Wayne grew up elbow deep in automotive transmissions. After graduating high school he went to college for engineering. But after 2 years realized that he really missed working on engines. Thus began his full-time career specializing in transmissions, working side-by-side with his father Wes, who was the original owner of Russell Auto.
As a result of his passion for transmissions, Wayne has become deeply involved in the automotive industry. He previously served as Director of the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA), as well as, founded and is the current vice president of its New England Chapter. In fact, Wayne has been invited numerous times to present seminars at the ATRA’s annual national training conventions and in 1982 was uniquely recognized by the ATRA with the presentation of the “Good Buy of the Year” award - which has never been given to another person in the group’s history!
In addition to his participation in the ATRA, he is also an active member of the Sonnax TASC Force® which is a leading group of industry experts that develop part solutions used worldwide, the Raybestos Transmission Products Group, serves on the advisory board of the , and is a director of the Maintenance Association of the Granite State (MAGS). Wayne has also authored many articles for industry magazines and appears regularly on local automotive radio show, including 1370AM WFEA’s "Talking Cars with Dick & Ron".
When Wayne doesn’t have his hands in a transmission, he can be found engaging is his other passions including playing guitar in the local band "Speed Trap", scuba diving, underwater photography, go kart racing, and spending time with his grandchildren, Dylan, Sadie, Adelie, Nova and coming soon baby April!