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National Speaker Bob Chapman to Kick Off CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series at St. Norbert On Sept. 24

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From St. Norbert College, September 4, 2019
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College’s 22nd CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series will kick-off with a national speaker in an afternoon session.

Now under the auspices of the college’s Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics, the series will begin with Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry­-Wehmiller. Chapman will present “The Privilege of Leadership: The Courage to Care” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Michels Commons Ballroom at St. Norbert College. A special reception with Chapman will follow his presentation.
Recently named the No. 3 CEO in the world in an Inc. magazine article, Chapman says he is intentional about using his platform as a business leader to build a better world.

Chapman is chairman and CEO of St. Louis, MO-based Barry-Wehmiller, a $2.5 billion global manufacturing business with 11,000 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 (10 in the U.S.) serving primarily the packaging, paper-converting, sheeting and corrugating industries. Chapman became the senior executive of the private company in 1975 at age 30 when the 80-year-old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a weak financial position.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 almost 90 successful acquisitions.
Chapman shares his leadership journey and the story of Barry-Wehmiller whenever he can as 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 good for business, it leads to meaningful work and fulfillment for team members.

The cost of the session is $75 to hear Chapman. Space is limited; you can register at by email at or by phone at 920-403-3440.

The CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for local business people to meet face-to-face with some of the most respected leaders in the business community and to network with other leaders in the region. Speakers share their unique strategies for facing specific business challenges. Topics are selected by the speakers, and their comments are candid, insightful and not likely to be heard in public elsewhere. Seating is unassigned and questions are accepted from the audience at the end of each presentation.
The CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series presentations will be held in Appleton at the Butte des Morts Country Club and on the St. Norbert campus.

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