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College of Sciences and Technology Distinguished Alumnus 2013

Robert H. Brim, CEO, Dealer Information Systems Corporation

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More than 30 years ago, Robert Brim (’70, Physics/Mathematics) was controller of his family’s business, Brim Tractor Co., writing software to automate his company’s operations.

The software caught the attention of the Ford Motor Co. tractor division. With his brother Dave and a friend, Gerald Baron, Bob Brim launched Dealer Information Systems Corporation (DIS Corp.) in 1980 to sell the software to tractor dealers across North America. The company went on to be one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. during the 1980s.

Brim, who has been CEO of DIS for 33 years, holds a master’s degree in electronic engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1989, Brim received a Gates Entrepreneur Scholarship to earn an MBA at the University of Washington. He also serves on the board of directors for both the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and Mount Baker Theatre. At Western, he donates to scholarships and serves on the College of Sciences and Technology advisory board.