We Believe in People, Purpose, Performance. Bob Chapman Chairman and CEO. Who We Are. Barry-Wehmiller Companies. Founded in 1885 in St. Louis, we began a new leadership journey in 1975 as a $20 million producer of brewery equipment with marginal financial strength and have become:
Founded in 1885 in St. Louis, we began a new leadership journey in 1975 as a $20 million producer of brewery equipment with marginal financial strength and have become:
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Total Revenues: $1.1 Billion
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(18% Compound Growth)
Joined BW in 1969 and worked in all disciplines
Upon my father’s death in 1975, my intense period of leadership development began at age 29.
At this same time, I was raising a family of six, and was experiencing a wide range of similar leadership and life challenges.My Leadership Journey
1983 - 1987Extended period of financial crisis
1985 Began acquisitions to re-engineer company, inspired by Emerson model for growth
1987IPO on London Stock Exchange resolved financial crisis
1988A new beginning with focus on “Achieving Principled Results on Purpose”
My personal vision became…
“To touch as many lives positively as I can”My Leadership Journey
At Barry-Wehmiller, we believe that business enterprise has the opportunity to become the most powerful positive influence on our society by providing a cultural environment in which people can realize their gifts, develop and apply their talents, and feel a genuine sense of FULFILLMENTfor their contributions in pursuit of a common inspirational vision.
“You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
We believe that we are stewards of each unique person who is part of our organization!
“I am talking to my wife more!”
– Ken BlanchardWhat We Believe
We believe in People,Purpose and Performance.
It is with this simple clarity of purpose that we strive to harmonize all aspects of our vision and related leadership and recognition initiatives.
Visioninghas become not only a discipline for our business units, but a powerful leadership technique for all departments and teams.
Visioning is more powerful than simply planning; it inspires the engagement of the entire organization.Vision . . . Where and Why?
Barry-Wehmiller University is founded upon the conviction that it is our responsibility to develop an integrated, inspirational and sustainable way of living our L3 vision.
We now teach our own people-centric approach to continuous improvement.
“I believe we can change the world for the better… one job at a time!”
“I personally continue to learn and practice the tools we have been exposed to in this journey. I am blown away on how simple the items are, but sadly we don’t always practice to the fullest. I feel that this journey will make me a better leader and, more importantly, a better person.”
– Vince Jones, FleetwoodGoldcoWyard
In each learning opportunity, a key question we ask is: “How does this make you feel?”
“It is the first time anyone ever asked me what I thought! It gives me a sense of hope.”
– Larry Pierquet
43-year PCMC UAW Assembler
– Richard Pike, HayssenSandiacre
After winning the GPL SSR award, Ruth Gumnitzky of MarquipWardUnited drove the car to the cemetery to show her mother, who had passed away.Guiding Principles of Leadership SSR
We need to move from management to “inspiration.”
You, as leaders, have all the power within you to make this a better world…
one job at a time!
“The Wizard of Oz”