De’Andre B. Wells SGT. US Army (Ret.) Hometown: East Lansing, MI.
2021 Graduate CVS Health & Roger Williams University Executive Learning Series RMI of Maryland 2022 Champion of Manufacturing (DEI) 5G-IP
RMI of Maryland 2020 Champion of Manufacturing Baltimore Business Journals 2016 40 under 40 honoree
National Small Business Leadership Council Member Executive Board Member Academy of United States Veterans (AUSV)
He was not bred to be a high school graduate, yet he is. A decorated military contribution was never a path planned and paved, yet he walked the road and emerged on the other end. Being a family man, a loving father of four, this was not in the cards for him. Yet, again, Mr. Wells has triumphed. His success is not luck. Stars never aligned for him, his road was not structured with yellow bricks, and his spoon was not silver. Instead, he reached for the stars and put them where they needed to be. He got his hands dirty and craved out every road forward. He forged the spoon which he used to feed himself and his loved ones. De’Andre Wells manufactured his success and remains confident that success is a certainty in any endeavor that beckons his indulgence. De'Andre is founder and CEO of AGX GROUP. In his adolescent years, Mr. Wells was raised in an environment of uncertainty: safety and survival were far from day-to-day mainstays. Yet, despite the hardship of home life, Mr. Wells was diligent in his desire to find the type of excellence that most young men could not fathom. Many people peak in high school, maximizing their potential as contributing member to societal growth.
For Mr. Wells, however, despite his unequivocal effort to succeed, he had not yet reached his full potential. The choice Mr. Wells made to serve his country exemplified his unparalleled selflessness. Again, regardless of the difficulty of the task, he succeeded. Boots on the ground, hand-to-hand combat, every minute during Operation Iraqi Freedom he sacrificed his life for millions of people he would never meet. Written words cannot do justice to the atrocities a man faces at war and the burden he hauls for the remainder of his days. Nonetheless, Mr. Wells has emerged comparatively unscathed and with more desire to maximize his contribution to society. De’Andre Wells has defied odds in many facets of life. Regardless of the obstacle, he has found success.
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Public and Private Relations: Acquisitions, Broadband Communications, C5ISR, Global Logistician, Innovator, Education Sales, and Asset Management. RMI of Maryland, 2021 and 2022, Champion of Manufacturing Honoree. We are Engineering solutions for our Nation’s toughest challenges!
SGT. Wells US Army (Ret.) served as an NCO in the US Army, 5th Special Forces Group, where he completed three tours of combat duty during the global war on terrorism and served as an ODA team member during the heated 2004 "Battle of An Najaf." SGT. Wells sits on the Advisory Board for NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), a leading global youth entrepreneurship education organization. He is the NFTE Baltimore (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), 2021 Volunteer of the year awardee, a Baltimore Business Journal 2016 40 under 40 honorees, 2021 graduate of CVS Health & Roger Williams University Executive Learning Series for diverse suppliers, an Executive Board Member at The Academy of United States Veterans (AUSV) and a National Small Business Leadership Council member.
As an (NSBA) Leadership Council Member, Wells represents his congressional district as a point of contact with Members of Congress on small business issues, NSBA Leadership Council plays a critical role in our grassroots advocacy in the areas of the local and federal government, private sector strategy formation and execution, Technology and Innovation, Taxation, Economic Development, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, and Health and Human Resources. His work focuses on links between policy, technology, socioeconomics, and decision-making, especially in community resilience, disaster mitigation and response, and cybersecurity. Wells also serves on the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) Curriculum Committee. The Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) is sponsored by the MCCC and Lockheed Martin.
A comprehensive training and certification program that helps veteran-owned businesses strengthen their ability to win government contracts and do business with both military and civilian agencies. VIP is conducted by professional subject-matter experts in the essentials necessary to win Public and Private contracts: law, Import/export merchant sales, accounting, insurance, human resources, marketing, and proposals.
At the height of Covid 19, SGT Wells was elected by his peers to lead a team of subject matter experts from around the Globe in 5G infrastructure, engineering, manufacturing, 3D printing, infection control, industrial and experience design, and healthcare. In Collaboration with Challenge America, The VHA Innovation Ecosystem, and Make America, this team will be designing and developing innovative solutions to address First Responder's challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. He is one of the nation's driving forces and spokespersons behind the bold redesign of the VA Health Care System that is focused on empowering and equipping our nation's service members to take charge of their health and well-being. Wells holds a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from Bethel University: a 2017 graduate, and the recipient of awards, from Purdue University's Executive MBA/EBV program and the EBV National Foundation grant. He was selected from a strong pool of applicants to be one of 35 participants to be admitted into the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University for the class beginning in February 2019.