Wayne Bolla, Chairman
Wayne grew up in a Navy family attending 10 different schools by the time he had left the ninth grade. He graduated from St. Viator High School in Chicago and went on to earn a BS in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering from Marquette University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Loyola University in Chicago.
Wayne started his working career designing and marketing large fire suppression systems at Cardox Corp. in Chicago. He then joined the Illinois Central Railroad in Chicago after graduate school where he managed an internal consulting group tasked with modernizing the railroad’s physical plant and operations. He eventually took his consulting group, The Planning Section, Inc. public, completing projects for several major railroads, transit authorities, and steel mills.
In 1986 he joined CSX in Jacksonville, Florida and retired after over 30 years of railroading in 2004. While at CSX he held managerial positions in the Mechanical, Engineering, Operations, Marketing, and Real Estate departments. He successfully ran for a seat on the Clay County School Board in 2004. Wayne has been active in Republican politics and is presently the Precinct 118 Committeeman of the Clay County Republican Executive Committee. He is also a past President of the Clay County Republican Men’s Club.
Wayne left Clay County for a while in 2008 to pursue a lifelong dream on a four year voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and around the Mediterranean aboard his 44 foot steel cutter, Pipedream, that he built in his back yard. He and his son, Chris crossed the Atlantic together, Wayne’s wife, Mary, and his daughter, Katie, traveled throughout Mediterranean Europe with him as their schedules allowed. He returned to Clay County in March of 2012 where he resides with his wife Mary.
Wayne met his wife, Mary, while she was the Director of Admissions at Valparaiso University in Indiana. They married in 1985 and moved to Clay County in 1989 where Wayne joined CSX and Mary became the Director of Admissions at UNF. Mary started a second career and is currently a fifth grade teacher at Argyle Elementary School. She is a former teacher of the year at both Argyle and W.E. Cherry Elementary schools. Mary and Wayne have two grown children Katie and Chris both graduates of Ridgeview High School and by the grace of the Florida Prepaid College Tuition Program, Katie graduated from UCF, and Chris received his degree from UNF.
Mary and Wayne attend Advent Lutheran Church where Mary is an assistant minister.
2015/2016 Committee Assignments
- Chairman, Finance & Audit Committee
- North Florida Transportation Planning Organization