|About Wayne George|
Wayne was born in 1953 in Mullins. He is the son of the late Dawsie and Furman George of Mullins. Both of his parents heavily influenced Wayne, teaching him the value of hard work and the importance of family. Wayne is a life-long resident of Marion County. Heavily involved in sports during high school, Wayne graduated from Mullins High in 1971. He went on to study at Coastal Carolina University with a basketball scholarship. Wayne and his wife, the former Helen Barrineau, have three sons, Jeff, Will and Bradley. Jeff lives and works in Columbia. Will, lives in Mullins and is studying for an advanced degree in public administration. Bradley is a sophomore at USC in Columbia.
In 1983 he founded The George Agency, a general insurance and full service real estate agency. The agency specializes in and offers life, health, and disability insurance to individuals and groups. Leslie Drew manages the full service real estate division which includes appraisals, sales, and rentals. Wayne is a licensed insurance and real estate broker. Wayne is also a state licensed auctioneer.
Public service has always been important to Wayne, so in 1980 Wayne ran and was elected to the Mullins City Council. After 8 years on Council, Wayne decided to run for mayor. He was first elected mayor of Mullins in 1988 and served continuously until 2004.
As mayor, Wayne was able to improve the lives of the people of Mullins. He initiated a partnership with Florence Darlington Technical College that brought quality instruction to the citizens of Mullins in a convenient downtown location. Currently, this program has 700 students who are improving themselves and their chances of employment through education. He was also instrumental in the development of the Miles Community Center, which provides a location for the Council on Aging to provide a daily lunch to Mullins’ senior citizens.
Additionally, Wayne oversaw the expansion of sewage lines along highway 76 from Mullins to the 501 Bypass saving industry jobs at AVM and expanding other jobs along the highway corridor.
For his work as mayor, Wayne has been given multiple state awards citing his commitment to rural revitalization and historic preservation. He has also twice been the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce’s Community Service Award. Wayne was elected by over 1500 mayors and city council people to served as the President of the South Carolina Municipal Association.
In 2004, Wayne decided not to seek re-election as mayor. He went on to work for the Municipal Association as a field representative. He helped over 52 cities and towns set up insurance programs for their employees. In addition, he assisted distressed communities throughout South Carolina with budgetary and other municipal issues. He was also named Rural Innovator of the Year by the Governor.
Wayne has taught marketing and business courses at Horry Georgetown Technical College. Wayne also served as an adjunct professor at USC where he taught at USC where he Finance 442.
In 2010, Wayne co-founded with Richard Marsh of Marion a firm that specializes in helping companies develop employer/employee insurance benefits programs. Currently, the firm has clients across the state. Wayne is proud of the company's efforts finding the right insurance benefits they need.
Wayne and his family are active members of the Macedonia United Methodist Church in Mullins. He serves as the church’s finance chair. Wayne sits on the Board of Trustees for Coastal Carolina University. He is also a member of the Progress Energy Advisory Board. He is an active member and past president of the Mullins Rotary Club.