A former Chief Operating Officer of a distribution and inventory management firm, Mel Hawkins has also served as a juvenile probation officer, Court Executive of a unified trial court, manager of a multi-specialty group medical practice, management and leadership consultant, and a small business owner. This experience has given Mr. Hawkins a unique perspective, one that has served him well as an innovator and problem-solver.

Educated at Manchester College where he received a BA degree, the author has also earned a Master of Science in Education (Psychology) from the University of Saint Francis and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University.

Mel resides with his wife in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mel and Chris have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Active in his community, Mr. Hawkins attended Leadership Fort Wayne; has served as president and member of the Board of Managers of Byron Health Center, a 500-bed long term care facility; was a co-founder and board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne; co-founder, board member, and former president of the South Side Business Group of Fort Wayne and Allen County. Mel has also served on the board of the Martin Luther King Montessori School, the Alumni Board of Leadership Fort Wayne, and as co-chair of the legislative committee of the Indiana Correctional Association.

Mel is the author of four books:

Radical Surgery: Reconstructing the American Health Care System
The Difference is You: Power Through Positive Leadership
Light and Transient Causes, a novel
Reinventing Education, Hope, and the American Dream: The Challenge For Twenty-First Century America

And, also the author of two blogs:

Education, Hope, and the American Dream

The Positive Leadership Blog

In the last ten years Mel has been allocating and ever-increasing portion of his time to writing. An experienced public speaker, Mel looks forward to the opportunity to promote one of his books.