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Coker, Frost, Becherer named to Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame

Harold Coker, Jack Frost and Dr. Rich Becherer are the 2006 inductees into The UTC College Of Business Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. Created in 1999, the College of Business created the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame to honor the entrepreneurial heritage of Chattanooga with both contemporary and pioneering local entrepreneurs.

Harold Coker

Rich Becherer

Jack Frost

Coker is founder and majority stockholder of Coker Tire Company. The former three-time chairman of the Hamilton County Commission was also a former president of the Antique Automobile Club of America and of the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association. Coker Tire Company has evolved into a worldwide provider of antique tires.

Frost is board chairman of Tuftco Inc., Professional Industrial Tire Co., Mitchell Industrial Tire Co., and Management Strategies Inc. He is a graduate of the University. The 76-year old Frost has been involved in or began nearly twenty businesses, and he has no plans to retire.

Becherer holds the he Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Business Administration at the University. He helped launch the nation’s first for-profit health maintenance organization in 1978. In 1983, Independence Health Plan went public, and the next year it was named the nation’s seventh-fastest growing small public company by Inc. magazine. Becherer is not a native of Chattanooga, but considers it his adoptive home. Students in his entrepreneurial classes continue to benefit from Becherer’s experience.

Each year, over 250 community leaders, faculty, and students come together at a dinner to honor the current group of Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Inductees. Wall photos and biographies of those inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame are located on the third floor of Fletcher Hall, outside the Office of the Dean, room 300.

March 24, 2006

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