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Dwayne grew up in North Carolina. After high school he had several opportunities to play college football instead of accepting those offers, he chose to serve his country in the U.S. Army. Dwayne’s army career expanded over 20 years. While serving his country Dwayne held various leadership positions.These positions included Brigade level Sergeant Major (596 Transportation Group), Division Transportation Sergeant Major (3rd Infantry Division (M)), First Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Equal Opportunity Representative along with other tactical and staff positions.

After retiring from the military in 2003, Dwayne joined the security industry. As a security professional he has held various management positions with Securitas and Allied Barton Security Services as well as other large security companies. While working at these security companies he has held positions such as Branch Manager, Operations Manager, District Manager and Director of Operations. While serving in these positions Dwayne managed and directed all operational and staff activities for over one hundred security contracts valuing over 50M in annual revenue. He was also responsible for coaching, counseling and developing over 500 assigned personnel to allow for their competency and growth.

Additionally, he was responsible for all customer service, operations, quality assurance, human resources and profit and loss functions. He assured that all policy, regulatory and contract issuances were properly met. He provided authoritative staff advice and technical guidance to managers and officers on security contracts in Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, North Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. His portfolio of business included Class A, B and C commercial properties, warehouse and logistic locations, gated communities, hospitals, retail and multi-use facilities, state and federal government buildings, Hartsfield Atlanta Jackson International (HJAIA) airport, and shopping center complexes.

Dwayne is an active member of ASIS International. He holds a certification in Homeland Security with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI) with a five level designation. Dwayne is also a NC and GA state certified instructor. He is also a certified Red Cross First Aid, AED and CPR instructor.

Dwayne earned undergraduate degrees in Business Administration from Methodist College and Business Management from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He also earned a Masters in Management and Leadership from Liberty University.

Dwayne is very active in his community.  He serves on his church’s community outreach ministries where he volunteers at various shelters and youth, adult and senior citizen group homes in the Atlanta Metro area.  He is a member of Cobb County’s Partner in Education program.  He also volunteers as a community football coach for Whitefield Academy’s 5/6th grade football team as well as coaches football, basketball and baseball at First Baptist Church of Smyrna Upward Sports program.  Additionally, he is an active (Life) member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated stated purpose is to attract and build a strong and effective force of men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift. 

Dwayne serves on the board of Trustees for Atlanta Youth Academy (AYA) and Wolfpack Fourth and Ten ( A non-profit that assist student athletes with attending independent school).  Dwayne is married to Dr. Annisha Ellis and have three children – Dwayne II-(US Army), Tori and Joshua.