Eric White, President
Tyco, Johnson Controls
Education: BS, Criminal Justice, North Illinois University
My advice for students is to follow your passion. Care less about what someone predicts in the job market and more about what you love to do. Find the work that excites you and the right career will find you. Don't expect anyone to do it for you. You have to make your destiny happen with hard work and perseverance.
I'm already doing what I love and that will lead to more of what I want to do. One day, I will play a larger role in community leadership and I will make time to coach high school football again. The reasons are simple. Community leadership provides me a chance to help people. People just want to know leaders listen and care. Football creates an environment for players to become men, and to learn accountability to their teammates, parents and fans. It also teaches them the discipline to stand back up every time they get knocked down.
Eric White and his wife, Tamara (a proud graduate of BHS and counselor in the district), have two daughters. Sydney is studying at the University of Arkansas and Rylee attends 8th grade in Bentonville Schools. Eric loves everything about the outdoors. When he can combine hunting, fishing and being with his family, he's in his happy place. When not outdoors, he loves to read and watch college football. With a background as a police officer and security professional, he continues to study ways to keep people safe.