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David Steward

Chairman & Founder of World Wide Technology

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David Steward Biography

David Steward is chairman and founder of World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading systems integrator and supply chain solutions provider. It is the largest Black-owned company in the United States. After previously creating two successful startup companies, Steward began WWT in 1990 with a handful of employees and a 4,000 square foot office. WWT currently operates in 4 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world. The company employs more than 7,000 people globally and generates more than $13 billion in annual revenue.

Specializing in cloud capabilities, data center and virtualization, security, mobility and networking technologies along with voice, video and collaboration solutions, World Wide Technology provides advanced technology solutions from 3,000+ manufacturers to the commercial, government and telecom sectors.

As chairman of WWT, Steward emphasizes the role of strong cultural values, as well as the importance of strong collaboration between employees and departments, beginning with the company’s executive team, led by CEO Jim Kavanaugh. For the ninth consecutive year, WWT made Fortune’s 2020 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Additionally, they appear on the 2020 Best Workplaces in Technology list by Great Place to Work and Forbes’ Largest Private Companies. These are honors that demonstrate that the core values, on which Steward founded WWT more than 30 years ago, are still alive and well today.

Mr. Steward was born in Chicago and shortly after moved with his family to the small rural town of Clinton, Missouri. After graduating from Central Missouri State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in business management, Mr. Steward moved to St. Louis. He was the first person of color ever hired by the Missouri Pacific Railroad to sell rail services. After leaving the Missouri Pacific, he joined Federal Express as a senior account executive. Mr. Steward was recognized as the FedEx salesman of the year in 1981 and was inducted into the company’s Sales Hall of Fame.

Mr. Steward also is the founder and chairman of Kingdom Capital, a values-driven private investment firm with a focus on early-stage companies with technology-based health and medical solutions.

In addition to his business success, Mr. Steward is the author of two books. Doing Business by The Good Book, published in 2004, matches scriptural messages with guidelines for sound business practice and provides a foundation for aligning one’s personal beliefs with professional conduct. Published in 2020, Leadership by the Good Book offers real-life examples matched with Biblical references about leadership, featuring interviews from high-profile, successful Christian business leaders from around the world.

Mr. Steward is a Member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans; is Council Vice President for the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Executive Board Member of National Boy Scouts of America; is Chairman Emeritus of Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis; and serves on the Executive Committee of Greater St. Louis, Inc. and the boards of Concordance Academy of Leadership, National Academy Foundation (NAF), Washington University, United Way of Greater St. Louis, Biblical Business Training and more.

Mr. Steward holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Washington University, as well as Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from numerous colleges and universities.

Among his many awards, Mr. Steward has been recognized as the 2012 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) and the 2015 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Citizen of the Year. Together, Mr. Steward and his wife, Thelma, have received the Jane and Whitney Harris St. Louis Community Service Award. Variety The Children’s Charity of St. Louis also honored them with their Man and Woman of the Year Award.

The Stewards have been married for over 44 years and have two children and two grandchildren. Their son, Dave Steward II, is the CEO of Polarity, LLC, the only Black-owned digital animation studio in the United States (whose credits include the Oscar-winning Animated Short Hair Love). Their daughter, Kimberly, is the CEO of K Period Media, an American film production/finance company (whose credits include Oscar Award-winning movie Manchester by the Sea and Emmy nominated movie documentary Through a Lens Darkly).

Mr. and Mrs. Steward support many philanthropic and community efforts. In 2014, The Steward family supported the Grand Center revitalization with the opening of the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, a St. Louis performance venue that attracts world-class musicians as well as a place for education and community engagement. Mr. Steward paid homage to his parents in the naming of this impressive venue. “I don’t have a business philosophy and a personal philosophy. They are one and the same that I live by 24/7. Thelma and I come from humble backgrounds, and we have been blessed with more prosperity than we could have imagined when we were young. It is a blessing for us to give to others. The eternal return on investment (ROI) is far more important to us than the temporal one.”

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    Booking fees for David Steward, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Steward, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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Chairman & Founder of World Wide Technology

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David Steward Biography

David Steward is chairman and founder of World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading systems integrator and supply chain solutions provider. It is the largest Black-owned company in the United States. After previously creating two successful startup companies, Steward began WWT in 1990 with a handful of employees and a 4,000 square foot office. WWT currently operates in 4 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world. The company employs more than 7,000 people globally and generates more than $13 billion in annual revenue.

Specializing in cloud capabilities, data center and virtualization, security, mobility and networking technologies along with voice, video and collaboration solutions, World Wide Technology provides advanced technology solutions from 3,000+ manufacturers to the commercial, government and telecom sectors.

