Waynett A. (Wayne) Sobers is an Energy Leadership Index™ Master Practitioner, a Certified Professional Coach (Life and Business), and a professionally published author (his book The Harlem Line: Lessons Learned Along the Way is available on Amazon today). He is a graduate of CCNY (BS Meteorology) and Baruch College, CUNY (MBA International Business). An OCS graduate, he served as a U.S. Navy Officer for seven years attaining the rank of Lieutenant.
Wayne possesses an extremely diverse business and leadership background. For ten years, he worked as a meteorologist and Technical Specialist for the U.S. Weather Bureau. During that period he formed W.A. Sobers Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in all forms of insurance.
Wayne’s exciting media communications career began with Ebony Magazine as an Advertising Representative. Three years later he began a distinguished association with Earl Graves and BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine that spanned sixteen years. He pioneered several vital positions in marketing, management and finance; was responsible for the acquisition and operation of two radio stations under the banner of E.G.G. Dallas Broadcasting Inc. He left the company as Executive Vice President to explore his own entrepreneurial desires.
He became owner/operator of Sobers Chevrolet, Inc., Mooresville, NC. After he sold the dealership he established WayVon, a small business consulting company, which also served as an independent distributor of educational and environmental products.
In addition to being licensed in all forms of insurance for 30 years, Wayne was a Registered Representative for AXA/Equitable. He subsequently served as Executive Vice President for the nation’s premier community development corporation, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Wayne has been an Adjunct Professor at Westchester Business Institute and Mercy College. He later began a career in banking with Wachovia Bank where he served as a Customer Relationship Manager and Financial Center Manager.
Wayne serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Real Dads Network, Inc. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Equitable Variable Life Insurance Company (EVLICO), and a board member and treasurer of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB). In addition, he served on the Board of St. Peter’s Union Free School District and the St. Peter’s School Board of Education, Peekskill, NY.
He is extremely proud of his legacy of mentoring young minority employees. He encouraged and helped them to prepare for significant positions in marketing and advertising, as well as starting their own businesses. Several very successful African-Americans in business, publishing, public relations and banking attribute their readiness to step out on their own to his direction, support and tutelage. He continues to add to that legacy as an Energy Leadership Index™ Master Practitioner and a Certified Professional Coach.
If you’re interested in learning more about Wayne the Coach and what it takes to thrive in this profession, check out his upcoming book, The Harlem Line: Lessons Learned Along the Way!