Milestones: Jim Webb, 1954-2012

Jim Webb, founder of foodservice design firm Webb Design, passed away on October 24.

Jim Webb, founder of foodservice design firm Webb Design, passed away recently.

Webb started the firm in 1989 and was known as one of the premier contemporary space designers in the hospitality field. His legacy includes a sustained ability for delivering visionary design and outstanding project management, reflected by the regular recognition the firm receives from its peers in the form of local, regional and national design awards.

“Jim Webb was a remarkable man and an extraordinary leader, who guided our firm’s impressive success for more than two decades,” says Webb Design Managing Principal Gina Brinegar. “He leaves an indelible legacy and will be missed by the entire Webb Design family.”

Among Webb's legacies is his passion for innovative environmental design. Today, the firm he founded is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and boasts many staff members that have achieved LEED accreditation.

“Jim Webb was an early leader in touting the benefits of sustainable business practices, showing our clients how they can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line while also offering unique design options," says Design Principal Costel Coca. "We are proud to carry on this long-standing tradition of helping our clients realize the many advantages that great, sustainable design affords them, including the ability to make decisions based on true market conditions.”

“The food service world certainly mourns with Webb Design’s team this week as they mark the passing of my good friend Jim Webb, who founded Webb Design,” adds Cary Wheeland, senior vice president of Bon Appétit Management Co.. “Jim developed a team of professionals whose cutting edge work is admired across the industry. We will continue to enjoy a strong relationship with the firm in the years ahead.”