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Robert Griggs

Robert Griggs

A lifelong Missourian, Robert Griggs graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1977. In 1979, Robert did something his college friends found daring—bordering on crazy: He and a business associate started their own company, Trinity Products, Inc. While his contemporaries struggled in entry-level corporate jobs, the 23-year-old Agricultural Economics major from rural Missouri saw opportunity in the steel pipe business, and grabbed it. Initially, Trinity Products’ mission was to provide quality products and services to the construction industry, piling contractors, road-boring contractors, utility contractors and the caisson industry.


  • Open Book Management
  • Complex Manufacturing Business
  • Exit Strategies
  • Executive Leadership
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • New Product Development
  • Business to Business Sales
  • Continuous Improvement


  • Author of highly successful book on Open Book Management.
  • Selected Entrepreneur of the year.
  • Successfully lobbied Congress for Fair Trade Legislation.
  • Accomplished speaker & teacher with curriculum covering complex manufacturing.
  • Pioneered several industry disruptive technologies & products, revolutionizing the industry.
  • Founder of Sales & Customer Development Program for major university.
  • Subject of several business periodical articles highlighting entrepreneurship.


  • Board Member / Past President; National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors – NASPD
  • Founding Board Member; Center for Sales and Customer Development, University of Missouri
  • Advisory Board Member (Entrepreneurship Alliance; and Center for Sales & Customer Development) University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business
  • Chair Vistage of Missouri
  • Founder of Griggs Innovators Nexus; University of Missouri