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David Steward, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Technology Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Steak, Greens, Mashed Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God, And His Righteousness; And All These Things Shall Be Added Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
7/2/1951
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Technology Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Steak, Greens, Mashed Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God, And His Righteousness; And All These Things Shall Be Added Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
7/2/1951
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Technology entrepreneur David Steward, Sr. was born on July 2, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Missouri in 1969 and received his B.S. degree in business administration from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri in 1973.

After graduation, Steward worked as a substitute teacher and served as an associate executive for the Boy Scouts of America. In 1974, Steward was hired at Wagner Electric, but was laid off the following year. In 1976, Steward accepted a marketing and sales position with the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company, as the first African American in that role. Steward remained with the company until 1979 when he joined Federal Express and served as a senior account executive. In 1984, Steward founded Transportation Business Specialists, Inc., which audited and reviewed freight-bill and overcharges for the railroad industry. Steward later founded Transport Administrative Services, which was hired by Union Pacific Railroad in 1987, to audit three years of freight bills for undercharges, managing nearly $15 billion of rate information. In 1990, Steward founded World Wide Technology, Inc., specializing in cloud capabilities, data center and virtualization, security, mobility and networking technologies along with voice, video and collaboration solutions. WWT provides advanced technology solutions from over 3,000 manufacturers to the commercial, government and telecom sectors.

In 2018, WWT made Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the seventh consecutive year. They also appeared on the 2018 Best Workplace in Technology list by Great Place to Work, Forbes’ Largest Private Companies list and placed eighth on Glassdoor’s 2018 Best Places to Work.

Steward is a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans; the council board chair for the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America, executive board member of Central Region and vice president and executive board member of National Boy Scouts of America. He is chairman emeritus of Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis and serves on the board of the Global Leadership Forum, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Civic Progress of St. Louis, and Biblical Business Training. In 2004, Steward published Doing Business by The Good Book, which matches scripture with guidelines for business practices.

Steward and his wife, Thelma, have two children.

Steward was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 18, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - David Steward, Sr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - David Steward, Sr. describes his maternal grandfather's entrepreneurialism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - David Steward, Sr. remembers his maternal grandparents' interest in sports
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - David Stewart, Sr. describes his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - David Steward, Sr. describes his mother's move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - David Steward, Sr. describes his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - David Steward, Sr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - David Steward, Sr. describes his father's upbringing in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - David Steward, Sr. describes his father's experiences in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - David Steward, Sr. describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - David Steward, Sr. lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - David Steward describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - David Steward, Sr. describes his childhood community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - David Steward, Sr. remembers St. James Methodist Church in Clinton, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - David Steward, Sr. recalls his family's move to Clinton, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - David Steward, Sr. recalls lessons he learned in Clinton, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - David Steward, Sr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - David Steward, Sr. remembers school integration in Clinton, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - David Steward, Sr. describes his experiences of integration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - David Steward, Sr. remembers his early interest in history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - David Steward, Sr. remembers his early interest in history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - David Steward, Sr. describes a teacher who influenced him
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - David Steward, Sr. recalls playing football and basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - David Steward, Sr. remembers Clinton High School in Clinton, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - David Steward, Sr. recalls applying to Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - David Steward, Sr. remembers Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - David Steward, Sr. describes his father's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - David Steward, Sr. remembers Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - David Steward, Sr. describes his initial experiences of urban life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - David Steward, Sr. remembers studying business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - David Steward, Sr. talks about African Americans in business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - David Steward, Sr. recalls his employment search after college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - David Steward, Sr. describes his early work experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - David Steward, Sr. recalls his experiences of racial discrimination at work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - David Steward, Sr. recalls lessons from his work as a salesman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - David Steward, Sr. remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - David Steward, Sr. recalls working at Federal Express
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - David Steward, Sr. recalls his accomplishments at Federal Express
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - David Steward, Sr. recalls acquiring his first company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - David Steward, Sr. describes Transportation Business Specialists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - David Steward, Sr. explains computer network terminology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - David Steward, Sr. recalls founding World Wide Technology, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - David Steward, Sr. recalls his challenges at World Wide Technology, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - David Steward, Sr. explains the 8(a) Business Development Program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - David Steward, Sr. talks about the importance of customer satisfaction
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - David Steward, Jr. describes the components of a successful business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - David Steward, Sr. talks about his company's international business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - David Steward, Sr. reflects upon the success of World Wide Technology, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - David Steward, Sr. describes the clientele of World Wide Technology, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - David Steward, Sr. talks about the growth of World Wide Technology, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - David Steward, Sr. describes his business philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - David Steward, Sr. talks about his federal contracts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - David Steward, Sr. describes his corporate partnerships
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - David Steward, Sr. talks about his book
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - David Steward, Sr. talks about his business practices
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - David Steward, Sr. talks about the success of his book
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - David Steward, Sr. describes his charitable activities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - David Steward, Sr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - David Steward, Sr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - David Steward, Sr. reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - David Steward, Sr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - David Steward, Sr. talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - David Steward, Sr. describes how he would like to be remembered