WAYNE E. WILLIAMS :: A FUTURIST HELPING START-UPS, BOARDS, AND BUSINESSES GROW.
A resident of Liberty Lake, Washington, Wayne is President and CEO of Telect, Inc., a leader in design and innovation of network equipment solutions for global wireless, data centers, and communications networks. Telect is a privately-held business founded in 1982 with headquarters and manufacturing in Liberty Lake, as well as a manufacturing facility in Guadalajara, Mexico. As an entrepreneur, developer, and strategic thinker, Wayne challenges the status quo by looking at what is possible and where things could lead rather than focusing on the now. Wayne has four patents, two of which which have contributed over $1 billion in revenue.
Wayne’s career at Telect spans three decades and has molded him into a respected mentor, leader, and visionary. He has been President since 1994, and was named Chief Executive Officer in 1997. Wayne led Telect through sky-rocketing growth, nearly taking the company public in 2000. The story that followed the dot com bust, telecom crash, and 9/11 is nothing short of divine intervention, applied wisdom, strong teamwork, and perseverance which positioned Telect for a new chapter.
Wayne and his wife, Terina, have three married children, each of whom are expanding the family’s entrepreneurial bloodlines. Wayne envisioned starting Grabbing Gears, LLC in 2010 to assist in the mentoring and financial fueling of regional start-ups and consequently has placed investments in several located in the Northwest. Unwavering in their faith, they attend Valley Real Life Ministries and are active in the YPO-WPO Christian Fellowship Network, notably the network’s annual Vision and Values Leadership Conference. Wayne and Terina are passionate about leading and participating in family and marriage ministries.
Staying involved in the local business community, serving as a resource to other business leaders, and speaking at events compliments Wayne’s intense focus on Telect. He is a 1996 graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner President Management Program. Serving on Washington Policy Center’s Board of Directors and being a member of their Eastern Washington Advisory Board provides unique insights to state and industry policies. Additionally, Wayne enjoys his service on the Board of Directors for Etailz and is a long-time member of YPO-WPO’s Pacific Northwest Chapter. Wayne and Terina participate in the Townsend Leadership Program, and Wayne is a fellow at the Townsend Leadership Institute at Huntington University in Indiana.
Married on February 25, 1984, Wayne and Terina Williams have been blessed to have raised three kids that are married to wonderful people. Proverbs 22:6 "Train up your child in the way they should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it." Our life mission has been to try, learn, apply, and mentor our those around us by living the Love filled example of Jesus Christ. It has not been a perfect mission in both family, friendships, and business - but it has been a growing experience that we wish to share with others.
UPDATE :: July 5, 2017 Wayne Williams led the sale of the Telect Family business to Amphenol (APH). Today, Telect remains a significant part of the growing Fiber Optic market. Wayne is General Manager and Strategic Advisor to Amphenol Telect today.
Terina Williams :: Entrepreneur & Minister
Terina Williams has been married to Wayne for nearly 33 years. She is the mother of three children: Mitch, Spencer, and Shayla; mother-in-law to Sydney, Audreyanna, and Sam; and grandmother to James Cutty Williams (Sydney and Mitch). In 2016, Spencer and Audrey welcomed little Georgia Belle Williams and Sam and Shayla welcomed Harrison Sage McGhee into this world for Gramma Terina to love on.
Terina loves to worship God through service and expresses her passion as a teacher/leader of women, writer, creator and chef of exquisite cuisine, painter of God's work, and vocally gifted to sing praises. Terina and Wayne are currently participating in Dr. John Townsend'sTownsend Leadership Program and intend to offer a deeper level of biblical growth to marriage, families, and businesses through their facilitation and coaching.