Rayfield White

Title: Owner, Operator
Company: Vick & Ray’s Beauty Shoppe
Location: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Rayfield White, Owner and Operator at Vick & Ray’s Beauty Shoppe, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cosmetology.

A licensed cosmetologist and aesthetician, Mr. White has excelled as the owner and operator of Vick & Ray’s Beauty Shoppe, a beauty and barbershop, in Memphis, Tennessee since 1983. His father, the original Ray, founded the beauty and barbershop in the late 1940s, just after World War II. Mr. White began working for his parents in the shop at the age of 15, learning many valuable skills before serving in the U.S. Army for three years until 1972. Upon his return, he decided to manage the business and keep the family legacy strong with his mother, who was his business partner until she retired in 2000.

Matriculating at the State Technical Institute at Memphis, Mr. White earned an Associate of Science in computer concepts and a Bachelor of Science in bookkeeping and accounting in 1977. In 1981, he became a licensed cosmetologist at the Jett Barber College. Coming from humble beginnings, Mr. White is most proud of the fact that he gets his business to yield a $50,000 annual profit for 50 calendar years. He attributes his professional success to his work ethic, which his grandmother instilled in him. Now in his 70s, Mr. White’s goal is to start writing books, beginning with his autobiography. Likewise, using pictures, records and stories his family has kept for ages, he plans to tell their history, tracing back from the time of their enslaved ancestors.

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