Richard Seaman

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Richard Seaman is the Chairman of Seaman Corporation, where he served as CEO from 1976 to 2015. He assumed the leadership role of his family busi­ness in 1978, after his father passed away at the young age of fifty-five. Under his leadership, Seaman Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial coated fabrics, grew from $10 million in annual sales to nearly $200 million in sales today.

Richard serves as a trustee of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, whose mission is to support entrepreneur­ship and the free enterprise system. In 2012, he was asked by the governor of the state of Ohio to serve as a Commissioner of the Ohio Third Frontier, a billion-dollar initiative focused on creating an innovational and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Family Busi­ness Network, and a trustee on the board of the College of Wooster. Richard was recognized as an Honored Life Member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International and was selected as a Wall of Fame Honoree by the Wooster Area Chamber of Com­merce. In 2015, he was chosen by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Family Business category.

Richard is an avid skier, sailor, photographer, and tennis player. He and his wife, Judy, live in Wooster, Ohio. They and the families of their three chil­dren are committed to being active owners and stewards of their family business enterprise.

A Vibrant Vision is a compelling call for stewardship and building an institution out of a family business.”

~ John Ward, Co-Director, Center for Family Enterprises

Meet Richard Seaman

Meet Richard Seaman
A committed believer in the vitality of entrepreneurship, Richard’s career has been focused on the creative development of the business enterprise. He has developed and implemented many successful business processes, including a family business succession planning process that focuses on family stewardship.
Meet Richard Seaman