Wile In The News


Vickey and Ed wile TV interview on ABC Low Country Live

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‘Mean to Meaningful’ follows life from anger to prosperity

They called him “Mean Wile” in school, and Ed Wile ’73 liked it that way. As a young man being raised in a poor household by a workaholic, single mother, anger raged inside him. Despite that anger, and his bullying reputation, Wile was a star athlete whose high school coach convinced him that attending college on a football scholarship was his best way out.

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‘Mean’ Wile tells his story

Born in Wooster to parents who were very young and married soon after Wile’s mother discovered she was pregnant, he grew up in a series of shabby apartments near the downtown. His father left his mother when Wile was still in diapers and his sister, Diana, was just a newborn. His mother worked long hours as a waitress and often left her children with her mother, one of Wile’s earliest good influences. 

So how did a kid with little supervision and a mean streak turn out to be a successful businessman and an attentive husband and father? Wile gives credit to the people who helped him become a star athlete, encouraged him to go to college and saw a good man lurking behind the tough facade. 

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Kiawah homeowner, Wofford grad to sign copies of memoir

A part-time Kiawah Island resident who published a memoir about how he overcame a hardscrabble Ohio childhood and other obstacles to succeed as a businessman, family man, mentor and a philanthropist is holding a book signing Thursday.

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Buckhead resident pens memoir on transformation

You wouldn’t know it from looking at him today, but in his late teens and early 20s, Edward Wile was one of the meanest people you could encounter. “I walked in places and just was a crazy kid, a few cards short of a full deck,” said Wile, a part-time Buckhead resident who also lives on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. “I would punch people out if they said something or looked at me funny. I was just out of control.”

Wile, who retired three years ago from a successful career as an investment consultant with UBS Financial Services Inc. in Atlanta, in July self-published “Mean to Meaningful,” a memoir (Amazon, $21.99). It recounts a life that started with his upbringing as a poor kid in the small town of Wooster, Ohio, and has continued today as a man who, along with his wife Vickey, has endowed several scholarships at Wofford College, his alma mater. It’s a long way from his childhood.

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