Charley Penix


Cromwell Architects Engineers Inc.

Little Rock

Age: 57

Charley Penix

Charley Penix became Cromwell's CEO in 2009, succeeding Brent Thompson when Thompson turned 65. Cromwell, founded in 1885 and the largest architectural firm in the state, is committed to sustainable design.

Its portfolio includes some of Arkansas' biggest projects, among them UAMS' Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, a number of expansions at Arkansas Children's Hospital, the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center and theWinthrop Rockefeller Institute's Conference Center atop Petit Jean Mountain.

Penix graduated from UA's Fay Jones School of Architecture and then interned in New York City for world-renowned architect I.M. Pei.