Wayne von Borste business Leader is a business expert who has been around for a long time. He was born on November 17, 1940 in Spokane, Washington. The second of four children to two young parents, he grew up in a family that had zero tolerance for failure. Von Borste’s mother passed away at the age of 50 and his father died not too long after at the age of 68. The left Wayne with four siblings and just $20 that he had saved up from when he was 8 years old (his mother died when Wayne was 10). He had to take over the responsibility of supporting his family and his siblings. His first job was with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he worked as a clerk typist for $104 a month.

In 1967, von Borste moved to Anchorage, Alaska when he decided that he wanted to run an import/export company there. A year later he took a job with Shell Oil as a driver. He later worked as a sales manager at two other oil companies before starting his own business in 1971 called “Atlas Freight”. Atlas Freight was originally started by von Borste and his brother-in-law Bill Caskey who had moved down from Spokane. They owned a trucking company in Spokane that von Borstel was forced to take over when his mother passed away.

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Von Borste won the Alaska Business Hall of Fame Association Business Leader Award in 2012, which is an honor bestowed upon individuals who have “contributed substantially to the state’s economy, culture and community through their leadership activities over a period of time.” He has also been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and NABE

Von Borste graduated from Mount Spokane High School in 1954 and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University (1978). Von Borste is an Eagle Scout.