CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, PRESIDENT*
Bob Howell began his career with SSOE in 1980. During his tenure, he worked his way up from a draftsman trainee through draftsman, designer, senior designer, and project manager. He was named an associate in 1990.
In 1993, Bob helped “kick start” the firm’s food sector. He was named a principal in 1999, ultimately taking the helm of all Industrial Process Operations in 2004. Under his leadership, the Industrial Operations group grew significantly–adding a number of Fortune 500 and international clients to the company’s roster. Bob moved into an International Operations position in late 2008 to support SSOE’s expansion globally, specifically in Asia, where he assisted in growing our Shanghai office into SSOE’s second largest office at the time and initiated our acquisition of NKS / d-Tech in India. In October 2009, Bob was named Chief Operating Officer, responsible for SSOE’s global operations.
In 2006, Bob was elected to SSOE’s Board of Directors and served as Chairman from December 2007 to December 2012. Due to term limits, Bob relinquished his Board seat in 2013 and became a non-voting Board Advisor. He was re-elected to the Board in December of 2013 and now serves in a permanent capacity during his tenure as CEO. Bob serves on a number of community boards and was recently honored by EY as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award for Michigan and Northwest Ohio.