J. Wickliffe “Wick” Ach is a Senior Advisor to ArkMalibu. He is an experienced CEO and Executive, having led a large range of projects and a successful team as President and CEO of Hixson Inc. for 35 years.
Hixson ranks among the top 1% of Architectural / Engineering firms in North America, doing projects for corporate clients around the world. Wick first joined the Hixson team in 1977 and became CEO in 1983. Wick’s project expertise spans Specialized Offices for Workplace Optimization, Fashion Retail Department Stores, R&D Facilities, Industrial Processing Facilities, and others.
Culture and strategy are the foundation of the Hixson professional organization. During Wick’s leadership the firm grew to 125 associates across 16+ disciplines, instituted new continuous employment policies, and solidified its values and vision, shaping the culture that is still present at Hixson today.
Prior to his work with Hixson, Wick was also in the manufacturing and construction fields. He has always had a passion for creating unique value and taking pride in what he and his firm creates.
Wick has been a board member of multiple private and publicly traded organizations and also has contributed as a leader and board member in community not-for-profit organizations.
Wick is a graduate of Hillsdale College, having earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics. He and his wife have two adult children and two grandchildren with whom they enjoy spending time.