World Wide Technology’s founder and chairman David Lloyd Steward was born on July 2, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. Steward’s parents were Navy veteran Harold Lloyd Steward, and Dorothy Elizabeth Massingale; his father moved back to his mother’s hometown, Clinton, Missouri, two months after Steward’s birth. Growing up in rural Clinton, Steward attended colored Lincoln School, then the integrated Franklin School with classmate Janet Brame in 1957. Steward, a Life Scout and basketball all-star, graduated from Clinton Senior High School in 1969; he earned his B.S. degree in business administration in 1974 from Central Missouri University.
Steward was an associate executive for the Boy Scouts of America from 1973 to 1975; he moved into sales in 1975 with the Missouri Pacific Railroad, selling freight hauling services in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Houston. In 1978, Steward joined Federal Express where he became part of the Federal Express Hall of Fame. In 1983, Steward founded his own company, Transportation Business Specialists, Inc., specializing in analyzing freight charges and auditing clients’ freight activity. In 1987, Steward conducted an undercharge audit for the railroads, which necessitated an informed use of the latest computer technology; the effort was successful enough to provide the foundation for his company, World Wide Technology (WWT) in 1990. Founded with a staff of four people and 4,000 square feet of office space, WWT grew to employ over 1,000 employees in its over 1.6 million square foot facilities with over $2 billion in sales. WWT specializes in supplying technological and supply chain solutions to its customers, suppliers and partners. WWT is considered the Top Cisco Growing Technology Company and has received countless awards for excellence including several outstanding minority supplier awards gaining an elite status with industry leading manufacturers, Alcatel, Dell, Fujitsu, IBM, HP, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Lucent, and Microsoft. WWT obtained the status of the most successful African American owned business in America, with Steward featured in Black Enterprise magazine and other publications.
Steward has served on numerous boards and committees including: Civic Progress of St. Louis; The Regional Business Council; Webster University; Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Harris-Stowe State College African American Business Leadership Council. In 2005, Steward served as Campaign Chair for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. In 2004, Steward’s book, Doing Business By The Good Book was published.
Long-term residents of the St. Louis area, Steward and his wife Thelma have two children.