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Spotlight On: Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies

Spend just five minutes with Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, and you’ll discover two things: His optimism is infectious and his passion for providing a fulfilling work environment for his employees is palpable. These two traits have been central to the success he has achieved at the helm of the privately-held capital equipment and engineering consulting giant, a thriving $1.8 billion global industry leader. We’re thrilled to put Bob in the spotlight today.

What inspired you to want to be a speaker?

A feeling that I was blessed with a message that I was called to share with the world, a message of caring.

Any advice for aspiring speakers?

Tell people what you are going to tell them, and then…TELL THEM. Keep the message simple, yet powerful.

What do you like to leave audiences with?

A path toward a better life and a better world.

Do you have an especially memorable event you spoke at that you can tell us about? 

I love events where people can ask questions, in order to have more engagement in the message.

Is there a charitable cause that you feel passionate about? Why?

I am passionate about a non-profit called “Our Community Listens”,  where we teach people to LISTEN–which is the most valuable gift you can give anyone!

If you had to choose a new career, what would it be?

Exactly what I am doing…leadership!

Desert island album?

Anything by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Best subject in school?

Business classes.

Last book you read? 

Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek.

Who would you love to hear speak? 

Simon Sinek!