In 1950, Bob Shell joined The Baldwin Company for a job scheduled to last nine months and ending up staying 70 years. Bob started in the field as a payroll clerk and worked his way up through the company, eventually becoming company President, Chairman, and Chairman Emeritus.
He was named the President and Chief Executive Officer in 1983 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. Bob retired in 2017 but still graced the Baldwin & Shell halls on a regular basis.
"Through his years of faithful service, Bob established a foundation and code of ethics that we still embrace today,” said President/CEO Scott Copas.
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. Most recently, Bob and his wife, Ginny, were named the 2018 National Philanthropy Day "Outstanding Philanthropists" for their work in our community by Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Shell has served 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.
A visitation will be held Thursday, August 8th from 5pm – 7pm at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock. Services will be 3:30pm on Friday, August 9th at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock.