STANDARD BEARER, UNITED PEOPLE’S PARTY – 2017
By TQ Harris
Mac Wento was born December 13, 1967, at the Maternity Center in Monrovia. He is the second of 10 children. His father, Alexander G. Wento, Sr. – a founding member of the Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL), the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the United People’s Party (UPP) – is from John David Town, Putu Statutory District, Grand Gedeh County. His mother, Madam Theresa Nyenswah, is from Greenville City, Sinoe County. Mac Wento is father of eight children and married to Michelle Dennis. In the past 10 years, Mac has added 8 businesses to the Liberian economy with a potential to provide some 5,000 job opportunities. At present, he has more than 1,500 employees. Mac Wento has three concession agreements with the Liberian government, making him second to no other Liberian concessionaire in the country. Two of the concessions―International Consultant Capital and Geblo Lodging Inc. are for 25 years each. And Mac holds majority share in the New Millennium Oil & Gas Company, which has a 50-year concession life span. These concessions are offering Liberians income opportunities in Nimba, Sinoe, Rivercess, Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh, and Montserrado counties.
In 2007, Mac Wento founded the Liberia Wood Industry, a Sawmill based in Brewerville, Montserrado County, which launched several of his companies on a successful course. Some of these companies are: International Construction Enterprise, founded 2013; the Liberia Tropical Wood Industry – a European-Liberian finished wood and metal products – established 2015; and the Infinite Oil and Gas Service Provider, started in 2014. Presently, Mac is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NIMACKS, a venture capital management company, based in Monrovia. Mac is a trained Investment Banker. In 1991, he successfully completed professional training in Currency Trading at International Consultant Capital in Madrid, Spain. As a currency trader in creative finance, Mac worked for International Consultant Capital in Zug, Switzerland. In 1992 and 1993, Mac Wento received advanced training in Banking, Finance and Leadership in Zug, Switzerland. An entrepreneur by nature, Mac in 1994, established and operated Wedge Impex, a sole proprietorship, which imported and exported various commodities between Spain and Africa. Later, in 1996, he became Director of Trade and Investment for International Consultant Capital. In this role, Mac managed 120 professional currency traders. In 2000, Mac Wento served as Managing Director of Inforex in Ancona, Italy, where he managed a currency trading portfolio and credit line of nearly three billion United States Dollars.
Mac is also a grassroots organizer and a dedicated member of the progressive camp in Liberian politics. He is the founding Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). In 2014, Mac studied Governance, Government and Leadership at COSTRA, Accra, Ghana. Mac Wento is a Christian and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bethel World Outreach Ministries. In 2006, he established the Wento Foundation, which at present provides scholarships to more than 200 Liberian students pursuing studies in various disciplines at institutions in Liberia. Mac speaks five international languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French and German. He has traveled to more than 100 capitals around the world. In August 2016, Mac Wento returned to his political roots, the United People’s Party. And on October 1, 2016, he was elected Standard Bearer at the 5th National Party Congress of the United People’s Party to contest the Liberian Presidency in 2017.