D. Wayne Robinson, President & Chief Executive Officer

WayneStaffD. Wayne Robinson served in the U.S. Army and rose to the pinnacle of enlisted ranks as a Command Sergeant Major. During his career he held many leadership positions in Artillery, Special Operations, and Recruiting and graduated from every enlisted leadership course offered by the Army. One of the highlights of his career was serving as the Liaison and Operations Sergeant for the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta (Delta Force). He has over 39 awards recognizing his valuable contributions to multiple units, as well as actions taken during combat including the Order of Saint Barbara, the Glen E. Morrell Medallion, and the Meritorious Service Medal (6th award), and has served in more than 12 countries around the world.

Before joining SVA's professional staff in October of 2013, Mr. Robinson served on the organization's advisory board. Previously, he was a partner and head of New Business Development at Drexel Hamilton Investment Partners, a veteran-owned Wall Street firm that provides investment advisory and management services to clients through a variety of equity funds. His keen business acumen and ability to communicate with investors proved instrumental in the explosive growth of the company to over $230 million in less than three years.

Mr. Robinson is the first Sergeant Major to graduate with an MBA from the Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago, where his team won the Global New Venture Challenge, a business competition consisting of top teams from around the world.  He is also a graduate of Wall Street Warfighters, a program that helps high-potential veterans transition into finance roles. A native of Mobile, Alabama, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Trident University and has previously attended New York University (NYU) to further his expertise in the principles of investment banking.

Mr. Robinson also holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses as well as a Black Belt Lean Six Sigma certification. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Jesuit Academy.