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College of Business honors top entrepreneurs

by Denise Fitzpatrick, communications and marketing last modified Nov 05, 2012 09:39 AM

The College of Business honored six of its most successful graduates with induction into its new Entrepreneurship Circle of Fame Nov. 1.

College of Business honors top entrepreneurs

L-R: Circle of Fame honorees Dan Ulmer, James Patterson, David Jones, Terry Forcht, Stewart Cobb and Tom Davidson, stand with Dean Charlie Moyer.

The honorees’ names, carved onto granite slabs inside the Jane Goldstein Plaza, were unveiled at an early evening ceremony.

The college’s Board of Advisors started the circle to permanently recognize the accomplishments of “our business innovation champions,” said Dean Charles Moyer.

“We want to see these remarkable people get the recognition they deserve and we hope that their entrepreneurial accomplishments will inspire others,” he said.

The inductees are:

  • Stewart Cobb, a 1956 graduate who started in the hardwood veneer business in 1960, later creating Cobb Wood Products and Lamnitops Inc. and founding Midwest Veneers
  • Tom Davidson, a 1962 graduate who started a variety of successful businesses such as Datatel Inc., Invision Medical Inc. and The Balance Bar Co.
  • Terry Forcht, a 1959 graduate who leads The Forcht Group of Kentucky and owns 92 enterprises, including nine nursing homes, nine banks and 13 finance companies
  • David Jones, a 1954 graduate who co-founded Humana and served as its chief executive officer for 44 years
  • James Patterson, a 1955 graduate who began his career in 1959 as a franchisee of Jerry’s restaurants, later founding Long John Silver’s and Rally’s
  • Dan Ulmer, a 1955 graduate who is chairman of the Louisville Bats AAA baseball team and former president and chairman of PNC Bank

The college plans to add alumni to the Circle of Fame over time.

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