"In the five years that I’ve chaired the Ascension Awards, hosted by the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, Wayne’s message was the most powerful and stimulating of them all."
Community Relations & Special Events Manager
The Palm Beach Post
Wayne is an entrepreneur, business attorney and business strategist. He started his first venture around his kitchen table with a $250.00 retainer which he turned into more than a million dollars in annual revenue in roughly 30 months. He then joined forces with several partners in creating one of the largest legal conglomerates in the country, which at its apex, had annual revenues of over 80 million dollars and 20 branches. During his legal career, Wayne represented some of the most prestigious corporations in the world, including Office Depot, AT&T, Hilton Hotels Corporation, American Express and Shell Oil Company.
From the outset, Wayne used his influence as a prominent attorney and businessman to create or support purpose-centered organizations. This began with creating educational scholarships for minority students, providing legal and business internships through his firms, giving to legal entities that support the poor and ultimately founding the Oasis Compassion Agency, with Sharon. For roughly two decades, Oasis has helped thousands of families restore their dignity by providing them with food, clothing, counseling, job training and resources required to triumph over adversity.
Wayne continues this legacy by teaching, mentoring and coaching others how to create and launch purpose-centered businesses and organizations. He’s been a speaker for companies such as Office Depot, Sprint, and Ford Motor Credit as well as several universities, businesses associations, nonprofits, and churches. He’s a published several books, including “This Business of Supplier Diversity,” and “The Runner,” a Christian, legal thriller. He’s also written Continuing Legal Education materials for the National Business Institute. He and Sharon have two amazing children and one equally amazing grand-munchkin.
A Warning From Wayne To Leaders Who Fail to Embrace The Future.
Office Depot - Spotlight on African-American Success;
Northwood (Keiser) University – Excellence In Entrepreneurship;
Macy's Crystal Award - Minority Business Advocacy;
Florida State MSDC– Doing Good While Doing Well Award;
GROW FL – Companies To Watch Multiple Year Designation;
DiversityBusiness.com – Top Diverse Business Multiple Year Designation;
NMSDC - Supplier of The Year Award.
Education & Features
Trinity College: B.A. Degree in English with a Concentration in Writing: Student Leader, Teaching Assistant to distinguished professor, James English.
George Washington University Law School: Juris Doctorate Degree (JD); Honors in Trial Advocacy; Law Clerk to Chief Judge, Arthur L. Burnett, Sr., District of Columbia, Trial Court.
“Northwestern University: Kellogg School Of Management: Completed executive MBA Certification, Sponsored by client, AT&T Corporation.
“Fortune Magazine Online.” – Feature story on Wayne's Book, "Tales My Grandma Told Me," focusing on entrepreneurial wisdom gleaned from his grandparents.
“The Good News Magazine” – Feature story: "A Man of Many Missions," focusing on how Wayne manages to balance purpose while maintaining a high-performance lifestyle.