Wes retired after a 46-year business career with Lanier Business Products which became Lanier Worldwide, Inc. He started as a customer service representative and finished the course as Chairman/CEO. At the time of his retirement, Wes was inducted into the Horatio Alger Distinguished Americans. In the same time period, his alma mater, Southern Polytechnic State University recognized Wes with an honorary doctorate. He enjoys a continuing touch with the business world through having served as a Board member of Ann Taylor for ten years, and presently serves on the Board of Piedmont Office Real Estate Trust, and is Chairman of the Southern Polytechnic State University Foundation. Wes enjoys mentoring young business men and is a quarterly guest speaker for MBA students of GA State University.