Family Business Breakfast


Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m.

Contact: for location and parking details

Cost: $25

Invitation-only Breakfast and Conversation with Alan Barnhart
June 11, 2014

Sponsored by SPU's Center for Integrity in Business and National Christian Foundation Seattle, in partnership with C3 Leaders.

About the business

Barnhart Crane and Rigging aims to be “the best heavy lift and heavy transport company.” The company operates more than 20 locations across the U.S., with expertise in accelerated bridge construction, nuclear power generation, petroleum refining, power transmission and distribution, renewable energy, and much more.

The company applies its "minds over matter" approach to complex engineering and logistical problems:

  • Barnhart played a historic role in Seattle when the company performed one of its largest lifts ever, unloading our infamous Tunnel Boring Machine "Bertha" (above) when it arrived from Japan. Moving the TBM from the Port of Seattle to the construction site took crews nine days of around-the-clock work to cover a distance of 500 yards. Learn more about this extraordinary feat.
  • In January 2014, Barnhart removed the largest of the old test reactors once used at Hanford and transported 1,538 tons of material to a lined landfill. The project required three years of planning and work.

No wonder Barnhart has earned a national reputation for solving problems.

About the owners

The Barnhart family business embodies a story of whole-life integrity in which generosity unlocks greater potential in business to serve customers, employees, communities, the environment, and God’s broader purposes in the world. When brothers Alan and Eric assumed leadership of the company in 1986, their first steps included a promise to keep their lifestyles simple and modest and to be generous with the business more broadly.

They didn’t know if the company would survive, but it made enough money in its first year that they could give away $50,000. The business grew about 25% a year for the next several decades until 2005 when it was earning $60 million a year; they began giving away $1 million every month.

In 2007 Alan and Eric decided to give away the whole company, something their initial advisors told them could not be done. Read a more complete account of how the brothers came to rethink generosity and put it to work in their business.

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