Robert H. Buckman
Former CEO, Bulab Holdings, Inc.
Robert Buckman served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bulab Holdings, Inc., the holding company of Buckman Laboratories, from 1978 until his retirement in December 2000. He holds degrees from Purdue University and the University of Chicago, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from both North Carolina State University and Asbury Theological Seminary, an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Rhodes College in Memphis, an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, and an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Furman University. He is on the Board of Trustees of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina; the Board of Trustees of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee; the Board of Directors of APQC in Houston, Texas; and the Board of Directors of Bulab Holdings, Inc. in Memphis. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Rhodes College, the Board of Directors of LeBonheur Children's Center Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Church Health Center, all in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a member of the Society of Entrepreneurs (Memphis), Phi Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, and the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Knowledge Management.
In 1988 he was named Exporter of the Year by the Mid-South Exporters Roundtable; in 1991 was the recipient of the Cook-Halle Award in recognition of his contributions to industry and community in Memphis; in 1993 was named "Master of Free Enterprise" by Junior Achievement of Greater Memphis in recognition of his business leadership and civic contributions; in 1996 received the Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award from Purdue University; in 1996 was the recipient of the Knowledge Management Leadership Award from Business Intelligence in London; and in 1998 was named a Distinguished Delphi Fellow as a visionary behind one of the most widely cited knowledge management initiatives to date (presented by The Delphi Group of Boston). In 2001 he was the recipient of the Purdue University Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award for his outstanding accomplishments in the specialty chemicals industry and his leadership in the field of knowledge management and knowledge sharing. In 1996, under the leadership of Bob Buckman, Buckman Laboratories was recipient of the Arthur Andersen LLP 1996 Enterprise Award for Best Practices in the category of Knowledge Sharing in the Organization; in 1997, Buckman Laboratories was recipient of the 1997 Computerworld Smithsonian Award for visionary use of information technology in the Manufacturing category. In 2000 was named one of the top ten Most Admired Knowledge Leaders for his world-class knowledge leadership contributions to his company and to the New Economy. The study was conducted by Teleos and Work Frontiers International. In 2000 and 2002 Buckman Labs was the winner of the Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises study for its strong corporate knowledge culture, knowledge leadership, and transforming corporate knowledge into shareholder value. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Master Entrepreneur Award presented jointly by The Society of Entrepreneurs and Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South. In 2015 Bob and his wife, Joyce, were recipients of the Crystal Award for "Outstanding Philanthropists" presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Memphis.
Bob is an avid fisherman and enjoys snow skiing with his friends and family. He is married to Joyce Mollerup and they have four children and ten grandchildren.