Dick Baalmann | Ace Hardware

Dick was active in many campus organizations at Saint Louis University. He was also student body president and a member of Delta Sigma Pi professional fraternity. During his junior year at SLU, Dick and a friend purchased the Mars-Enders Hardware store in Brentwood. Four years later, in 1960, Dick joined Ace Hardware as their 362nd store. From 1960 to 1979, Dick and his partner grew the business from one small store with three employees to six stores with 175 employees and annual volume of $6 million doing business as Ace Village Hardware. Dick served as vice president of the enterprise from 1956 to 1968 and president from 1968 to 1979. Concurrently, he was also president of the Hardware Center from 1956 to 1979 and president of Markat, Inc. from 1970 to 1979.

In 1979, he sold his interest in the hardware chain. Since then his son, with his help, developed the present five stores. During that time Dick devoted his attention to commercial property development, their management, other investments, civic, and charitable works. He has served in numerous leadership roles such as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Bi-State Development Agency from 1982 to 1984; Chairman of the Missouri Housing Development Commission; founding Chairman of the Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope St. Louis as well as Chairman of the National Board; Chairman of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Finance Council; and President of Cardinal Glennon Hospital.

Degree:                                                Graduation:

BS, Business Administration                  1957