Ed Wile

Part-time Kiawah resident Ed Wile is the author of "Mean to Meaningful." Provided

A part-time Kiawah Island resident who published a memoir about how he overcame a hardscrabble Ohio childhood and other obstacles to succeed as a businessman, family man, mentor and a philanthropist is holding a book signing Thursday.

Ed Wile, a board trustee and former football player at Wofford College, is author of “Mean to Meaningful.” He said the self-published book “chronicles the metamorphosis of an angry, violence-prone teenager into a successful businessman.” It also “describes how a beautiful young woman and a few priceless ‘God winks’ helped him become a respectable husband, father and leader.”

Wile will sign copies of the book from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Kiawah Island Community Association Administration Building at 23 Beachwalker Drive.

After graduating from Wofford, Wiles earned a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University and completed the Certified Investment Management Analyst program through the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania.

He retired in 2014 as a senior executive at UBS, after a 31-year career in the financial industry. He and wife Vickey live on Kiawah and in Atlanta

Wile said all proceeds from "Mean to Meaningful" will be donated to Wofford to help student-athletes in need of financial assistance.

“I am doing this for them because someone did it for me and it changed lives,” he said.

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