White, David J.

White, DavidUniversal Hotel Liquidators
Founder and President
CLASS OF 1977 

If there were an award for being Washington & Jefferson College's most avid entrepreneur, David White would be at the top of the list. I started making t-shirts for the fraternity in college, says White. After I graduated I decided to start a company that became YUNZ Industries. When we reached 150 employees, I decided to open retail stores in various parts of the United States and the Caribbean . In 1995, White sold the company for several million dollars and he met someone who was in the retail business of furnishing hotels. Inspired by his friend, he again decided to start his own company; this time called Universal Hotel Liquidators, which has become a national leader in the hotel fixtures and furnishings resale business. White loves the freedom of being an entrepreneur and he believes that W&J contributed greatly to his success.

Encouraged to attend W&J by the housemaster at his Connecticut boarding school, White found that he liked the small liberal arts environment, which, he says, helped me to become a better person by giving me a larger world view. I can say that I am here at my current position because of the opportunity that W&J gave me to get a good education. White's classroom learning, which he remembers as challenging and insightful, was complimented by his experiences on the soccer playing field, which taught him teamwork. Here, he also developed friendships that continue to this day. I still keep in contact with all but two or three of my frat brothers, says White.

White loved the one-on-one interaction with professors he experienced at W&J. He describes one of his favorite professors, Dr. William Saalbach, professor of economics, as stimulating because he made classroom study interesting. I learned a lot from him, says White, describing Saalbach as one of many professors who helped him succeed. Small wonder, then, that White describes W&J as a great college with good people.