Johnny Furr, Jr.
Johnny Furr, Jr., is Vice President, Urban Marketing and Community Affairs for Anheuser-Busch, Inc., nation's largest brewer. In this role, Furr leads the development of objectives, strategies and actions focused on Urban and African-American consumer marketing and sales. In addition, his responsibilities include leading the company's community affairs and community outreach departments, which develop programs, partnerships and cause-marketing initiatives with community-based organizations across the nation. Furr is a corporate officer and board member of Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
In 27 years with Anheuser-Busch, Furr's career began in sales and marketing, where he held a variety of key beer sales management positions, including Region Administrator, Manager of National Sales Operations, and Division Sales Manager. In 1995, he used those skills to build a solid portfolio of programs and initiatives as Director of Wholesaler & Retailer Development in the Consumer Awareness and Education Department of Anheuser-Busch, which is responsible for implementing community-based programs to help fight alcohol abuse. From 1998 to 2000, he also served on Anheuser-Busch's Management Development Panel, an exclusive group of corporate executives who work directly with the company's most senior officers. In 2000, he was named Vice President, Corporate Affairs, for Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.. In 2002 he was named Vice President, Sales development and Community Affairs, a post he held until being named to his current position.
As native St. Louisan, he is a graduate of Sumner High School and received a bachelor's degree in communications and marketing from Saint Louis University. In various leadership roles he has served as co-chair of the United Way of Greater St. Louis' Charmaine Chapman Society; chair of the National Council of Negro Women's "Uncommon Height" fundraising gala; and chair of the St. Louis American Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education annual fundraising dinner. Furr is also affiliated with various civic and community organizations and serves on the board of the national NAACP Board of Trustees, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club, St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable, St. Louis Urban League, St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, United Way of Greater St. Louis and St. Louis Minority Business Council. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, the National Council of Negro Women, St. Louis Urban League, and 100 Black Men of St. Louis.