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The Family Biz Show

May 25, 2022

Ep 58 The Orchestra of Family Business 

Listen in as we talk with father and son duo Robert & Trevor Stevenson* of Eastman Machine Company about the evolution of their business, the hard decisions they’ve had to make regarding family members over the years and the intriguing connection they have to a very famous person in history!


Robert L Stevenson* 

Robert L. Stevenson is CEO of Eastman Machine Company and the fourth generation of his family head the business. Eastman Machine Company is the world’s oldest manufacturer of fabric cutting machinery and has been located in Buffalo, New York since 1888.  The company sells worldwide and currently has customers in over 150 countries.  Eastman manufactures a range of fabric cutting and material handling machinery and sells into diverse markets that include aerospace, apparel, automotive, energy products, furniture, industrial textiles, marine, and recreational products.                                                                                          

Mr. Stevenson is a 1969 graduate of St. Paul’s School and in 1973 he received a B.A. from Yale University.  Mr. Stevenson is also a 1975 graduate of the Harvard Business School certificate program.  Upon graduation from Yale, he joined Eastman Machine Company as a full time employee. During his tenure at Eastman, he has filled a variety of roles such as: Service Manager, VP of Manufacturing, Corporate Treasurer, and was named President in 1983.  
In addition to his career at Eastman, Mr. Stevenson has served his community in a number of different capacities.  He has served as Chairman of the World Trade Center of Buffalo, and also Chairman of the Child and Family Services Foundation, (the oldest and largest the Board of Directors of social service organization in Buffalo).  He also serves on the boards of the United Way of Buffalo, InSyte Consulting and the New York Federal Reserve Advisory Board. He sits on the board of Medaille College where he had been chair from 1999-2006; and he has served as trustee of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Red Cross, and the Elmwood Franklin School.  
Mr. Stevenson is married and resides in Buffalo with his wife; they have six grown children and 11 grandchildren. 

Trevor Stevenson* 

R. Trevor Stevenson is President of Eastman Machine Company, a family-owned and operated business since 1888. Born in Buffalo and raised in Columbus, Georgia, Mr. Stevenson is a 1998 B.A. graduate of the University of Vermont and 2011 M.B.A. graduate from the University of Buffalo. Upon graduation and prior to joining the Eastman team, he worked in Europe for an internet company as well as a manufacturing firm in Colorado. He currently works closely with all departments at Eastman and is major influencer on product design, sales, and tech service.   

In addition to his career at Eastman, Mr. Stevenson previously served on the board of directors for United Way, Child and Family Services in Buffalo, NY and the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara. 

Mr. Stevenson is married with twins (11), a daughter (20) and two dogs.  He enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, hiking, traveling, and playing golf.   


*not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. 

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