About Jeff Wise
Jeff Wise moved from Columbus to Charlotte 13 years ago. In the fall of 1998 he landed a job with FreemanWhite and has worked there ever since. His wife is a middle school band director in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Together they have an almost 4-year old son.
FreemanWhite is the nation’s 10th oldest architectural firm, started by Charles Hook in 1892. Hook and his son Walter are responsible for some of Charlotte’s most notable landmarks including the Duke Mansion, the Van Landingham estate and Fire Station #6. For the past 20-some years, the firm has specialized in healthcare architecture. Jeff is the Director of Information Services for the firm. If it involves technology or information, he is responsible for its proper and efficient functioning for the firm’s 120 employees. During his tenure at FreemanWhite, Jeff and his staff have consistently received accolades for their ability to communicate, innovate and maintain the firm’s technology resources. He has managed logistics for infrastructure and technology for over a dozen office openings or moves. He has experience managing budgets in good times and in recessions where he’s had to do more with less.
In the fall of 2005, Jeff was a part of the inaugural Cultural Leadership Training program that is run by the Arts & Science Council. After completing the program, Jeff was nominated to the Board of Directors for The Light Factory – one of only 4 film and photography museums in the country. A little over a year ago, Jeff was named chairman of the Education Committee for The Light Factory.
Jeff spent six years marching with the Canton Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps and few more years helping the corps on the administrative side. He met his wife through the corps. For much of the past 13 years Jeff has assisted with area award-winning marching bands and the last 3 years he has adjudicated a number of marching band contests throughout the state.
Jeff graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism and has completed coursework for a Master's in Arts Administration from Winthrop University and still has his thesis to complete.