Bew White Receives 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award
The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the casual furniture industry and to their individual communities. The 2021 honoree is William Bew White, III, Executive Chairman of the Board of Summer Classics. The innovative manufacturing executive is known for creative talents that brought unique product design to the category through a consumer-centric
model in a mix of wood, wrought iron and aluminum. The entrepreneur led development of proprietary performance fabrics, a new UV-resistant wicker and a trademarked cushion. He was among the first in the industry to establish an in-house lab to test all new materials before introduction. White was also recognized for helping to guide dealers during the economic crash in 2008 and during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as for his philanthropic endeavors.