Bob Baron Discusses CEO Transition
During a conversation with company founder Bob Baron, he shared his thoughts on Bob Dreisewerd moving into the CEO role and some of his personal recollections as the company has grown over the last 30 plus years. As this change occurs, he asked that we share these thoughts along with the numerous technological innovations that spanned those years. Here is his message in his own words:
“I’m excited to announce my move to Board Chair of Baron Weather and announce that Bob Dreisewerd will become President and CEO.
For 15 years now, Bob has proven himself as Chief Development Officer as we’ve grown our Broadcast, Radar, and Data divisions. It was his leadership that developed our incredibly successful Lynx operating system and our Next Generation Radar Processor. In fact, I’m proud to note we received 20 patents prior to Bob’s service and an additional 30 during his tenure – so our technical leadership has continued to accelerate. He will be an outstanding leader, and he has my full confidence.
For over 30 years I have been so blessed to lead such a talented staff. Looking back at the early days as a startup I can’t help but remember operating out of our home and be proud of the growth that has occurred for us to become the established leader the company is today.
So, in making this shift, I would like to recognize our staff’s contributions over the years.
- 1st integrated radar/lightning/storm tracker…think of the lives saved.
- Automated “twisting storm” shear alert and track, revolutionary in its day to ubiquitous today
- 1st real-time 3-D storm depiction (VIPIR)
- 1st real-time 3-D everything (Lynx)
- 1st (wildly) successful Weather to the Cockpit system (still the leader after 20 years)
- 1st Weather to the auto (NavWeather)
- NWS NexRad Dual Polarization radar upgrade
- Data and Display provider to almost every cable weather channel in North America.
I have been at the helm of Baron for over 30 years. And while I take great comfort in knowing that we became trailblazers in life-saving technology, I know that the best is yet to come.
It is an appropriate time to pass the torch to the next generation whose talent and energy will build our success going forward.
As Board Chair, I intend to focus my energies and attention on new products and strategic initiatives in support of Bob’s efforts. And it will allow me time to further develop other projects especially the Baron Institute.
I look at this move as not the “end” of anything, but rather the beginning of a brand-new era for the company.
In addition to the big things over the past 30 years, there are wonderful small remembrances that I treasure along with the efforts of my staff and family as they have been along this journey with me.”