President & CEO, Annin Flagmakers
Annin Flagmakers is a 6th generation family business that has been making our country's symbol since 1847. Annin flags have flown over the White House, on foreign fields of battle from the Argonne Offensive and the Battle of Guadalcanal to the top of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, as well as on the surface of the moon.
Our great-grandfather, Louis Annin Ames, guided the company from 1896 until 1952. He took pride in leading the company that his grandfather and uncles had run since 1847. His grandchildren, Randy Beard, Lee Beard and Jack Dennis, ran Annin from the 1950s until the early 2000s.
Presently, Annin Flagmakers is still owned and operated by the Beard and Dennis families. On January 1, 2011 Carter Beard became the President and CEO of Annin Flagmakers. Carter and his cousin Sandy Dennis Van Lieu, Sr. Vice President, are supported by a strong team of managers, many of whom have over twenty to thirty years of experience with the company. Annin Flagmakers employs over 500 Americans and prides itself on the quality of its products and the experience of its people.
Carter Beard received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Richmond in 1987. After graduation he worked in Boston, first managing an Annin dealer, The Flag Center, and later working for Putnam Mutual Funds in broker/dealer service. He joined Annin Flagmakers in 1989. He worked for two years in the factories fixing sewing machines, running material slitters, and supervising sewing departments. He then spent three years in the corporate office supervising the Custom and Costing departments. Mr. Beard subsequently returned to graduate school in 1994 and received his MBA from Duke University in 1996 with a concentration in operations and finance.
Beard returned to Annin Flagmakers in July 1996 and worked as Manager of Engineering. His primary concentration was process reengineering. He was part of the management team that acquired Dettra Flag Co. and consolidated operations from six manufacturing plants, three distribution centers and two headquarters facilities down to four manufacturing plants, two distribution centers and one headquarters.
In May 1999, Beard was appointed Vice President of Manufacturing. In this role, the four main manufacturing plants and MIS reported to him. He concentrated on converting the operations to a capacity loading system using labor as the driver. In 2006, Beard was appointed Vice President of Operations at Annin Flagmakers. He was part of the team that acquired D&P Embroidery and has worked with the management to modernize and streamline the processes there.
On January 1, 2011 Beard became the President and CEO of Annin Flagmakers.