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Tony Steinhardt

Occupation/Company/Organization/Position: 
I’m a principal at RATIO Architects, Inc., an award-winning design and planning firm offering services in architecture, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design & planning, and graphic design.

How long have you been volunteering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful? 
In total, I’ve volunteered for 14 years. I became a board member in 1998, and was part of the creative team that led KIB’s rebranding efforts, as well as the team that worked on building KIB’s headquarters building.

Why/how have you incorporated service into the objectives of your company/association?
RATIO has always been dedicated to enhancing communities – it’s one of the values on which the firm is founded. Our firm has a community relations employee committee that searches out opportunities for our team members and their facilities to support our community via donated design work or volunteering at local events.

Specific to KIB, RATIO has donated time to designing KIB’s new LEED-Gold headquarters building LEED projects; participated in the grant applications and lead the Phase I design efforts for the Interstate 70 public art and beautification project as part of the Lilly Day of Service; and has used our in-house graphic design expertise to create collateral materials for the Rain Barrel and Monumental Affair awards programs.

Why do you choose to partner with KIB on service projects?
KIB’s staff is very professional and makes sure that all service project participants have a great experience through well managed events. More importantly, KIB’s staff inspires participants to contribute to their communities long after the event has ended.

What impact do you feel that the work with KIB has on the community?
KIB has become a top-tier Indianapolis nonprofit organization sought out for their thought leadership with regard to creating sustainable places. Not only has the organization worked hard to impact people’s lives through greening their neighborhoods, but KIB also cultivates community pride and camaraderie between neighbors.

Any information you would like to share? 
I’ve been married to my wife, Hilary for 16 years, and I am the proud dad of a daughter and son. I was born and raised in Madison, IN, and am a graduate of Ball State University. I also volunteer on a Boy Scouts of America National Committee; am a former Society of Marketing Professional Services National Board Member; and a Class XIV graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series.

Why would you encourage others to volunteer with KIB? 
Volunteering with KIB reaps great benefits on many levels. A volunteer will gain an awareness of who they are and how to collaborate with a team. Volunteerism with KIB also teaches leadership skills, and instills a sense of community pride – knowing that you’re participating in something bigger than yourself is a great reward.