Cooperstown Bible Camp
Men’s Retreat (March 3-5, 2017)
Mel will be sharing Biblical truths and a lifetime of
personal insights for deliberate, purposeful living.
Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and
customs of this world, but let God transform you into
a new person by changing the way you think. Then
you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is
good and pleasing and perfect.
We will explore the Five Foundational Principles of
Integrity-Based Success1, using the Mackinac bridge
as a memorable metaphor to reinforce Biblical truth.
These timeless principles apply equally in both our
personal lives and our business lives – at home and at
work. Are you a leader? Look to your character and
conscience for evidence. Are you a man of integrity?
Look to your track record for honesty and
trustworthiness. Leadership is the net sum of character
and conscience. Personal integrity is the net sum of
honesty and trustworthiness.
1From his book Building Bridges:
Today’s Decisions – Gateway to Your Future
A former telecommunications and energy company
executive, Mel Nelson brings 40 years of leadership and
organizational development experience to the table –
including 15 years as an executive consultant.
As Founder (2002), President and CEO of Executive
Management Systems, Mel works with owners, CEOs and
leadership teams developing cultures of integrity and
trust. The primary focus of his business is CEO
development – developing the leadership mindset, skill set
and culture to propel the enterprise forward. Mel has
spoken to international audiences on a wide variety of
leadership topics and has recently given keynote addresses
on the topic of “Integrity-based Success.”
Mel and his wife Cia met at Cooperstown Bible Camp the
year he graduated from high school. He worked as a counselor, lifeguard and drove bus. Cia was a
high school sophomore. Two years later, Cia enrolled at NDSU, and two years later they were married.
She serves today on the CBC board as vice chair and as chair of the governance committee. They
have four children – all alums of CBC – and 9 grandchildren.