He is the host of The Success Factor, a weekly radio talk show on WDTK Detroit's "The Patriot" 1400AM & 101.5FM Sundays at noon. The show's format features both controversial and unifying topics. "As the show's host, I'm being guided by the principle that reasonable people can disagree without being disagreeable. Polite discourse of controversial subjects is fundamental to a civil society; and The Success Factor is committed to providing a forum where opposing views can be respectfully exchanged," says Wesley.
Over the years, he's provided consulting services to over 40 businesses, even while simultaneously establishing a retail franchise system that operated 30 units in five States. Additionally, he's served as Headmaster of a State-Licensed Private Vocational School, and as a licensed real estate agent, having participated in over 30 commercial transactions.
As an entrepreneur, Wes demonstrated a strategic style of management by building a multi-million dollar brick-and-mortar business. In 1995, his business expanded to the clicks of the Internet, causing him to adjust and sharpen his marketing skills to where they soon proved exceptionally well-suited to the new and radically different online arena. He operated under several brands, including Flower Delivery Express, a $60M world-class business servicing millions of customers in over 150 countries. After a 40-year business career, he divested himself of all business interests in 2016 and retired.
Wes has collaborated on designing sets for both ABC and CBS television shows, has appeared as a guest on several talk shows, and has been interviewed countless times by broadcast and print media. His many media appearances include: NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, Entrepreneur and Time Magazines, Fox News, Neil Cavuto, Geraldo Rivera, and John Stossel, to name a just few.
Major Honors and Awards:
- 2003 - Pheasant Ring Autistic Community Ring of Hope Community Service Award
- 2008 - NAACP Oakland County Chapter's Corporate Leadership Award
- 2008 - Florist Review Magazine's Retail Florist of the Year for Community Involvement
- 2008 - Chamber of Commerce honoree as Business Person of the Year
- 2011 - Inc. Magazine's Top 500|5000-ranked Fastest Growing Retailer
- 2011 - Optimist Club's Person of the Year
- 2012 - Optimist International's Business Person of the Year Michigan District
- 2014 - Civil rights organization United We Walk's Community Leader Award
- 2016 - Commissioned Honorary Naval Commander (O-5) by Michigan Governor Schneider
Wes has held memberships in: The Detroit Economic Club, Adcraft Club of Detroit, Rotary International, Optimists International, NAACP, Shriners International, Wabeek Country Club, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit Gun Club, NRA, and at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, where he's taught Sunday School, ushered, and served on its Board of Trustees. He has also served on the Boards of an Educational Foundation, Community Youth Assistance, and Henry Ford Hospital.
Wes is a Freemason and currently serves as a Trustee of the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation. He also volunteers with a community group that provides wheelchair ramps to those in need. He's a graduate of Oakland Technical Center, having completed their Floriculture & Agriscience Program.
A dog lover, Wes enjoys fishing, and is constantly humbled by his golf game. He and his
wife Mia have four sons and have been married for 30 years. They reside in West Bloomfield, Michigan.