Birmingham, Alabama, USA – October 18, 2021 – Bew White was interviewed by radio talk show host Kathryn Raaker about his book, A Summer Classic: The Bew White Story. A broadcaster for almost 30-years, Raaker’s show Let’s Just Talk features topics for today’s audience. Whether it is a guest talking about the newest technology, politics, health, or other topics, it is all about informing her listeners.
Bew White’s experiences showcase the ups and downs of an interesting life and the global cultural/economic evolution over the last half-century. Crucial lessons abound throughout A Summer Classic: from how to size up people to dealing with employees, vendors, bankers, factory managers, designers, salesman, foreign brokers and more. Getting burned by unscrupulous middlemen and factory owners sharpened Bew’s antenna and increased a burning desire to treat others fairly. Poignant moments pop up throughout the story as the ground shifts under Bew’s feet every time he believes it’s solid.
Listen to the entire interview at https://soundcloud.com/expertclickradio/bew-white-interviewed-by-kathryn-raaker-on-his-book-a-summer-classic-the-bew-white-story.
The biography, written by Christopher Taunton, delivers a detailed examination of Bew’s childhood, college years, early professional life, and the successes and failures that got him to where he is today. Ultimately a tale of love, life, and business, A Summer Classic: The Bew White Story is truly a modern-day version of the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life.
At just 28 years old, Bew left his job at his family-owned business, Avondale Mills, and started a sales representative company in 1978 called Vista Corporation, specializing in selling outdoor furniture. In 1987, Bew started multiple companies in an effort to expand from selling on the road to building a national brand. One of those companies was Summer Classics, which was created around Bew’s thought of designing and manufacturing products that he would want for his own backyard. With a business model based on creating products that were consumer driven, would stand the test of time, and would not go out of style, Summer Classics officially took off in 1987.
Integral to his life is his enduring relationship with his wife Wendy. She has truly been his rock, encouraging him in his endeavors and keeping his spiritual life alive. Taunton does an excellent job of illustrating this romance for the ages.
“Full of life, light, humor, and encouragement, this book was a fascinating and well-executed read. I came away learning not just about who Bew was, but also about the value of hard work and not giving up.” -Rachel Song, Writer and Editor, 5-Stars
In October of 2013, Bew, at the pinnacle of his career and success, found himself in the emergency room, fighting for his life. It was that moment when he thought his life would end that led him to want to share his story with the world.
“It was like a signal went off in my head that my story needed to be told,” says Bew. “I want to help others understand that what they do now matters and that though it takes hard work and perseverance to achieve the goals you set out to achieve, it’s not impossible.”
“This book will both inspire you and inform you of the many challenges faced by one man and how he went about overcoming these obstacles on his road to success. It’s essential reading for any aspiring entrepreneur.” -John Kelly, Detroit Free Press
About Bew White
Bew White III, is Chairman of the Board of Gabriella White and it’s brands, Summer Classics, Gabby and Wendy Jane. He graduated from Auburn University in 1972 with a degree in textile engineering. The phrase “outdoor living” had hardly been coined, as outdoor furniture was simply known as a table and chairs you would find on a basic patio deck.
At just 28 years old, Mr. White left his job at his family-owned business, Avondale Mills, and started a sales representative company in 1978 called Vista Corporation, specializing in selling outdoor furniture. In 1987, Bew started multiple companies in an effort to expand from selling on the road to building a national brand. One of those companies was Summer Classics, which was created around Bew’s thought of designing and manufacturing products that he would want for his own backyard. With a business model based on creating products that were consumer driven, would stand the test of time, and would not go out of style, Summer Classics officially took off in 1987.
Born in 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama to William Bew White II and Gabriella Corner White, Bew is the great-grandson of Braxton Bragg Corner, governor and then senator for Alabama, as well as the founder of the Alabama-based Fortune 500 textile company Avondale Mills.
In 2013 he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Society of International Business Fellows and in 2021 Bew White received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Causal Furnishings Association. He is also the subject of the well-received biography A Summer Classic: The Bew White Story by Christopher Taunton. The father of three wonderful children, Bew currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama with the love of his life, his wife, Wendy.
For a review copy of A Summer Classic: The Bew White Story or to arrange an interview with Bew White, contact Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications Book Marketing at [email protected] or by phone at 734-667-2090.
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