Wayne G. Early
At OHRD, Wayne is conducting consulting and training seminars to create worker-owned and managed businesses. We have assisted the start-up and expansion of several cooperative businesses. Wayne received a certification in cooperative development from Cooperation Works in Madison, WI. He is the Loan Officer for Atlanta, representing the SEED Commons Loan Fund, which finances cooperatives and social justice organizations.
Wayne was born in Columbus, Ohio where he graduated from the Ohio State University, with a BS degree in African and Middle Eastern History and a minor in Business Administration. He served in the US Marine Corps where he worked in computer information systems and data analysis. He was assigned to naval ships and visited over twenty countries and island nations.
In Columbus he worked as Compliance Officer for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission where he specialized in employment and housing anti-discrimination investigations. He married and moved to Atlanta in 1978 where he started a family and obtained a Master of Economics degree from Georgia State University. He has wonderful 3 adult children and 3 beautiful grandchildren.
In Atlanta he was hired to organize the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity. He served as the deputy director and director of the commission for ten years. He served on the Governor’s team and managed attorneys, investigators and support staff. He assisted in the passage of Georgia’s Fair Housing Law.
He has over twenty years of executive management experience in corporate, government and non-profit enterprises, including several start-ups. He served as General Manager of a high-volume RE/MAX real estate office. He also managed several residential and commercial development projects; several small businesses; and community economic-development projects.
He served as Executive Director of the South DeKalb Business Incubator, Inc. (a non-profit small business development organization), which serviced over 20 small businesses. He also managed contracts with DeKalb County, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and DeKalb County. I managed public relation programs to promote the mission of the organization.