“Visionary“ Award Recipient

Deone Wilhite

Executive Assistant for Travis County Commissioner Ron Davis

Mr. Deone Wilhite is a native Austinite is the son of two proud graduates of Tuskegee University, the late Willie Wilhite and Mrs. Doris Wilhite, and has one sister, Cheryle Wilhite. He earned his Bachelors in Business Management (BBA) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 and a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1993.  Mr. Wilhite is currently an Executive Assistant for Precinct 1 Travis County Commissioner Ron Davis, where he works on issues such as municipal budgeting and financing, bond funding allocation, transportation, land/water usage and availability, office and media communications, and constituent services.  He also served as Executive Director of Rites of Passage Development, Inc., where he worked with Dr. Sterling Lands II to provide affordable new residential and multi-unit housing for families who were first-time home-buyers.   Professionally, Mr. Wilhite has also worked with such organizations as IBM-Atlanta (Business and Community Loaner Program), AT&T (Business and Corporate Sales), Dell (Small Business Sales), the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (Business Continuity Planning), and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas (Education Director). He also participated in two start-up companies, Silverbox Publishing as Marketing Director and as Sales Director.  Mr. Wilhite, a self-professed “book nerd” is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Austin and formerly a columnist for “The Austin Mission” newspaper.

Mr. Wilhite’s volunteer efforts include serving as a Membership Vice President and Senior Advisor to the National Black MBA Association-Austin Chapter, where he was a founding member.  He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Greater Calvary Bible Church and has worked with youth programs in organizations such as Texas Organized Professionals, the Delteens, Upward Bound, the Clark Atlanta University Summer Program for Students Gifted in Math and Science, Rites of Passage Servant-Warrior-Leader Program, the Austin Area Urban League Dream Team Project, Jack and Jill of America, the United Negro College Fund, the Urban Leadership Foundation, and the NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program.   He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men of Austin, where is serves on the economic development committee. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin.   Mr. Wilhite was named an Austin American Statesman Community Hero in 1996 and received the Villager Newspaper Male Role Model Award in 1997.

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