Ross & Baruzzini Celebrates 65th Year in Business

Ross & Baruzzini is pleased to announce its 65th anniversary. Founded in 1953, Ross & Baruzzini has expanded from a two-person engineering firm to its present team of more than 300 professionals that operate throughout the United States serving clients in more than 30 countries.

Headquartered in Webster Groves, Missouri, Ross & Baruzzini has been recognized locally and nationally including yearly rankings in Engineering News-Record, moving up 200 spots in the last 10 years, and most notably voted as a Best Place to Work by the St. Louis Post Dispatch and St. Louis Business Journal. Additionally, the firm has experienced explosive growth, both organically and through acquisitions. Ross & Baruzzini has acquired four firms in the past five years expanding service offerings in multiple markets while adding new offices in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Hamden, Conn.

“Our anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the core values and tradition of excellence established by Don Ross and Joe Baruzzini, and to affirm our continued commitment to providing quality design and consulting services to our clients,” said William H. Overturf, III, president. “The industry has seen a number of changes in the last 65 years and we have successfully adapted to these challenges while growing and expanding, and most importantly creating new opportunities for our employees all while maintaining our original culture. The talent and commitment of our staff and our loyal clientele have made this possible. We look forward to many more years of success together.”

Q&A with President William Overturf, III

How do you predict the company will be different in 5 years? How do you see your contribution to that change? What most excites you about the future of the company?

I see our domestic growth continuing on its current trajectory of both organic growth and growth by acquisition. We will add more of our services into our current locations while looking for new partners that offer synergy with our existing markets, with a by-product being additional geographic expansion. In addition, I anticipate continued growth in our international business, propelled in Latin America by our recent Mexico City Airport project win. My primary contribution will be to help develop our existing talent, as well as find new talent that shares these same aspirations for growth.  

In what ways can employees help to drive long-term growth besides just doing a good job at day-to-day tasks?

The professional services business of engineering requires a tremendous amount of human interaction. What often differentiates our people from our competitors is our ability to build relationships based on trust and communication, which often leads to long-term business friendships that contribute to new business and growth. Doing a good job, and in fact, doing a great job, should be the norm. Build a friendship along with doing great work and you then contribute to long-term growth.

What do you wish you knew at the start of your career that took years to understand?

Perhaps the one thing that I have come to understand over the years is that growth is absolute, and without it, every organization will plateau and likely suffer over time. I have experienced the opportunities that are created in a growing environment, and that it enriches your professional and personal lives.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to a young professional looking to succeed?

I always tell people that this business is “the ultimate team sport”, and therefore your teammates are critically important to your success, and the success of the firm. Therefore, my advice is to be the team player that everyone wants on their project internally, and that our clients want on their projects. Believe me, it gets recognized.

What is the best part of working at Ross & Baruzzini?

I love the fact that I am still working with so many of the same people that I worked with on projects more than 25 years ago. These people are long-standing friends, and many of us have “grown up” together. Now, it is so cool to see the next generation taking leadership positions, and in some cases, these are people that I have had direct involvement in helping as they grow their careers. It is personally very gratifying to see people grow and succeed, and be happy people.