Our CEO, Rufus L. Wilson Sr.
Mr. Rufus L. Wilson is a native of Avon Park, Florida and graduated from Avon Park High School in 1978, as an All-American football player. Mr. Wilson accepted a full athletic scholarship to attend Bethune-Cookman College where he served as captain and a star running back for the Bethune-Cookman College Wildcats. Upon receiving his degree in Physical Education in 1983 from Bethune-Cookman College, Mr. Wilson signed a free agent contract with the Houston Oilers (now known as the Tennessee Titans) of the National Football League. Mr. Wilson later played for the Pittsburgh Maulers of the USFL. After his career in the National Football League, Mr. Wilson served as a coach, mentor, foster parent, and motivational speaker.
To date Mr. Wilson is continuing his 25 year career in the United States Postal Service and has ventured into other endeavors to give back to his alma mater and community. In 2008, Mr. Wilson founded the Wilson Foundation, which provides scholarships annually to deserving high school seniors from schools in Daytona Beach and in Highlands and Alachua Counties. The Wilson Foundation Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to attend the institutions of their choice upon graduation from high school. The Wanda and Janice Wilson Foundation was created to establish pathways of educational opportunities for deserving students to achieve their goal of a college education. The foundation was founded in honor of his late mother, who championed the cause of providing opportunities for young people. In 2014, his wife Janice Marie Wilson, of over three decades passed away. Mrs. Wilson was an educator, loving wife and mother, mentor, and inspiration to many.
The Wanda and Janice Wilson foundation was molded to fit the vision of these two exceptional women. The legacy which was started with these two trailblazing Wilson women, now continues and evolves under the leadership of Mr. Wilson, the torchbearer, leading with the Wilson family, and their commitment to champion the Legacy.