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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Special Announcement to FEE Supporters and Partners

Wayne Olson will be stepping down as executive director at the end of 2017.

One of the most valuable kinds of experiences I’ve had over these past nine years as FEE’s President has been the opportunity to work with excellent colleagues to advance and spread the freedom philosophy.

Perhaps the most valuable collaboration has been my partnership with FEE’s executive director Wayne Olson.

Wayne’s New Role with FEE

Four years ago, FEE was determined to pursue an aggressive growth strategy and I needed someone with business experience to help me build out an organization that could achieve it. Wayne agreed to come on board for a limited time because this work required him to commute to Atlanta from his home in New York.

As FEE has succeeded in developing the infrastructure that will enable it to continue on a rapid growth trajectory, Wayne will be stepping down as executive director at the end of 2017 to return to his family. I am thankful he has agreed to continue with FEE in an advisory capacity with respect to particular initiatives that will benefit from his expertise.

We on staff cannot begin to express the gratitude we have toward Wayne for his exemplary leadership over these past four pivotal years in FEE’s life.

Wayne’s Contributions to FEE

Today, FEE reaches millions online monthly, exposes thousands of newcomers to life-changing pro-liberty experiences annually, and is among the liberty movement’s leaders in marketing the ideas of freedom as a life philosophy.

This is all made possible by the team of outstanding professionals Wayne played a key role in attracting to the FEE staff. And beyond that professional role, Wayne is one of the best friends and confidants I’ve ever had.


The FEE you know today is a credit, in large part, to Wayne’s business acumen and vision. Coming out of retirement from a previous business career, Wayne oversaw our:

  • Dramatic expansion online with original and syndicated content;
  • Headquarters relocation from New York to Atlanta;
  • Doubling of the operating budget;
  • Significant expansion of in-person programs;
  • Establishment of marketing and media capabilities; and
  • Securing new, leveraged partnerships with allies and supporters to expand FEE’s mission in numerous exciting new ways.

I am not exaggerating in the slightest by saying Wayne succeeded in his mission.

Touching Words from Roger Ream, FEE’s Chairman

It bears mentioning that Wayne’s involvement with FEE precedes his tenure on staff as executive director. Wayne and I worked together for five years beforehand while he served as FEE’s Chairman during times of extraordinary change at FEE.

When I discussed this news with Roger Ream, FEE’s Chairman, he told me:

I speak for FEE’s Board of Trustees when I say: Thank you, Wayne! It’s hard to imagine FEE having accomplished so much these past few years without you as our executive director.

So congratulations, Wayne! We will miss your constant leadership in Atlanta, but look forward to your wisdom and support for years to come.

  • Lawrence W. Reed is FEE's President Emeritus, having previously served for nearly 11 years as FEE’s president (2008-2019). He is also FEE's Humphreys Family Senior Fellow and Ron Manners Global Ambassador for Liberty. His Facebook page is here and his personal website is