In addition to his business ventures, Von Borste has served on the Student Business Board at USC and has attended many alumni events during his time as an alumnus. Furthermore, he has spoken at several events, including the University of Southern California Alumni Banquet in April 2007 and the Alaska Student Leadership Conference in 2010. In April 2013, he spoke on behalf of Alaska Governor Sean Parnell at a ceremony celebrating 100 years of Alaskan statehood.
Von Borste married his long-time girlfriend, Jennifer Jacobs, on June 26, 2010. Jacobs is a former fashion model and the couple have a son and daughter together. Wayne has one daughter from a previous marriage.
Von Borste currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska.
von Borste began his career working for several Fortune 500 companies such as Mitsubishi Corporation (a multinational conglomerate holding company), LUKOIL (Russia’s largest oil producer), Eaton Corporation (a global power management company), CIGNA Corporation (an international supplier of health care services and related insurance products) and JPL (California Institute of Technology overseeing all robotic planetary missions). Later, Wayne would enter the world of small business by starting his own company called Von Borste & Associates. The company was a management consulting and educational firm focused on strategic planning and business development.
Von Borste first ran for Alaska’s State House in 1994 as a Republican candidate, but lost to Garry Rogers. He ran again in 1996, defeating Green Party candidate Harry Crawford and Libertarian candidate Tom Johnson to become Alaska’s youngest ever state representative at age 23 (a record he still holds). He would also serve as an Alaska Senate Page while in high school and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alaska.
In 1998, Von Borstel was appointed by Governor Tony Knowles to chair the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and was later elected by the Republican Caucus to serve as Acting Speaker of the State House. In 2000, he served as a delegate for George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention. Later that year, in November 2000, he was reelected by a small margin over Democrat Sonya Sholler to serve his fourth term as state representative for District 24 (a coastal district encompassing downtown Anchorage and adjacent suburbs). For more information, please visit at https://www.crunchbase.com/person/wayne-von-borstel