Monday, April 28, 2008

Wayne T. Smith - Bio of the Week

Wayne T. Smith is the co-founder and C.O.O. of New Zealand-based Orca Technologies, where he oversees new product development and manufacture of underwater repellent devices. He is also founder and president of Scientific Divers Limited of New Zealand, a company that develops and produces underwater signaling devices for Scuba divers.

Smith is an inventor and engineer who holds a patent on the Buddycall®, Scientific Divers primary product ( He is also the lead researcher and designer of the Orca®, the new shark repellent device for Orca Technologies. In addition, he has worked for more than 35 years in the film industry designing, art directing and creating special effects for some of the industry’s biggest companies and senior directors.

Smith is also owner/manager of the Art Ranch Limited NZ, a company specializing in production design of T.V. commercials for the US and New Zealand markets.

Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Wayne is now based in Auckland New Zealand, a country he first visited in 1992 aboard his 40-foot sailboat while on a sailing adventure where he crossed the Pacific Ocean. Having fallen in love with New Zealand, and has lived there ever since.
An active Scuba diver who's been diving for more than 40 years, he’s also a fanatical fly fisherman who enjoys diving, fly fishing and mountain biking with his two sons.

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