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Missouri Man Honored for ’Building the Community’

Sat July 08, 2000 - Midwest Edition
Megan Nichols

Robert P. Elsperman, P.E., CEO and chairman of the board of Tarlton Corporation, received the “Individual of the Year” award at the Greater Missouri Chapter of the March of Dimes’ first annual “Building the Community Awards.”

The new awards program recognizes residential and commercial realtors, home builders and general contractors. It was established to honor individuals and companies that have had a significant impact on improving the quality of life in the St. Louis community. Elsperman has led Tarlton, a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm, in community outreach over the past 40 years.

“To me, it meant recognition of the team of individuals that make our company,” he said. “This allows what I have been able to contribute of my time, treasure and talent to others. Although other companies were recognized, they were for a singular effort. My honor was for a collection of involvements that were undertaken in order to enhance Tarlton’s visibility in the community.

“The recognition in Tarlton’s role in ’Building the Community’ is consistent and ties directly to our mission and how we want to conduct our business. Further, it’s an acknowledgement of our commitment to our future as we continually strive to improve the services that we offer,” Elsperman said.

Elsperman has been active in many St. Louis organizations and charities. He is currently serving as a member of the Salvation Army’s executive committee, property committee, and Camp Mihaska committee. He also serves on the advisory council of the Hope Center. Over the years, Elsperman’s other civic affiliations have included the Boy Scouts of America, United Way, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Howard Park Early Intervention Center, Grace Hill Neighborhood Services, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Harris House Foundation and St. Vincent Home for Children.

Elsperman also has served on nearly every national, regional and local organization in the construction industry, most notably as national treasurer of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, the largest trade association in the United States. Elsperman’s honors include Young Engineer of the Year, Engineer of the Year, AGC of St. Louis Award, and Construction Man of the Year.

Tarlton has worked with numerous community organizations, including the Moog Oral School (profiled in CEG, 2/19/00), South City YMCA and Salvation Army. Tarlton is currently constructing St. Louis’ family-friendly $55-million South City YMCA.

Tarlton also completed work on Booth Manor, a new elderly apartment complex located in the heart of the Benton Park West neighborhood of South St. Louis City.

“Tarlton stands out among its competitors in that is has an organized system of managing subs, consultants, and owner’s representatives and provides a detailed agenda of progress, action items, as well as a three week look ahead schedule. This played a large part in Booth Manor’s success,” said Mike Bauer, Wedemeyer/Cemik/Corrubia, the designer of the Booth Manor.

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