Robert H. Chapman received a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University in 1967 and an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1968. He joined Barry-Wehmiller from Price Waterhouse in 1969 and spent six years in a self-created leadership development program that gave him hands-on experience in every discipline. He became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the family-owned company in 1975 upon his father’s death.
Mr. Chapman’s commitment to inspirational leadership, continuous improvement and disciplined growth has helped transform Barry-Wehmiller into a well-balanced and financially solid company with dedicated team members working together to realize a vision he articulates as “Achieving Principled Results on Purpose.”
Over the past two decades, Barry-Wehmiller has leveraged a strategic combination of acquisition and organic growth initiatives to become a leading provider of manufacturing technology and engineering consulting solutions to a global customer base. In 2011, annual revenues topped $1.2 billion, continuing a pattern of 18 percent compound growth in revenue and share value over a 23-year period.
Barry-Wehmiller continues to focus on a purposeful balance of people and performance aimed at creating and sustaining meaningful jobs that enrich the lives of its associates and their families. As a result of the company’s commitment to strengthening the business through disciplined new investments in leadership, technology and continuous improvement, Barry-Wehmiller remains poised for continued growth in value for all stakeholders.
Mr. Chapman’s unique vision and achievements in business leadership have made him a much sought-after speaker for a variety of professional conferences, including the 2011 Mid-America Corporate Growth Conference, the 2010 HERO Forum for Employee Health Management, the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership’s 2010 International Conference, and the St. Louis Business Journal’s Salute to the Top 150 Privately Held Companies in St. Louis.