I am the President/CEO of Wise, one of the largest independent print and marketing services providers in the U.S.
I have been blessed with starting, creating, building or leading companies/divisions. Creating, building and leading companies is my passion. I started a paper route when I was 12. I started working when I was 14 or 15 for a bus routing software company. I was not challenged and started a driveway sealing business with a friend that next year which continued for a few years. A few years later I started a painting business with a friend which we did through college. After college I started working at GE Credit, now GE Capital, in 1980 but I was not challenged and was not learning so I began looking for a business to start. I went to work for David Wise, the founder of Wise, in 1980 as he asked me to help expand the business geographically by starting and building other plant locations. In 1981, I was given the opportunity to lead 8 people in the start up of our Fort Wayne, IN location whose purpose was to be closer to our mid-west distributors and to build our mid-west distributor relationships. After 3 years in Fort Wayne, I moved to Alpharetta, GA to lead the start of another location with a team of people to serve and build relationships with distributors located in the southeastern US and the Caribbean. In 1987, my brother, Jeff, and I purchased Wise from David Wise.
I became President/CEO in 1994. We are blessed with great people and I attribute what success we have had to the team of people at Wise that work tirelessly for our customers and execute on ideas for the improvement and growth for our business. Our customers provide the focus for all we do and without them we would not have a purpose for our business.
I have served on the Board of the PSDA (Print, Services and Distribution Association) for the past 5 years and currently serve as its President.
I have been fortunate to find the love of my life and been married to Joy for almost 26 years. I have been blessed with 3 great boys: Will, Grant and Jack. My family has the #1 place in my life, after my personal Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and I spend most of my time outside of work with them. I currently live outside of Atlanta in Johns Creek, GA.
I enjoy working out, golf, tennis and reading. I attend Northpoint Community Church and enjoy facilitating, leading and disciplining men in a small group setting.