Formerly, vice president – government affairs & community relations for The Timken Company.
Bob led a department focused on actively supporting and defending the interests of manufacturing at all levels of government. His department functioned as the link between The Timken Company and officials with the local, state, federal and international governments. He also launched the Timken Good Government Fund (PAC) and served as its Treasurer. He has been actively involved in numerous political campaigns and provides information on elections, issues and legislation that primarily affect the manufacturing industry. Bob also had the responsibility to guide, direct and expand the company’s community relations function, which involved various programs and tactics to encourage more active and positive engagement by the company and its associates.
After joining Timken in 1975, he supervised financial functions including general accounting, taxes, economic and financial analysis, investor relations and public affairs. He gained manufacturing experience at the company’s bearing plant in Colmar, France. He was given the responsibility to design and launch a government affairs program in 1989. He grew the program into one of the most respected and effective GA programs in the industry.
Lapp served on the board of the Ohio Manufacturers Association, having completed a term as chairman. He chaired the Ohio Prosperity Project, a non-profit, non-partisan organization created by employers and business groups to educate and inform Ohio workers about public policy issues and elections. Lapp served on the board of directors of the Ohio Public Expenditure Council. He also served on the Public Affairs Council, the Ohio Lobbying Association and various committees in the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Ohio Steel Council and the Ohio Business Roundtable. Lapp was a trustee of the Stark Development Board Inc. and was a member of its executive committee. He is a graduate of Leadership Stark County and formerly served as chairman of the Stark County Government Leadership Academy.
Lapp received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami (Ohio) University and a master’s degree in industrial management from The University of Akron.