The District Director’s Unsung Hero Award serves to recognize an individual who quietly goes about their work assisting small business owners without seeking fanfare or personal gain. This year’s award goes to Robert “Bob” Wallace, President of BITH Group Technologies in Baltimore.
Bob was born with an entrepreneurial spirit and embodies a unique combination of visionary and realist. He can spot greatness in an idea or person and knows that through hard work and dedication, no dream is too big. He has an uncanny knack for staying ahead of the curve and identifying what he refers to as a “pivot point.” This is the precise moment, when in the face of despair, you turn the corner and forge ahead in a new and exciting direction. It’s your opportunity to “ride out the storm” through innovation, while staying true to your core values.
Bob, himself, has had to pivot. The economic downturn affected sales and he logically should have laid off some of his employees; he refused. Instead, he introduced two new product lines, expanding into the energy and biometric industries. The decision paid off. BITH Group Technologies is now a multi-million dollar corporation with 80 employees and the BITH Energy division is currently ranked as the 8th largest solar developer in the nation.
Bob is an Adjunct Professor of Business at Loyola and has published five books, with three more in the works. He gives generously of his time and resources, supporting humanitarian efforts and offering scholarships and internships. He is a sought after motivational speaker and mentors small business owners across the country as they work to pivot and prosper. Among his civic and private interactions, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Maryland Economic Development Commission and the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council.
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