home of the wildcats
Current address:113 Starlight Drive, Natchitockes, LA 71457
(has been in Louisana since April 2015)
After graduating from Mercer University in 1963, I joined the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer. After my honorable discharge in 1967 I moved to Philadelphia and worked as a Consultant with Ashley-Blake Management Services. I really missed my home town of Atlanta and returned in 1971 to head up Rich’s Management Orientation Program. Recruited away by a former client in late 1973, I moved to Jacksonville to become Manager of Manpower Development and Training for Unijax -a distribution company. Again I was recruited away to become Manager of Management Dev elopement for Red Lobster Inns which was then starting their country wide expansion. I returned to Atlanta in 1974 to work for The Upjohn Company as Southeast Regional Human Resources Manager for a new medical laboratory services division. Upjohn closed their Atlanta facility at the end of 1979 and I joined Cotton States Insurance Companies as Manager of Compensation, later adding Manager of Training to my responsibilities. A corporate staff reduction in 1985 prompted me to establish Payne Warren, Inc., a human resources consulting firm with Dale T. Warren. When Dale died in 2002, I added CEO to my title. During those same years I worked as a Senior Consulting Manager with Right Associates and as a Senior HRD Specialist and Grievance Hearing Officer with Georgia Tech and IBM for the 1996 Olympic Games. In 1992 we founded Community Resource Network, Inc. to provide training and strategic planning services for non-profit, community-based groups and organizations and for the City of Atlanta during 4 administrations (still doing that now). I am Vice Chair of Atlanta’s Zoning Review Board, Chair of South East Atlanta Business Association (SEABA), a member of the Elected Officials Compensation Commission (was former Chair). Have lived in Ormewood Park since 1986, moving here from Virginia Highlands where I lived for ten (10) years. I have a beautiful home that has been on garden and home tours and a center for community and political activities.
My interests in music and theatre continued long after high school. I’ve enjoyed leading roles in little theatre productions of The King & I, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Call Me Madam.
David Payne - wrote in Jan. 2017
For me the past 2 years has major transition. Came to Natchitoches in April 2015 to visit family. Upon arrival I had a stroke. Five (5) days in the local hospital and then 100 days in a re-hab facility. While there my rental house in DeKalb County, GA was burglarized. However, I was not told of that for several weeks (“didn’t want to stress me more”). Family and friends stripped the house and put all into storage. I then decided to move to this historic community in Northwest Louisiana and bought a little house (one floor, 2/2, 1200 ft. sq., ½ of a duplex in a nice retirement community with wonderful neighbors). Since then, I’ve had two (2) seizures and sent to another hospital (horrible!) for a week. Was restricted from driving for six months, got back my wheels last September. Physically - I’m recovering well; mentally – not so much: PTSD has kicked in and I’m having difficulty dealing with that. Good therapists at VA are nice. Two seizures almost shut down my abilities to talk well, and having a good conversation is very difficult – I can think of something to say, but it just doesn’t get down to my voice box. Folks here enjoy talking all the time and I’m often embarrassed to get out and mingle. Church members (Natchitoches First Methodist) are understanding and kind, but they still want to talk!
My family here is WONDERFUL! I am missing friends and the Atlanta community, but I’m thinking this change has some new purpose in my life.
Russell High Class of 1959