W.W. “Foots” Clements, CME, started selling Dr. Pepper in 1935, when, as a student at the University of Alabama, he began a marketing career as a route salesman. Thirty-nine years later he was elected chairman of the company. He was recognized as the catalyst of the company’s significant growth through the 1960’s and 1970’s. He is credited with opening the company’s international market by successful franchising bottling plants in Japan.
He has been director and chairman of Sales and Marketing Executives International, and is past president of the Horatio Alger Association for Distinguished Americans. He has served on the President’s Council of the University of Alabama and on the board of Southern Methodist University Foundation for Business Administration.