Richard Haller


Executive in Residence

Retired President and Chief Operating Officer, Walbridge

Rick Haller, retired as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Walbridge, after 43 years in construction. Walbridge is a comprehensive multi-national construction firm based in Detroit, Michigan. Haller, is founder and CEO of Haller Leadership Group, LLC., providing independent consulting and support to closely held companies in areas of organizational change, transition and strategy, and executive mentoring and coaching.

Haller is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in civil engineering and has pursued graduate business studies at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Executive business studies at the University of Michigan and Harvard University followed. In 2007, he earned a bachelor’s degree in theological studies from Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.

Haller is committed to the future of his profession as an active board member of the Engineering Advisory Boards at the University of Michigan, Oakland University, and Lawrence Technological University.

In 2011, he was recognized for his career achievements and was named to the National Academy of Construction. The NAC is an organization that recognizes and honors distinguished achievement in National Construction Industry and works to create sustainable improvements in the value the industry delivers to society. Haller serves on the strategic planning committee. Additionally, in 2011, he accepted nomination to the Siena Heights University, Adrian Michigan, Board of Trustees.

What Haller enjoys most in his present life’s journey is the work at the Center for Positive Organizations. The opportunity to learn from recognized leaders in the field, to stay abreast of the latest research in POS and to work with students and practitioners, is both fulfilling and impactful.

Why is Rick a CPO Executive in Residence?

The Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) represents for me a pathway for organizations to thrive and succeed by applying Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) research and tools to their most valuable asset, their Human Capital.

CPO, as I view it, is the nexus where POS researchers, students and the private sector learn, share, discuss, collaborate and implement in order to create and nurture positive deviation within the evolving workplace culture and host environment.

My interest is simple, I want to be a part of this ground breaking work to learn and share my experience. Why? Because the work is compelling, meaningful and relevant. How could any leader miss an opportunity to grow from this work? It’s both evolutionary and revolutionary.

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