He has spent much of that time as Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Kapson Senior Quarters Corp. (later called Atria), an assisted living and memory care provider, which went from being a small privately held business to a public company subsequently bought out by a Wall Street investment bank and then taken private again. Wayne was instrumental in building, operating, and swiftly growing the diversified Kapson business into a pioneering, tight niche, profitable entity with 15 locations, 1,000 employees, and an industry-wide reputation for quality and the creation of best practices. At Premier Senior Living, Wayne focuses on the optimization of the day-to-day operations of the company to promote revenue, profitability, and growth. As such, he oversees the company’s operations to ensure efficiency, quality, service and cost-effective management of resources.
Wayne was appointed by the Governor of New York to the New York State Life Care (Continuing Care Retirement) Community Council, and currently sits on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL). Wayne is also an Associate Member of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), sat on the board of the Argentum, and was a founding Board Member of both the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) and the New Jersey Assisted Living Association (NJALA).
Wayne was appointed to the New York State 1995 Governor’s Conference on Aging by the New York State Office for the Aging to develop New York State’s platform for the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. He has also been appointed as a receiver by the N.Y.S. Supreme Court for an unaffiliated third party’s assisted living facility in a mortgage foreclosure action, and has been a featured speaker at international, national, regional and local senior housing forums, including the United Nations International Conference on Urban Senior Housing, The New York State Bar Association, the Assisted Living Federation of America, the National Association of Senior Living Industries, the Connecticut Assisted Living Association, the City Club of New York, the International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE), on the WABC TV show in New York City entitled Seniors, on the WLIE Talk Radio show – “Seniors on the Move,” and as a panelist on a webinar – “Creating Growth through Value-Add and Repositioning Seniors Housing” sponsored by Senior Care Investor and Red Capital.
In addition, Wayne has been featured in and written articles for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Newsday, the New York Law Journal, the New York Real Estate Journal, Provider Magazine, Assisted Living Today, Spectrum Magazine, and Multi-Housing News.
Wayne received his law degree from the George Washington University School of Law and also received his undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Rhode Island.