His Head Is in the Clouds. (Career at A Glance)

By Brown, Sonia O. | Black Enterprise, December 2001 | Go to article overview

His Head Is in the Clouds. (Career at A Glance)


Brown, Sonia O., Black Enterprise


Name:          Anthony William White
Age:           25
Occupation:    Client services manager-meteorologist
Location:      Wayne, Pennsylvania
Duties:        Interpreting short- and long-range
               weather patterns and advising
               businesses.

Anthony William White followed his dreams when he decided to pursue a career in meteorology. Watching our local television weatherman is about as familiar as most of us get with meteorology, but the field encompasses much more than giving us the five-day forecast.

White works at Planalytics Inc. (www.planalytics.com) in Wayne, Pennsylvania, a supply chain planning and optimization technology company that helps businesses in all industries by forecasting weather-driven changes in supply, demand, and prices for products. and services. He helps his clients, which include retail manufacturers, energy, and agricultural companies, "avoid squandered opportunities and poor financial results caused by the unanticipated impact of the weather or weather volatility," says White.

An eighth-grade earth science class first piqued White's interest in meteorology. Later, he was working toward his bachelor's of science degree in meteorology at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania, when Bill Weaving, vice president of weather operations and research at Planalytics, spoke at the school. Even though he was still an undergraduate, White was actively involved in his field as the meteorologist on campus. "I gave Bill my resume and he called me during finals to let me know he had a position open" says White, who's been with the company for about a year and a half. …

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