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Steve Whigham, Founder

A lifelong and avid learner himself, Steve Whigham has been passionate about the undeniable impact a good education can provide for his entire adult life. Steve’s passion for education and personal growth came to him honestly. It came from his parents. From his childhood home along the Gulf Coast, his mother, Gail, infused into Steve a deep work ethic, idealism, and enthusiasm. Steve’s mom taught him to regard life as a sacred trust that needed to be invested in actions that were purposeful. His father, Don, a talented surgeon, taught Steve about the need to see people as inherently valuable and worth taking care of and serving, no matter their ability to care for you or serve you back. And it was out of his respect for his parents that Steve named the school after them.

Steve has served as an adjunct professor at Anderson University, teaching 400-600 courses in Sales & Sales Management, Marketing Research, and Marketing Management. He also has taught at Clemson University, teaching MBA-Level courses in Activating Business Strategies as part of the Clemson University Center for Corporate Learning (CCL) and as a recurring lecturer to clients of Clemson University’s CCL. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and Master of Business Administration. He has completed other educational experiences, including those at the London School of Economics (International Business & Policy), University of Southern Mississippi (Accounting), and Harvard University (Economics). 


In addition to leading The Whigham School, Steve is a consultant for several top brands. He is currently contracted to work with Michelin North America as a marketing consultant & executive trainer for Canada, U.S., Mexico, India, France, and China. He recently helped Michelin relaunch internal training for its global marketing teams and key channel development and training programs in marketing strategy, marketing research, marketing communications management, sales management, vendor management, project management, critical thinking, digital marketing, and advertising. As a business strategist, consultant, and corporate training developer, Steve has worked for companies such as for Michelin Global (NA, SA, EU, MENA, Asia), Milliken & Co, BMW Manufacturing, Porsche Cars North America, Ethicon (Surgical Division of Johnson & Johnson), New Jersey Laser Institute, Wastecorp, Sunex International, Silvercote, CloudFactory, IN-RGY, Rymedi, BFGoodrich Tires, Tire Centers Inc., The Toro Company, Blue Bird Bus Company, USAutoForce, United Community Bank, Zaddons, Solmax, Maverick Energy, Gregory Pest Solutions, Northland International University, OneLife, and MyMedChoices, among others.

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