Wightman Announces Baxmeyer's Retirement

Wightman, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm, announces the retirement of its first Senior Planner Carl Baxmeyer after 40 years in the field.

Baxmeyer joined Wightman in 2016, serving the architecture team in urban and community planning. Prior to joining Wightman, he was a Principal and Solutions Group Director at Fanning Howey from 1997 to 2016 and had previously owned and operated his own planning consulting firm.

Throughout his career, Baxmeyer played a critical role in helping communities across the United States develop municipal and private sector master planning projects and in aiding education clients with multimillion-dollar bond applications, facility and asset management assessments, and demographic studies and projections. In the process, he championed students, clients, industry partners, and fellow co-workers to identify needs, generate cost-effective solutions, and provide answers that were implementable.

“I have worked with Carl from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific coast and many points in between on projects in large urban areas to very rural communities for over 25 years,” shared Wightman Education Market Sector Leader George Kacan. “He has always focused on serving our clients at the highest levels providing valuable information for them to make informed decisions.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with Carl and be present with him. We will all miss him as an integral part of Wightman as a firm and in our culture; he has touched us all. We wish him the best as he steps into the next chapter of his life, one he has always been passionate about, public service,” Kacan said.

Baxmeyer is retiring from the corporate world but not from his civic interests. He was elected to serve on the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners in Indiana as President, representing District 1.

Wightman President Matt Davis stated, “Carl is that unique professional that combines expertise in planning strategy, project management, and community engagement. His calm demeanor and focus on results helped build trust with clients across the country. I am excited to see him pursuing other passions he loves, and St. Joseph County is fortunate to have him leading their board.”

Baxmeyer and his wife, Susan, live in Clay Township.