Wayde King, CEO, Acrylic Tank Manufacturing
Wayde King's love of fish began at an early age. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Wayde has early memories of his mother and biological father, who was a fish dealer, and the multiple tanks they had in the basement of his home. At 14, he was cleaning aquariums in Long Island with his stepfather, Shelly, and over a decade later, he moved to Vegas to work for another company where he built and sold aquariums. The move to Vegas led to the building of a tank for a family that possessed the only thing he loves more than fish: his wife, Heather. Heather's father, Irwin, recognized Wayde's zeal for fish and partnered with Wayde to help him hone his expertise of tanks and fish and grow both into a successful business.
Today, Wayde is living his dream designing and manufacturing some of the largest and most extravagant acrylic tanks in the world. But this isn't just a business, it's a family adventure. By Wayde's side are his wife, his brother-in-law and chief operating officer, Brett, and his father-in-law. Working with family has been very challenging, but Wayde is happy to share the stress and success with the people he loves the most.
Wayde's love of animals doesn't stop at fish. In fact, it's hard for Wayde to name an animal he doesn't love. At home he has a Victorian bull dog named Prada and a Presa Canario named Rolex. At the office, two tabby cats and four large macaws roam freely throughout the warehouse. When Wayde is not working, he often is found scuba diving in his free time. On Wayde and Heather's honeymoon, they went scuba diving in Hawaii and on their second anniversary they went scuba diving in Mexico. When it comes to fish, Wayde is an expert and a perfectionist. With more than 34 years in the business, his goal is to not only keep the customer happy, but the fish as well. Wayde's passion and persistence have brought the business to new heights, and he hopes one day his daughters will be able to enjoy working in the legacy he's created.