Camdenton’s Coldwell Banker Lake Country Realtor Bobbie Carson, grew up on a farm in Illinois and at the age of 18, in 1944, he volunteered to join the U.S. Army Infantry. After a rugged training camp, he was assigned to the 45th Rainbow Infantry Division, loaded on a troop ship in New Jersey, and landed in Marseilles, France. They were transported directly to the front lines to fight the German Army in extremely cold, rainy and snowy conditions. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroic action during WWII. He was one of the first American soldiers to go through the Siegfried line in Germany, and one of the first of 20 riflemen to enter the gates of the Dachau Concentration Camp, near Munich. Thank you, Sir, for your service! After returning home, Bobbie’s father, a field construction superintendent for the Pritchard Corporation, arranged for him to be interviewed by the company’s home office and he was hired for a field office position. After two years working on various large oil and gas products, Bobbie was promoted to the home office and eventually became a top executive officer with the company.
The Pritchard Corporation was recognized as a top rated international process design, engineering and construction company. The company was bought out four times by larger engineering firms. Bobbie was the Vice President of corporate procurement with J.F. Pritchard and Company and UOP, an international engineering and construction firm, headquartered in K.C., Mo. They designed and engineered oil refineries, petrol-chemical plants and gas processing plants. He worked with such oil giants as Shell, Exxon, Phillips, Texaco and more. Careful financial, as well as materials, management are critical to success when buying for one-time projects. Continuous monitoring of schedules also is vital, since late deliveries can lead to big cost overruns. While at UOP, Bobbie developed a computerized Material Status Reporting System, that kept track of this and much more. Material status reports then flowed from five world offices to the UOP Data Center where he and his team monitored their progression. He also worked as President and head of world-wide procurement of IPS International.
Bobbie traveled the world making and overseeing multi-million and sometimes billion-dollar deals, including: Saudi Arabia and all the United Emirate, South Korea, Europe, Paris, London, Germany, South America, Australia, Spain, Japan, Belgium and more.