Selection as a Wilford L. White Fellow is the highest recognition that the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) gives to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development, furtherance and benefit of small and medium sized businesses. The award was created in 1977 and was named for Dr. Wilford L. White, the ICSB's founder and visionary leader. Dr. White, along with a handful of US government and academic leaders in the early 1950s, saw the need to establish a professional body to enhance and encourage small business management and entrepreneurship practices in the United States.
As a result of their efforts, the National Council for Small Business Management Development was created in 1955. The council held its first annual conference in Colorado. The National Council existed until the late 1970s, when under the leadership of the council's president, Dr. Ole Johnson and others it became apparent that the world had accepted entrepreneurship and small business as the vehicle to future economic growth and prosperity.
The newly named International Council for Small Business was born in 1977, and at that time, there were only two affiliates; the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE). Today, the ICSB has over 2,400 members with 12 affiliates and numerous international members in at least 60 countries.
The Wilford L. White Award recognizes the achievements of those men and women whose passion and burning desire for small business and entrepreneurship is reflected in their teaching, writing, research, training and public service. Since 1977, sixty six distinguished educators, researchers, government officials, small business advocates and trade association leaders have been selected as a Wilford White Fellow including the following five individuals honored at the 50th ICSB World Conference in Washington, DC: Drs Ray Bagby, Brian Gibson, Louis Jacques Filion, G. Dale Meyer and Professor Wee Liang Tan.
The current ICSB Past President/Wilford L. White Fellows representative to the ICSB board is G. Dale Meyer and the current chair of the Wilford L. White Fellows is George Solomon.
(Fellows who have unfortunately passed away are identified with an asterisk *)
|Ray W. Ayres*||Dieter Ibielski||Hans Jobst Pleitner|
|Ray Bagby||Bengt Johannisson||Zulma Quiñones|
|John Bailey||Ole S. Johnson*||Mario Raffa|
|Robert Bauer||Wilson Johnson*||Jose M. Romaguera|
|Clifford M. Baumback*||Pierre-Andre Julien||Ki-Jung Ryu|
|Ralph Bedwell||Raymond W.Y. Kao||Joseph C. Schabacker|
|Robert Bilodeau||Bong-Jai Kim*||Dean Martin Schotzberger|
|David L. Birch||Sandra King-Kauanui||Roy T. Shaw*|
|Eugene Bonk*||Bruce Kirchhoff||John Sloan*|
|William Boub||John L. Komives||George Solomon|
|Robert Brockhaus||Guy Laviguer||Lois Stevenson|
|John F Bulloch||Wee Liang Tan||David Storey|
|Bob Butler||John K.C. Liu*||Eugene Swearingen|
|Harold Charlesworth*||Justin Longenecker*||Roy Thurik|
|Thomas Dandridge||Anders Lundström||William A. Toomey, Jr.|
|William “Denny” Dennis||Tan Teck Meng||Rob van der Horst|
|Lillian Dreyer||Geoffrey Meredith||
|Colin Robert Dunn||Wendell O. Metcalf*||José María Veciana*|
|Lloyd W. Fernald, Jr.||G. Dale Meyer||Joop Vianen|
|Louis Jacques Filion||Donald D. Myers*||Sheldon R. Wagner*|
|Carl Franklin||Grant C. Moon||K. Mark Weaver|
|Brian Gibson||Josef Mugler||Harold Welsch|
|Eugene G. Gomolka*||John C.I. Ni*||John Welsh*|
|Walter Good||Philip A. Neck||Willis J. Wheat|
|Klaas Havenga||Ken O'Neill||Wilford L. White*|
|Gerald E. Hills||Yoon Bae Ouh*||Ken Wilson*|
|Ralph Hook Jr.||Sang-Kyu Park||Arch M. Woodruff|
|Frank Hoy||J Hanns Pichler|