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Advertising executive

William Ernest Waites, American Advertising executive. Served to captain United States Air Force, 1957-1960. Member Advertising Federation Southwest Florida (board directors), Florida Direct Marketing Association, Southwest Florida Attractions Association (board directors), Lee County Hotel MotelAssn., Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Florida Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fort. Myers Chamber of Commerce, Lambda Chi Alpha.


Waites, William Ernest was born on December 14, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of William Ernest and Jean (Bryant) Waites.


Bachelor, Michigan State University, 1956.


Senior vice president, creative director Young & Rubicam, Detroit, 1973-1977, managing director Adelaide, Australia, 1977-1979, senior vice president, director creative services Chicago, 1979-1981. Vice chairman, chief creative officer Stone & Adler, 1981-1983. Senior vice president, group creative director Ogilvy & Mather, 1983-1989.

President Huryup & Waites Creative Consultant, Fort Myers, Florida, 1989-1994. Chairman The Spiro Group, Inc., 1994-2004, Double W. Ltd., Taos, New Mexico, 1989-1995, The Waites Group, since 1989. Co-owner Aboriginals: Art of the First Person, 1990-2006, Sanibel, Fort Myers, Florida, since 2006.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board trustees Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. Board directors Lee County Alliance of Arts. Captain United States Air Force, 1957-1960.

Member Advertising Federation Southwest Florida (past president), Southwest Florida Attractions Association, Sanibel-Captiva Islands C. of Chamber (board directors since 2004), Indiana Arts & Craft Associate, South Associate Indian Art, Lambda Chi Alpha.


Married Susanne Pinkett, January 5, 1957. Children: Bryant Andrew, Randel Schumann.

William Ernest Waites

Jean (Bryant) Waites

Susanne Pinkett

Randel Schumann Waites

Bryant Andrew Waites