BETF Executive Director
R. Wayne Hicks
R. Wayne Hicks is the Executive Director for the BDPA Education & Technology Foundation, the non-profit fundraising arm for a national IT association. Wayne served as BETF executive director when first created in 1992-1993. He returned to that leadership position again in 2006.
Wayne has been active leader in BDPA since he joined in 1988. He served in virtually every leadership position on both the local and national level. He earned the ‘BDPA Presidents Award’ in 1989, 1992 and 2001. Wayne took over the BDPA Cincinnati chapter in 1999. His chapter won ‘Comeback Chapter of the Year’ and ‘Most Improved Chapter’ awards the following year. BDPA Cincinnati chapter subsequently earned recognition for national excellence in community service, membership and professional service. BDPA Cincinnati became a national powerhouse under his leadership - winning ‘Chapter of the Year’ or ‘Chapter of the Year Runner-Up’ honors in eight of the past 9 years.
Wayne served as national BDPA president-elect (2002-2003) and national BDPA president (2004-2005). National BDPA experienced record growth in terms of membership and corporate sponsorship during those years.
Wayne accepted the challenge of growing the impact of BETF as their executive director in 2006. Under his guidance, the Foundation increased the number and amount of scholarships, donations and chapter grants in each of the past three years. Currently, he is working with a dynamic Board of Directors to implement a $5 million BETF Endowment Fund.
Wayne received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside. He is a past member of the federal government Senior Executive Service. The Business Courier recognized him as one of the “Forty-Under-40” leaders in Cincinnati and he was a finalist for the Applause Magazine ImageMaker Award for his work in the technology arena. Currently, he owns his own consulting business focused on leadership transformation projects and online marketing.
Wayne has been a frequent workshop presenter at regional & national training seminars discussing topics such as, "Vanishing Black Male," "Dealing with Office Politics," "Bridging the Digital Divide," and "Strategies for Success."
Wayne is a single parent with three children.