Wayne Tolbert

About Wayne

Music Artist

Original contemporary christian music which has been aired all over the country and available in online stores.

Professional Actor

Network television roles, short films and commercials. Agent: Advantage Talent (Nashville, TN)

System Engineer

Former Air Force officer with over 34 years of experience acquiring military-related systems & equipment.

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Biography

 

Wayne Tolbert grew up in Williston, a small town of 3,000 people in the southern portion of South Carolina. He is one of seven children and learned early in life how to share food and clothing as “hand-me-downs” were a large part of his lifestyle. Up until 4th grade he attended a segregated school, and excelled at all subjects even after the schools were integrated. He always believed he could do anything and be anything he wanted to and can remember aspiring to be an astronaut and even President of the United States.


Even though he always liked school (he couldn’t wait for the summer to be over), his real passion came when he joined the band in the 6th grade. He practiced his trumpet hours upon hours and would continue playing music all the way through high school and even into college. He would garner many awards including 1st chair selections for the Edisto Conference Bands, Solo & Ensemble superior ratings, and selections to the Governor’s All-Star Band. He also served as First Sergeant of the marching band, played varsity basketball, and broke the high school record for the 330 low hurdles. He was a Beta Club Honor Graduate at Williston-Elko High School in 1979.   


Wayne had no mentors or examples to look to regarding technical careers, but he was encouraged by his high school guidance counselor to pursue engineering because minorities were being highly sought. With his siblings also attending college, Wayne decided to pursue an Air Force ROTC scholarship to help pay for his college education. Clemson University awarded him a 3 and ½ year scholarship and he decided to major in ceramic engineering – a fairly new curriculum. During college, Wayne was named the first President of the Clemson University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. He also served as Group Commander in ROTC, Vice President of the American Ceramic Society and was a member of the Clemson varsity track team. He was selected to the Keramos Honor Fraternity, Who’s Who Among American Colleges & Universities and Outstanding Young Men of America in 1983. He also received his ceramic engineering degree in 1983 and was immediately commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF).   


Wayne spent 6 years in the Los Angeles area as an officer in the USAF and reached the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged. He earned his space badge working as a project engineer on efforts that included the Consolidated Space/Satellite Operations Center (CSOC) and the Global Positioning System (GPS). Wayne was the contract manager and project officer for the $90 million Integration Support Contract for the CSOC – the first facility of its kind developed to track both the space shuttle and satellites. He was responsible for coordinating the interfaces for NASA-Houston, NASA-Kennedy Space Center, and the east/west coast launch vehicle sites. Later, he handled management of the state-of-the-art $18 million Security Control System (SCS) for the CSOC facility. He also worked briefly on the B2 Bomber program just before it was unveiled to the public.


Wayne received a number of awards while serving in the Air Force. He was awarded the USAF Commendation Medal and the Achievement Medal. He was also the Los Angeles AFB Company Grade Officer of the Quarter & Runner-up for Company Grade Officer of the Year, Detachment 31’s Employee of the Quarter, and was voted President of the Los Angeles AFB Company Grade Officer’s Council and President of the local Toastmasters International Club. He also participated in the Worldwide Air Force Talent Contests and received “Best of Show” awards (vocal/dance) at the Command level multiple times. Before being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Wayne received his masters of business administration degree from Pepperdine University.


Wayne then worked as a cost engineer/analyst for a number of companies in the Department of Defense (DoD) industry. He has worked a number of military programs including the Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) where he performed life cycle cost (LCC) estimates and special cost studies for the Department of the Army's Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Modernization Program. He led the study supporting the United States Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Harbinger Program to perform LCC estimates and average unit manufacturing cost (AUMC) for the Increment IV 40mm (electric discharge) projectile. He also supported the United States Coast Guard's multi-billion dollar Deepwater Project performing Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis and Total Ownership Cost (TOC) management for the forty-year acquisition schedule, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) 192 laser beam project. Currently, he works for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) with a team of system engineers and cost analysts performing cost estimating support and risk management for the United States Marines’ Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Survivability Upgrade (SU) and the Assault Combat Vehicle (ACV) Programs. He is also the Program Manager for two Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for the Cost & Economics (CE) Cost Support efforts. Wayne has been SAIC for 17 years.


Wayne has spent countless hours supporting and encouraging his local community. He has served on the Board of Directors and as a Pastoral Staff member for Grace Christian Center and The Church Of Corinth. He has also directed the Men’s Ministry, led the Youth Band and Dance teams, and participated in many Children’s Ministry activities. He has been a mentor for Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles (10 years), Kids Hope USA and a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of America.   Wayne has also kept busy outside of his professional/engineering career. He has started two different small businesses; a frozen yogurt/treat shop and Tolbert Enterprises providing consulting services to military-related aerospace companies. He is also a Christian/Gospel music artist who is truly a “One-Man” band. As the head of the Tolbert Music label, he not only writes his own songs, but performs all of the vocals and instrumentation on many of them. Wayne has led or participated on praise and worship teams and performed in concerts for various churches across the country (including Madison Square Garden). His original songs have garnered radio airplay all across the country. He is also a professional actor who has performed in many short films, feature films, commercials, local productions and two nationally-televised scenes on ABC and TNT.   


Wayne is currently writing a book entitled “Suiciety” which explores how society can influence and change a person to the point that the real you disappears or “dies”. He believes each person should embrace their uniqueness and that happiness is a decision you make; it’s not determined by what’s going on around you. He resides in the Nashville area with his beautiful wife and two teenage children.     

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