Haworth College of Business Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

KaiserRobert S. Kaiser, B.B.A.’78
Owner and Chief Executive Officer
Gallagher-Kaiser Corporation

Robert Kaiser is the owner and CEO of Gallagher-Kaiser Corporation, the world’s premiere automotive paint shop supplier. Kaiser’s father, Joe Kaiser III, started the company in 1952 in Detroit. GK maintains multiple manufacturing facilities in Detroit, with a corporate headquarters in Troy, Michigan.

Under Kaiser’s leadership, the company grew to become a world leader in engineering, procurement and construction and further expanded their capabilities when he purchased Universal Piping Industries in 2010.

After graduating from Western Michigan University with a degree in industrial marketing in 1978, Kaiser went on to work in the family business. In 1984, he began competitive offshore powerboat racing and became a national and world champion. After 14 years on the world circuit, he retired from the sport, was inducted in the hall of fame and focused on being a father of two and growing the corporation.

Today, Gallagher-Kaiser builds General Motors’ most technologically advanced paint shops around the world. The company has won four, consecutive General Motors Supplier of the Year Awards.

In addition to his success in expanding his companies, Kaiser’s business savvy has extended beyond the automotive industry. With extensive real estate holdings of top properties throughout North America, Kaiser has proven to be a dynamic force in the world of business.