Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
April 8, 2010
In a celebration of Chattanooga’s rich entrepreneurial spirit, UTC’s College of Business inducted three new members to the UTC Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame: Robert C. "Bob" Bullard, Lewis Card, Sr., and Roy T. Card.
Robert C. Bullard began his career in 1978 at the Zee Company which involved driving his grandfather on sales routes. In the following three decades, the organization became a vertically-integrated company known as The Vincit Group, which consists of chemical manufacturing, logistical services, distribution and warehousing, outsourced services management, design-build engineering services, sanitation and water treatment products and services, consulting, import/export services and real estate. Through continued development of new products and services, delivering value to the client, and recognizing the contributions of its associates, The Vincit Group positioned itself to compete in the global economy. Lewis Card, Sr. and Roy T. Card were true pioneers, blazing the trail for today’s multibillion dollar, global carpet industry. Over the years these men started and acquired a succession of tufting machine companies, including Super Tufter, Card & Co. Inc., Southern Machine Co., Tuftco Corp., all in the Chattanooga area, along with Gowin-Card in Dalton, Cobble Brothers, Ltd. (England) and British Tufting Machine (England), before joining their son and nephew, Lewis Card, Jr., and son-in-law, Charles Monroe, at Card-Monroe Corp. Together they hold more than 100 U.S. and international patents for tufting technology.
photos by Barry Aslinger