Bob Chapman

Chairman & CEO, Barry-Wehmiller 


Monday, October 19, 9:00-10:00 am. Imperial Ballroom.

Recently named the #3 CEO in the world in an Inc. magazine article, Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO of St. Louis, MO-based Barry-Wehmiller. 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senior executive of this private company in 1975 at age 30 when the 80-year-old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a very weak financial position.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 to become a $2.5B global manufacturing business with 11.000 team members.

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’s experiences and the transformation he championed were the inspiration behind the bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family.

Bob Chapman imagines a world where every person matters. He imagines a world full of caring work environments in which people can realize their gifts, apply and develop their talents, and feel a genuine sense of fulfillment for their contributions. Chapman imagines a world in which people leave work each day fulfilled and are better spouses, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, neighbors, citizens of the world. Because everyone—including you—matters.

Chapman imagines these things because he knows they exist. They exist because his commitment to people-centric leadership made them a reality at Barry-Wehmiller Companies.