Tre’ Black: Difficult conversations lead to greater understanding

As part of its celebration of Black History Month, the Dallas Regional Chamber caught up with Tre’ Black, President and CEO of On-Target Supplies & Logistics, to ask about major influences on his life and diversity, equity, and inclusion in business.

Since taking over as president and CEO in 2018, Black has led Dallas-based On-Target Supplies & Logistics to record employment count. Black also leads the acquisition and management of the company’s real estate and private investments through a related entity, TreCo Investments. Black serves on the DRC Board of Directors and co-chairs the DRC’s Education & Workforce Advisory Council.

Are there any African American figures that have had a major influence on your life? Who are they, and why do you look up to them?

Ron Kirk, the first African American Mayor of Dallas. He had a unique style and ability to make people feel good about his leadership, while also being an advocate for business and economic inclusion. He laid the foundation for so many current leaders and economic developments that we enjoy today. Mr. Kirk also has a powerhouse wife and two girls (now adults). I’ve always admired his commitment to family.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the current generation of African American leaders?

Being an advocate for each other without seeking personal gain in return.

As a business leader, how do you have effective conversations on race?

By initially being an empathetic provider of historic literature that speaks to the current environment. Race conversations are difficult but can lead to greater understanding and constructive future community impact.

What would you want future generations of African Americans to know, especially when it comes to building a successful career?

Faith, family, and humility take you far. Develop and listen to true mentors because experience matters!