Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Bob Chapman SM

Contributors: From your friends at United Way Fox Cities

Recently named the #3 CEO in the world by Inc., Bob Chapman is very intentional about using his platform as a business leader to build a better world. That is why we are excited to have him present the keynote at our United Way Fox Cities Report to the Community.
 
Chapman is Chairman and CEO of St. Louis, MO-based Barry-Wehmiller, a $3B global manufacturing business with almost 12,000 team members. The company began as a small pasteurizing and bottle washer business in 1885 and, through acquisition and organic growth, has grown into 12 business units serving primarily the packaging, paper converting, sheeting and corrugating industries.
 
Chapman became the senior executive of this private company in 1975 at age 30 when the 80-year-old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a very weak financial position. Despite the obstacles, Chapman applied a unique blend of strategy and culture over the next 40 years in leading Barry-Wehmiller through more than 100 successful acquisitions.
 
Over the past two decades, a series of realizations led him away from traditional management practices to what he now calls Truly Human Leadership--a people-centric approach where his employees feel valued, cared for, and an integral part of the company’s purpose. At Barry-Wehmiller, they have a unique measure of success: by the way they touch the lives of people.

Chapman regularly writes about the powerful intersection of people-centric leadership and good business strategy on his blog, TrulyHumanLeadership.com, and on LinkedIn, where he is an Editor’s pick. In 2016, Harvard Business School released a case study featuring Barry-Wehmiller’s unique approach to business.

Chapman shares his leadership journey and the story of Barry-Wehmiller whenever he can. It is an example of the way businesses and organizations should be focused on creating value for all stakeholders—team members, customers, communities, and shareholders. Not only is it the right thing to do, it creates meaning and fulfillment for team members.


The United Way Annual Report to the Community is April 23 from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel. We would love to have you join us! Registration is available on-line at www.UnitedWayFoxCities.org. $20 per person, or $200 for a table of ten. RSVP by April 18, 2019.