Howard White is a native of Prentiss, Mississippi, and a 1989 mechanical engineering graduate of Southern University and A&M College. During his time at Southern, he served as a member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors, SGA President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and various other organizations.
After graduation, Howard worked for two Fortune 500 companies, DuPont and Nalco Chemical, in a variety of sales and marketing roles. The roles ranged from regional marketing responsibilities for new start-up products in the environment arena to direct sales responsibilities in the food and beverage and light industrial markets. Through hard work and creative ideas, he was able to be consistently rank as top salesman. Howard was national salesman of the year out of 300 salesmen.
In 1999, Howard left Corporate America and started a retail store that specializes in collegiate apparel. By utilizing creative ideas and marketing programs, he positioned Top Choice Products as market leader in Southern University merchandise.
In 2007, Howard expanded into the promotional marketing arena. Since this time TOP Choice has been able to work with more than twenty Fortune 500 companies, various regional companies, and a host small businesses. TOP Choice not only provides its clients with product, they provide innovative programs, creative ideas, and simple solutions.
Recently, Howard has joined the John Maxwell Team (JMT) as a certified leadership coach, trainer and speaker. As a JMT member, Howard trains outside organizations and companies on leadership and marketing. When not working, Howard enjoys spending time with his wife, Janice, participating in baseball with their son, Howard III, and playing golf.
Southern Greats: Lessons of Love and Life Learned on the Bluff
Over the past four years and some 30,000 plus miles traveled for interviews, this book, this story, this start has been with me. No matter how often I put Southern Greats down, I was pulled back to work and bring this story forward. I was pulled back into the purpose of teaching, inspiring, motivating, and empowering you with these stories of forty-five highly accomplished Southern University and A&M College graduates, who I call Southern Greats.
The idea of this book started in the home of Southern Great Irving Matthews, owner of two Ford dealerships in Central Florida. The project was fully birthed after meeting with Dennis Kimbro, PhD., author of Think and Grow Rich: a Black Choice, who challenged me with seven questions. Out of those questions was born the purpose of providing a book that reveals the successful characteristics of these Great Southernites and Great Americans. They all share a great love for life, a passion for their purpose, and a greater love for Southern University.
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