Corporate executive Sherman Tate was born on October 5, 1945 in Marvell, Arkansas to Annie Tate and Rufus Tate. He received his B.A. degree in psychology from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1967.
Upon graduation, Tate was hired by the consulting firm, General Behavioral Systems. He then served two years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In 1976, he was hired as the personnel department manager at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas. He then went to work in state government for the Arkansas Office of Personnel Management as a personnel analyst, and the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research, where he was the first personnel director of the state Legislative Council and their first African American employee and the first African American to head the Office of Personnel Management. He was then named human resources manager for Arkla Gas Company’s Arkansas Division; and was promoted to the position of Arkla’s vice president of consumer and community relations and two years later he became vice president of distribution and operations. Tate joined Alltel and served as vice president and general manager of operations from 1998 to 2009, where he was responsible for human and fiscal resources for Alltel's telephone operations in Arkansas and Mississippi. Tate also served as vice president of external affairs for Alltel Corporation until Alltel was acquired by Verizon, where he served as vice president for Verizon Wireless from 2009 to 2011 and was responsible for legislative, regulatory and public policy issues in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. In 2011, Tate left Verizon and established two management consulting firms, the Domino Effect and HT & Associates.
Tate has served on numerous boards over the years including for Philander Smith College, St. Vincent Health System, the United Negro College Fund and the Pulaski County Facilities Board. He also served on the board of the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, as chairman of the Southern Bancorp Bank Governing Board and board chairman for the Urban League of the State of Arkansas. Tate was the first African American to be elected chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Sherman Tate was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 12, 2018.