Harold R. Wing
President and CEO, Wing Enterprises, Inc.
The Individual as the Human Resource
Harold R. Wing was born in Springville, Utah on March 5, 1940. He attended Utah public schools, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. He served in the United States Army in Germany from 1958 though 1961. While there, he met and married German native Brigitte Mayer. Together they raised seven children.
After his military service, Mr. Wing worked on the Production and Quality Control staff of Munz Aluminum Giesserei GmbH in Heilbronn, Germany. He served as a translator and coordinator for the U.S. Government and taught English at the Berlitz language institute in Heilbronn.
Returning from Germany, Mr. Wing joined the production control staff of Hercules, Inc. in Salt Lake City where he served for five years. He also began selling life insurance for Beneficial Life Insurance Company. In 1970, he moved to Beneficial Life’s West Germany agency. Mr. Wing outperformed all other agents combined and within eighteen months his creative sales methods led the West Germany Agency to be named ‘Agency of the Year’.
It was at that time that Mr. Wing became acquainted with a German inventor and his telescoping combination step and extension ladder. Immediately recognizing the potential of this new product, Mr. Wing obtained the marketing and manufacturing rights for North America and brought the ladder to the United States. He single-handedly sold over a half-million dollars of product the first year.
From modest beginnings in his family carport, Mr. Wing has stimulated and directed the growth of Wing Enterprises, Inc. into an international, multi-million dollar manufacturing and marketing corporation. He has patented seven improvements on the original ladder and successfully marketed three special purpose ladders, a scaffolding system, and a number of ladder accessories. Today, Wing Enterprises, Inc. is housed in a modern manufacturing facility in Springville, Utah.
Mr. Wing is an avid sportsman, he enjoys dirt biking, riding horses, boating, and basically anything that moves fast. While snowmobiling, he observed that emergencies can and do arise that necessitate walking through deep snow. He immediately began to develop, patent, and market a new product, Powderwings; a compactable snowshoe that fits into a fanny pack. Mr. Wing conceived of a mono snowmobile, the Polar Blast, which is under development.
Wing Enterprises, Inc. developed, patented, and manufactured the successful Quick Draw Hitching Systems. In 1999, West Wing Contractors, a construction company specializing in entry-level and mid-range priced homes was established. Mr. Wing owns Allsize Storage, a three million dollar storage complex, rental property, an 88-acre horse ranch in Fairview, a 54-acre farm located in Palmyra, and a farm in Springville’s western agricultural area.
Mr. Wing is very active in church, civic affairs, and serves on the board of directors of a number of corporations. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Men of Achievement, and was selected as a candidate for the 1982 Freedom Festival Man of the Year Award. In 1986, Mr. Wing was invited to serve as a representative at President Reagan’s White House Conference of Small Businesses in Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Wing served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1991 to 1992 in Munich, Germany and two missions at the LDS Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. He has recently worked as a temple worker at the Provo and Salt Lake LDS temples. Mr. Wing was elected mayor of Springville, Utah in 1997. He has also served on the panel of the Mountainland Association of Government Regional Review Committee and is currently on the local Wells Fargo board.
His most recent achievements include:
• The National Republican Congressional Committee’s Business Advisory Council 2003 Businessman of the Year
• 2003 Finalist (yet to be determined) for Entrepreneur of the Year
• Brigham Young University Speaker of the Decade
• Honorary BA degree in Business Administration from Stevens Henager College