Director of Contractor Programs
The Barbour Group
Bob Weston joined The Barbour Group as Director of Contractor Programs. His experience as a bridge builder and opportunity connector within the public and private procurement marketplace intensifies the agency’s political prowess to enable small businesses.
Over the last several years, Weston has gained valuable experience from consulting with the State Interagency Committee on School Construction, developing and implementing revised MBE / WBE procedures for all school construction projects within the state and the University of Pittsburgh Department of Race and Social Issues to promoting policies to increase participation for MBE / WBE on capital projects. Weston conducted a study to examine Title VI of the Civil Rights Act in an effort to include MBE /WBE for state and local agencies.
Prior to his consulting career, Weston worked with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of General Services, in the capacity of Minority and Female Business Coordinator for the Division of Construction and Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities. Helping businesses navigate the often confusing political jungle, Weston has cleared the path for construction owners to gain more market share.
Bob held several leadership roles with the Montgomery County Public School system, Construction Division. During his 25 year tenure, the agency enjoyed the lowest cost per square foot of any of Maryland's twenty-four school districts. Under Bob’s leadership the Montgomery County Public School system never went to court or arbitration.
Whether needing to understand and or maintain compliance, evaluate positioning, execute the necessary forms or simply working with a business to identify local / state and or federal opportunities, Weston is a proven advocate.
With a consultative approach, Weston will work with The Barbour Group clients to assess their position and ability to leverage their MBE / WBE status while developing and implementing strong business practices around compliance and regulations. He will be instrumental in facilitating and structuring the Hensel Phelps Small Business Program for which The Barbour Group has been granted an exclusive contract to assist Hensel Phelps with their subcontractor base in the Mid-Atlantic area.
Weston has received numerous awards including State of Maryland Governor’s Citation, Award of Recognition and Appreciation by Maryland Minority Contractors Association, National Association of Minority Contractors, Prince George’s Minority Contractor’s, The Urban League, and NAACP.
An active participant in critical matters that are of concern to small businesses, Weston has frequently been the keynote speaker at such prestigious events as the American Bar Association annual meeting, National Association of Minority Contractors Annual Convention, and the National Association of Women in Construction. As well, Weston is recognized as an expert witness. He has extensive experience in testifying to the Maryland General Assembly on Minority and Economic Development and to the United States Congress House Appropriations Committee for school funding for D.C. public schools.
Weston received his B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Baltimore College of Commerce and his M.P.A from University of Baltimore.