Bob Shell Retires After 67 Years
Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:58

Bob Shell Retires After 67 Years

Robert “Bob” Shell is retiring as Chairman of the Board and will now serve as Chairman Emeritus. In 1950, Shell joined The Baldwin Company for a job scheduled to last nine months and ending up staying 67 years.

He was named the President and Chief Executive Officer in 1983 following the death of Baldwin Company co-founder Werner Knoop at which time the company name changed to Baldwin & Shell.

Under Shell’s leadership, the firm’s sales volume went from $19 million in 1984 to over $211 million in 2010, when Shell was named Chairman of the Board and Scott Copas became President and CEO.

"Bob changed the landscape in the construction industry in Arkansas in the late 1950s,” said President/CEO Scott Copas. “He was a leader in the shift from straight bid jobs to negotiated jobs based on the contractor qualifications, which is now the industry standard.”

Over the years, Shell has been honored many times for both his professional achievements and contributions to the community. He is one of five charter members of the Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame, a former president of Arkansas Associated General Contractors of America, a national lifetime director of Associated General Contractors of America and Arkansas Business Executive of the Year. He received the Blind Vision Award from World Services of the Blind, the Jerry Davis Memorial Award from the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer Arkansas Advocate of the Year.

Shell currently serves as a board member for Baptist Health Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Alzheimer’s Arkansas, Associated General Contractors of America, Arkansas Associated General Contractors, President’s Advisory Council for Arkansas State University, Advisory Board of Centennial Bank, and Fifty for the Future.

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