As chairman of WWT, Steward emphasizes the role of strong cultural values, as well as the importance of strong collaboration between employees and departments, beginning with the company’s executive team, led by CEO Jim Kavanaugh. For the ninth consecutive year, WWT made Fortune’s 2020 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Additionally, they appear on the 2020 Best Workplaces in Technology list by Great Place to Work and Forbes’ Largest Private Companies. These are honors that demonstrate that the core values, on which Steward founded WWT more than 30 years ago, are still alive and well today.

Mr. Steward was born in Chicago and shortly after moved with his family to the small rural town of Clinton, Missouri. After graduating from Central Missouri State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in business management, Mr. Steward moved to St. Louis. He was the first person of color ever hired by the Missouri Pacific Railroad to sell rail services. After leaving the Missouri Pacific, he joined Federal Express as a senior account executive. Mr. Steward was recognized as the FedEx salesman of the year in 1981 and was inducted into the company’s Sales Hall of Fame.

Mr. Steward also is the founder and chairman of Kingdom Capital, a values-driven private investment firm with a focus on early-stage companies with technology-based health and medical solutions.

In addition to his business success, Mr. Steward is the author of two books. Doing Business by The Good Book, published in 2004, matches scriptural messages with guidelines for sound business practice and provides a foundation for aligning one’s personal beliefs with professional conduct. Published in 2020, Leadership by the Good Book offers real-life examples matched with Biblical references about leadership, featuring interviews from high-profile, successful Christian business leaders from around the world.

Mr. Steward is a Member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans; is Council Vice President for the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Executive Board Member of National Boy Scouts of America; is Chairman Emeritus of Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis; and serves on the Executive Committee of Greater St. Louis, Inc. and the boards of Concordance Academy of Leadership, National Academy Foundation (NAF), Washington University, United Way of Greater St. Louis, Biblical Business Training and more.

Mr. Steward holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Washington University, as well as Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from numerous colleges and universities.

Among his many awards, Mr. Steward has been recognized as the 2012 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) and the 2015 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Citizen of the Year. Together, Mr. Steward and his wife, Thelma, have received the Jane and Whitney Harris St. Louis Community Service Award. Variety The Children’s Charity of St. Louis also honored them with their Man and Woman of the Year Award.

The Stewards have been married for over 44 years and have two children and two grandchildren. Their son, Dave Steward II, is the CEO of Polarity, LLC, the only Black-owned digital animation studio in the United States (whose credits include the Oscar-winning Animated Short Hair Love). Their daughter, Kimberly, is the CEO of K Period Media, an American film production/finance company (whose credits include Oscar Award-winning movie Manchester by the Sea and Emmy nominated movie documentary Through a Lens Darkly).

Mr. and Mrs. Steward support many philanthropic and community efforts. In 2014, The Steward family supported the Grand Center revitalization with the opening of the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, a St. Louis performance venue that attracts world-class musicians as well as a place for education and community engagement. Mr. Steward paid homage to his parents in the naming of this impressive venue. “I don’t have a business philosophy and a personal philosophy. They are one and the same that I live by 24/7. Thelma and I come from humble backgrounds, and we have been blessed with more prosperity than we could have imagined when we were young. It is a blessing for us to give to others. The eternal return on investment (ROI) is far more important to us than the temporal one.”

David Steward Videos

  • Wednesdays with WashU featuring David Steward
  • ECNY Events - David Steward
  • Blues Part Owner David Steward On Diversifying Hockey And Winning The...
    David Steward, co-owner of the St. Louis Blues and one of 13 black billionaires in the world, sat down with David Amber to discuss his childhood in...

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FAQs on booking David Steward

  • How to book David Steward?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like David Steward for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for David Steward, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for David Steward or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book David Steward?

    Booking fees for David Steward, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Steward, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for David Steward?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Steward for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Steward for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Steward or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Steward or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

David Steward is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book David Steward for your event is available upon request. David Steward generally travels from St. Louis, MO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, Stacy Brown-Philpot, Magic Johnson, Bethanie Baynes and Avi Rubin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Steward for an upcoming live or virtual event.

David Steward Speaker Videos

  • Wednesdays with WashU featuring David Steward
    ECNY Events - David Steward
  • Blues Part Owner David Steward On Diversifying Hockey And Winning The Cup
    David Steward, co-owner of the St. Louis Blues and one of 13 black billionaires in the world, sat down with David Amber to discuss his childhood in Clinton, Missouri and how he plans to grow...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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