Malcolm S. Wade, Jr. is Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development of U.S. Sugar. He has been employed by the company for more than 33 years and has been a member of the senior management team for over 25 years. Wade, a Certified Public Accountant, joined the company as Director of Internal Audit in 1982 and subsequently was named Director, Vice President and Senior Vice President of the Administrative Service Group and Senior Vice President of Sugar Operations.
For more than 25 years, Wade has been involved in developing and overseeing the company’s environmental responsibilities. Through his appointments by two governors and the South Florida Water Management District to working on groups on South Florida environmental issues, Wade has helped shape public policy regarding Everglades restoration.
In March 2005, then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Wade to a four-year term on the South Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board, a position he resigned from in 2008 due to the state’s proposed acquisition of U.S. Sugar. Previously, Wade was a member of the team representing South Florida farmers that spent more than a year negotiating with the Interior and Justice Departments, the state of Florida and the South Florida Water Management District to resolve legal disputes over Everglades restoration. He represented farmers on the technical mediation committee that crafted the Technical
Mediate Plan for Everglades Restoration, which was adopted by the Florida Legislature in the spring of 1994.
Wade was appointed by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles to the Governor’s Commission for a Sustainable South Florida, which worked for four years to establish a consensus plan for Everglades restoration. The work of the commission became the framework for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) approved by Congress that is currently being implemented throughout South Florida.
Wade’s work on restoration issues continued with his appointment by then-Gov. Jeb Bush to the Governor’s Commission for the Everglades. He is a past member and Co-Chair of the South Florida Water Management District Water Resource Advisory Commission (WRAC) as well as a past member of the district’s Lower East Coast Water Supply Planning Committee and the Budget Review commission. In addition, Wade served on the South Florida Agricultural Council Water Commission and the Caloosahatchee Water Management Advisory Committee and is currently the Chairman of the Everglades Agricultural Area Environmental Protection District.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., wade grew up in Miami and is a graduate of Christophe Columbus Catholic High School. He received his B.S. in accounting from Florida State University in 1976, and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1979 and a Certified Internal Auditor in 1984.
Wade is a member of the Leadership Florida XII (1993-94). He and his wife, Jennifer Matthews Wade, live in Clewiston, Fla., and have one grown daughter, Morgan Christine Lang, and two grandchildren.