African American man in suit

Tice White – Betty J. Lewis Spotlight for June

Tice White - Betty J. Lewis Spotlight for June

African American man in suit

Tice White was born on January 22, 1978, in Camden, Arkansas to Robert and Ora White. He was raised in Camden, Arkansas, and attended Camden Fairview Public Schools. While attending Camden Fairview High School he also attended SAU-Tech as one of the first students enrolled in the concurrent enrollment program. He graduated from Camden Fairview High School in 1996. After graduating high school, White attended the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville where he majored in political science with a minor in education. While attending the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville he worked for the Student Affairs division as a Resident Assistant for two years at the largest residence hall on the University campus. In 2001, he graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the Fulbright College of Arts & Science. In 2004, he also received a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville’s College of Education. In 2003, he began working at the Walmart Inc. Corporate Office in Bentonville, AR in the Health and Wellness Department. In that role, he served as the legislative aide in the company's optical division where he supported regulatory and legislative issues on the state and federal level. In his next role at Walmart, he served as Senior Manager of Constituent Relations in the Diversity and Corporate Affairs Department. In that role, he managed and fostered external relationships with state and national African American stakeholder groups on behalf of the company. During this time, he engaged and implemented partnerships and relationships with stakeholder groups including the United Negro College Fund, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the National Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, and the National Black Mayors Association among other groups.

Later he moved to his current role in the Corporate Affairs Division where he serves as Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations. In this role, he leads and represents Walmart Inc. on all public affairs and state government relations issues in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee representing over 100,000 Walmart associates (employees). His current responsibilities include building and maintaining relationships with state and local elected officials and stakeholders. This work also includes supporting local and state legislative and regulatory issues, advancing real estate priorities, identifying, and engaging in state and local foundation-giving opportunities, and helping facilitate disaster and emergency support pre and post-natural disasters. He currently resides in Madison, Mississippi with his family. He has been married to the former Tonya L. Cross of Camden, AR for 18 years. She is also a 1996 graduate of Camden Fairview High School and also a graduate of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently employed by Horne LLP., a professional services firm based in Ridgeland, MS, where she leads and manages the company's accounting department. They have two children, Tia(6) and Tamia(5). Tia currently attends Madison Station Elementary and Tamia currently attends First Baptist Ridgeland Preschool. White is a member of Whitest Chapel Baptist Church in Camden, AR, and attends New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, MS.

He currently serves on several boards and committees including the Mississippi Public Education Forum Board of Directors, the Mississippi State Chamber Operating Board, and Board of Governors, the Mississippi Retail and Grocery Stores Board of Directors, the Louisiana Retail Association Board of Directors, the Tennessee State Chamber Public Policy Committee, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Corporate Roundtable Board, and the African American Mayor's Association Business Roundtable. He also previously served on the Arkansas Minority Supplier Development Council Board of Directors. He has received awards from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville as a graduating student leader and was later recognized by the University of Arkansas Black Alumni Association as an outstanding alumnus. He has received awards from the Louisiana Women's Legislative Foundation and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Foundation for his work in supporting education initiatives across the state. He has also been recognized by the Mississippi Public Education Forum for his support of the Mississippi Scholars and Tech Masters Program. He is a graduate of the Leadership Mississippi program conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation which is the second oldest statewide leadership program in the nation consisting of Mississippi's top business executives, community leaders, and elected officials. He also attended and successfully completed the Emerging Legislative Leaders Program from the University of Virginia Darden's School of Business Executive Education Department. He is most proud of the fulfilling work that he has been able to lead at Walmart including supporting the recovery and rebuilding efforts of Walmart Stores post Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast and the New Orleans area, the rollout of $4 prescription drugs, advancing health care accessibility and affordability options for citizens, and the ability to support numerous foundation initiatives focused on hunger, community and education priorities across his three state area.

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