winning landscape architecture and public-realm design firm founded in 1996 that has grown to 36 people in three offices, including in Longwood, Fla., Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, Ga. The firm helps private developers and public agencies throughout the southeastern United States and the world envision and build inspired shared spaces, amenities and streetscapes with a focus on sustainability and low-impact development. Dix.Hite’s portfolio includes parks and trails, assisted living and senior housing, mixed-use urban developments, resorts, town centers, multi-family housing and civic buildings.

The firm’s president and co-founder, Chris Hite, engaged the ATHENAPowerLink program in 2017 as the company approached a critical juncture. Co-founder Jeff Dix, who had been leading projects for 21 years, would soon be stepping back from day-to-day operations. Much of the transitional structure already was in place, but the firm’s leadership knew that input from a well-rounded board such as PowerLink would help. The resulting transition plan included not only how to transfer actual ownership to whom and when, but also how to ensure time was made for Dix to mentor and transfer knowledge to other team members.

Further, the team adopted a new corporate philosophy: Growth will come from doing the things the practitioners love and excel at without the distraction of competing for market share. Team members pursue impactful projects, the type that inspired them to study landscape architecture in the first place, such as the new Oviedo Center Lake Park and Town Center.


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