I’m Melissa Wayne, a skilled marketer, a pastor’s wife, and mama of four.
I help businesses improve their presence so they can grow their brand awareness and have greater influence.
It seems like just yesterday that I got my business degree from Samford University and headed back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to work at my family’s printing company. I was marketing our business, but also helping others market theirs. I started selling printing in cities all over the eastern United States from the Christian music group, Mercy Me, in Nashville to BlackRock global investment corporation in New York City. For nearly ten years I managed clients’ printing needs. During this time, I also went on to get my MBA at Indiana University.
Soon after, a new pastor position opened for my husband, Joel, that moved us to Greenwich, Connecticut, just outside New York City, which was perfect since my largest client moved to Greenwich, too. But, travel got old, and we were on baby number four so I took a break from client management.
It turns out when you marry a guy who is a pastor, it’s hard to know where to call home. And being from the south, we were starving to be closer to family. So we left our New York City suburb and went to rural Beaver Dam, Kentucky. Not home exactly, but closer. It was a culture shock, and we knew it was just a season, but I started to settle into normalcy as Director of Marketing for a large independent pharmacy.
After two short years, Joel again took a new role as pastor in Hudsonville, Michigan – not a dream destination, but the community here has become a dream come true. We have fallen in love with Pure Michigan. I continued marketing businesses in the financial, healthcare, and food service industries. About that time, Joel started consulting businesses on leadership. Then came the perfect opportunity to officially join him as a marketing consultant with VSI Leadership.
So, we do it together. Our journey has had many twists and turns, but we are beyond thankful for the adventure.
Our lives are evidence that God’s plans are greater than your own. VSI Leadership exists to help you grow in influence and impact as a leader and as an organization. I’m walking alongside you to help you every step of the way.