Robert R. Simpson, Jr., Appointed President of West Virginia Roundtable


Charleston, W.V., February 1, 2019 – Robert R. Simpson, Jr. has been appointed President of the West Virginia Roundtable, an independent, nonprofit, and non-partisan business organization dedicated to creating a robust business climate in the Mountain State.

“I am honored to serve as President of the West Virginia Roundtable and pledge my best efforts to the accomplishment of its mission,” Simpson said. “In the immediate future we will be focusing on the substantial potential of the proposed Appalachian Storage Hub to positively impact the economy for the benefit of all West Virginians.”

Simpson also is the Director of the BB&T Center for Leadership within the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University. After completing a public accounting career spanning more than 40 years, he joined the full-time faculty at Marshall in the Accountancy and Legal Environment Division in 2011, teaching primarily tax courses and the accounting capstone course. After teaching for five years, he served a year as Interim Dean of the Lewis College of Business.

Simpson is a former chairman of the Roundtable, having served from 2006-2008.

“We are delighted to welcome Bob Simpson as our President,” said Thomas A. Heywood, Roundtable Chairman and Managing Member of Bowles Rice LLP. “Bob is both a visionary and a doer. He cares deeply for West Virginia and West Virginians, and he brings to the table a career of achievement as a professional and a successful entrepreneur. I can think of no one better to lead us forward than Bob Simpson.”

The West Virginia Roundtable was developed in 1984 and seeks to create opportunity and wealth for all West Virginians.

About West Virginia Roundtable
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