Ingram is absolutely a drum major for economic development in the
African American Community. Early in his life while growing up in
Marshall, Texas, he had aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur.
After his discharge from the U. S. Army he started working for a
local formal wear company in Downtown Dallas, where he gained his
initial experience in the business. Additionally during this time
African Americans could not rent formal wear from the white stores,
so the idea of owning his own formal wear store took roots.
Mr. Ingrain opened his first store on Oakland Avenue in South Dallas
and named it "MR. FORMAL". Initially the level
oÁbusiness was very slow and seasonaL With the economic
uncertainty of this venture, he held several other jobs in order to
support his business. For many years he had a full time job with
Braniff Airlines. Throughout many long years of struggles and
disappointments he has always retained a positive attitude towards
his dreams of economic development and success. He is living proof
that with God's help and praying you can overcome the many obstacles
that roll into our daily lives.
and devotion to his business is one of the principal reasons that he
has weathered the many storms with the help of his wife Joan. This devotion and his strong commitment to customer
satisfaction and his hands on attitude has helped it to grow and
become respected as a successful minority business. Mr. Ingram has never forgotten his roots and he
will always take time to instruct young entrepreneur in the basics of
doing business. He has touched many young peoples lives. He gives
back to the community by donations of formal wear rentals and
contributions to many organizations, schools and many underprivileged
young men and women.
Formal" as he is affectionately called has received numerous
awards over the years. Of particular note, he was one of the awardees
in the "Quest For Success" and the N.A.M.D. Marketeer Of
The Year award. He and his wife Joan have been members of The Concord
Baptist Church since 1977.
Ingram is the father of 7 children; 5 daughters, 2 sons and 3
grandsons. He's very proud that all his children are college
graduates and successful in their own careers.