Baldwin & Shell Looks Outside Arkansas for Growth

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 12:00 am  

Scott Copas (left), the new president and CEO of Baldwin & Shell, has unveiled a strategic plan for the company. Bob Shell (inset), the chairman of Baldwin & Shell of Little Rock, said that for the first time in the company’s history it is “tippy-toeing” into markets outside of Arkansas.  (Copas photo by Mark Friedman | Shell photo by Michael Pirnique)

Copas continued to receive promotions and in 2012 was named executive vice president and chief operating officer.

His management philosophy is to let his department heads handle the work and not micromanage them.

“I look for highly qualified, highly educated creative people to step up to the plate and manage the operations of the company,” Copas said. “And I think it’s my job to take the vision of the board and the vision of the partners to the next level and find the real talent in the company and put them in the appropriate positions.”

In 2012, Shell “knew that we needed to transition the responsibilities for running the company over to me,” Copas said.

The move was a natural fit for Copas, who had been handling a lot of the management responsibilities for several years anyway.

“We had a three-year transition period, but we did not formally announce it to anybody,” he said. “So it really wasn’t a huge change in 2014 for me to take over as CEO.”

 

 

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