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ms Q+A: David Hoening

Maggie Kearns Francis

August 23, 2018


I started my architecture career in 2002 after graduating from BGSU with a BA in Architecture. I have been at ms for 3 years and am team leader of the ALDI Webberville Division. My wife Jen has a company, Little Bean Embroidery, where she embroiders, sews, and makes t-shirt quilts. When I’m not working you can find me at an ice rink watching our sons Weston, 6, and Cohen, 11. My daughter, Lilly, 14, will be a freshman in high school, and I’m looking forward to seeing her play tennis this fall. I’ve recently started my own company, Reclaimed Sticks, designing 3D hanging artwork that looks like team logos. It’s been fun, I not only enjoy working on the artwork but my artwork uses broken hockey sticks so I’m saving them from the landfills.


What was your first job?
My first job was a lifeguard and teaching small boating at Woodland Trails Boy Scout Camp.


What is one item on your bucket list?
To visit all 50 states in the U.S. I have four left to visit: Maine, Alaska, California, and Hawaii.


If you could have a cup of coffee with anyone, who would it be?
Wayne Gretzky


Favorite ice cream flavor?
Buckeye from Whit’s Frozen Custard


Last thing you read?
I’m not a book reader. The last book I read was an ice hockey drill book.


Best concert you’ve been to?
Violent Femmes


Farthest you’ve been from home?
Spokane, Washington


Cook in or eat out?
Eat out


Who would play you in a movie?
Adam Sandler


If you could live one day over again, which would you pick?
Couldn’t pick just one.


What sets ms apart from other engineering & architecture firms?


How would you describe your design style?


What would you go back and tell your 22 year old self?
Don’t be afraid to dream, and make those dreams come true…


You’ve got one day in Columbus. What do you do?
Check out a few of the new local sites like the newly remodeled Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard, 16-Bit Bar + Arcade (I’ve never been but would love to go). Then go see a Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game.


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Man, haven’t thought about this in a long time. But if I had free time, I’d love to just relax fly fishing on a back county river in Idaho.


Any final words?
My favorite quote: “This too shall pass.”