Jim Armer named newest CTA principal

By: Travis Estvold
15 August 2018

CTA Architects Engineers is excited to announce associate principal Jim Armer, PE, CEM, has been named the newest member of its principal ownership team.

Armer, a licensed mechanical engineer, joined CTA in 2005. As director of the firm’s Energy Services division, he spearheaded implementation of the first 100% natural refrigerant grocery store in the U.S. and has developed on-site energy cogeneration systems for a number of facilities. Although his background is largely mechanical, Armer’s focus on energy efficiency has allowed him to develop a diverse understanding of the adjacent fields of refrigeration, HVAC, plumbing, electrical engineering, and even some architecture.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University and holds certifications through the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Association of Energy Engineers’ Certified Energy Manager (CEM) program.

When Armer isn’t traveling across the country to meet with clients, he’s working closely with CTA team members to develop strategies to meet project needs. He also spends a significant amount of time on business development, strategic initiatives, and methodology for properly deploying capital for improvements to facilities. But he ensures a portion of his time is always reserved for strategic planning for CTA’s future. His current long-term goal for CTA Architects Engineers: continue developing meaningful relationships with clients and colleagues to last a lifetime.

“We’re fortunate to have a storied, 80-year history that consists of a strong culture built on respect and doing the right thing, every time,” he said. “We’ll continue to innovate, and create and search for opportunities to grow our team through diversified projects across the U.S. and beyond.”

As a new principal, Armer’s aim is to enable others to succeed as he has been enabled. “Throughout my engineering career, I’ve had a strong desire to continually and consistently improve. Specifically, I’ve expanded my horizons by being curious, challenging the status quo, and taking lots of opportunities to be a sponge through learning. The reality is that my own improvement is a product of the tools and encouragement provided by CTA, our great colleagues, and the fantastic clients we’ve been able to partner with. One of my focused efforts is to build on a vision of embracing technology and guiding both CTA and our clients through decision-making based on research and a thorough understanding of data.”

Following the announcement, Armer was lauded by fellow principals for his leadership and exemplification of firm values. “Jim is a dreamer — a big, outside-of-the-box thinker who will challenge the status quo and look for new angles to bring a higher level of service to our clients,” architect Greg Matthews said. Architect Brad Sperry chimed in as well: “Jim is that guy that is always thinking between two and 200 steps ahead of what is going on right in front of us today. He embodies our motto of ‘Pioneering Environments’ to a tee, and I can’t wait to see where we go from here!”

“We’re very proud to welcome Jim to CTA’s leadership team and look forward to seeing the results of his contributions for many years to come,” CTA president Scott Wilson concluded.

The Armer family (L to R):
Jim, Leah, Melissa, and Logan

Away from work, Armer’s favorite thing is attempting to keep up with his kids, Leah (6) and Logan (8). “They keep my wife, Melissa, and me on our toes!” he noted. He also enjoys coaching, home improvement projects, gardening, fishing, and hunting.

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