Wayne holds his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Wayne served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Weapons Specialist from 1968-1972. Before his honorable discharge, he served two years overseas and two years in country. He went on to serve in the Army National Guard in Michigan, Texas and California from 1977 – 1989 where he held such positions as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Company Commander of Infantry and Armor Units before his honorable discharge.
Wayne began his civilian career as a Business Education Teacher in the Mecosta-Osceola County School District in Big Rapids, Michigan. He was recruited by Yoplait, Inc., a division of General Mills and spent the next 18 years moving to General Mills facilities throughout the United States to improve processes and employee relationships. He was involved with a Joint venture with Nestles’ and General Mills in Liverpool, England, and was responsible for building and staffing a new cereal plant.
Wayne went on to assume the position of Vice President of Operations for Cape Cod Potato Chips in Hyannis, MA, where he was tasked with complete responsibility for the main chip manufacturing plant and five co-pack facilities within the United States and the United Kingdom, three of which he and his team started up. He used strategic planning and implementation to ensure operations supported double digit sales growth each year and delivered reductions in operating costs by developing a national and European supply chain to better meet sales demands, reduce logistical costs and contracted with Maine potato growers to achieve the most competitive pricing.
He was Plant Manager at the Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Fort Wayne, Indiana plant from 2002 through 2006, where he had total site responsibility. He managed 320 people with a high performance work system, non-union and developed and implemented a new pay system to enhance a floundering work system. Wayne restructured the plant leadership team to best meet cobweb results and plant mission. In 2005 the plant was the safest large dairy plant in the U.S.
Since 2006, Wayne has held the position of Director of Manufacturing for the Glad Division of Clorox Company in Arkansas where he oversees 3 manufacturing sites with an annual operating budget of $170 million dollars and gross sales of $850 million per year. Wayne has over 30 years of extensive Manufacturing experience and sits on Venergy Group’s Board of Advisors.