About Richard

RICHARD SEAMAN is the Board Chairman of Seaman Corporation, where he served as CEO from 1976 to 2015. He assumed the leadership role of this family busi­ness in 1978 after his father passed away at the young age of 55. 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 innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization and a Trustee on the board of the College of Wooster. 

 

About Richard

RICHARD SEAMAN is the Board Chairman of Seaman Corporation, where he served as CEO from 1976 to 2015. He assumed the leadership role of this family busi­ness in 1978 after his father passed away at the young age of 55. 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 innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization and a Trustee on the board of the College of Wooster. 

 

About the Book

A Vibrant Vision

Challenges to the entrepreneurial spirit are complex, particularly in a family business if the entrepreneur wants to have the business survive him/herself and successfully grow into future generations. This vision contrasts sharply with the lifestyle business or “harvest your business” mentality promoted by venture capital or private equity models. To have a vision of growing a small family business into a sustainable multi-million dollar business requires distinctive processes that support innovation, human capital development, strategic planning, and quality assurance in manufacturing and service. Additional distinct processes must be created and implemented that support good governance and effective education and stewardship of future generations of family shareholders. A Vibrant Vision shares the experiences of the author in his growing family business after his father passed away, and building this industrial fabrics business into a multi-million company while at the same time encouraging his children and grandchildren to become stewards of this treasure we call a family business.

What People Are Saying

“A VIBRANT VISION lays out a path for visionary entrepreneurs to build not only successful, sustainable businesses, but also BE a force for good while still participating vigorously in a market-based society.”
Daniel Isenberg
Executive Director, The Babson Entrepreneurship Executive Project

“A VIBRANT VISION is a compelling call for stewardship and building an institution out of a family business.” 
John Ward
Co-director, The Center for Family Enterprises at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management 

“APPLYING THE LESSONS of this insightful, engrossing book­, based on Seaman’s own family business experience, will greatly increase your chances for multi-generational success.”
Teresa Amabile
Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, Harvard Business School 

What People Are Saying

“A VIBRANT VISION lays out a path for visionary entrepreneurs to build not only successful, sustainable businesses, but also BE a force for good while still participating vigorously in a market-based society.”
Daniel Isenberg
Executive Director, The Babson Entrepreneurship Executive Project

“A VIBRANT VISION is a compelling call for stewardship and building an institution out of a family business.” 
John Ward
Co-director, The Center for Family Enterprises at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

“APPLYING THE LESSONS of this insightful, engrossing book­, based on Seaman’s own family business experience, will greatly increase your chances for multi-generational success.”
Teresa Amabile
Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, Harvard Business School 

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The Importance of Founding Principles and Values

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Family businesses have unique cultures. Multigenerational family businesses continue to thrive because they remain focused on the principles and values that define those unique cultures. These values may include innovation, work ethic, strong customer and supplier relationships, and dedication to associates.