When I was working on the mission statement for Hugh's News it took me a long time to write what would be pleasing to God and that would accurately describe the mission God has for Hugh's News and Commentary. Let me share that mission statement with you once again:
“The electronic flagship of communications serving IPHC Ministries and the Body of Christ world-wide.”
The Scripture Mission statement is recorded in the Book of Daniel:
“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3, KJV).
It was shortly after Dr. Ronald W. Carpenter, Sr. was elected General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, that he spoke a prophetic word about the importance of Hugh's News to the members of the Board of Trustees of Emmanuel College during the Feast of Ingathering, and how Hugh's News could be of value in the promotion of the college. I learned of that word from just one man—Bill Cox of Greenville, SC, and who is owner of Martus Solutions and is vice chairman of the board of trustees of Emmanuel College.
Bill approached me about it. He said, “Bishop Ronald Carpenter, Sr. spoke a good word about Hugh's News today in our board meeting and how it might be beneficial to Emmanuel College.”
Bill said, “Dr. Morgan, I am a subscriber to Hugh's News and read every issue. I would like to tell you the truth, your writing is excellent, but the format of your newsletter and the website has a lot to be desired.”
I knew he was telling me the truth and I was not offended. I knew I needed help. His positive word came at a crucial moment in the history of Hugh's News. God had already spoken to me about three things He was going to do in my life, and one of them was sending professional people into my life who could solve the problems I was encountering with the newsletter He had given me to publish.
Bill said, “I think I can help you. I have a team of professionals who can design a new website and newsletter for you.” He said he would talk with his team and get back with me. That team was Seth Cain and Mel Tinney. As I recall Seth Cain designed the website and newsletter format in collaboration with Mel Tinney. Bill Cox offered a contract that was hard to turn down. His team would design the website and newsletter format in exchange for the publicity concerning Martus Solutions' offer to help churches with computerized financial bookkeeping resources and solutions in every newsletter. It cost me nothing, but I am sure what they did might be valued at over $3,000. It is first class in every way and something I am rightfully proud of. Mel Tinney worked out the contract with the new design with my input. It was a win/win contract for Hugh's News and Martus Solutions.
In order to express my gratitude, I drove to Greenville to meet with Bill Cox, Seth Cain and Mel Tinney. It was during the Christmas season when we all met at Bill's office. I invited them to eat lunch with me and we went out to a nice restaurant they chose, and I gave them each a brand new $100 bill as a gift from Hugh's News in appreciation for their excellent work, and paid for their lunch.
Let me tell you now about Mel Tinney and why I have felt led of the Holy Spirit to name him the 2016 Hugh's News Man of the Year.
Mel Tinney is a senior sales, marketing and business development executive with over 18 years of experience in technology-driven environments including over 10 years of experience with Fortune 100® companies. He has strong, sales, marketing, management, presentation, teaching and cross-functional team building skills.
Mel possesses outstanding oral and written communication skills and has demonstrated the ability to communicate, and manage relationships with senior level business executives.
Mel was recruited by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as a senior international marketing manager. At the time Digital was the world's second-largest computer maker with annual revenues of 14 billion dollars. During his tenure with Digital Mel managed business segment expense budgets exceeding one million dollars annually. He negotiated sales and marketing agreements with resellers from Australia, Israel, the U.K., Sweden, Japan and the United States.
Mel produced business plans for joint ventures with several DEC partners. Most resulted in million-dollar plus commitments to fund the associated projects. He co-developed sales and marketing plans with these companies and participated in joint sales presentations and major trade show events where his focus was on closing business!
He has traveled extensively in the United States and has held business meetings and negotiating sessions in Europe and Japan winning several top-level corporate awards for his performance.
Mel has worked with senior management and executives at such companies as ABC Television, NBC Television, CBS Television, Gannett, Inc., The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, General Instrument, Harris, Corp., Ticketron, The Walt Disney Corporation, and NHK to name just a few.
Mel was recruited by Time, Inc. to work in the Video Group (HBO & American Television and Communications Corp. (ATC)) as manager of new business development.
At the cable TV division, Mel developed and successfully implemented the business plan and concept for the world's first digital still-photo classified advertising business dubbed The Ad Channel. The business plan was one of the first at ATC using a personal computer and VisiCalc, the first PC spreadsheet application, to run various sensitivity models and operating scenarios.
The Ad Channel was written up in numerous publications and led to a highly profitable automated cable TV business that is part of the success story of cable TV advertising, a business segment that began growing at a 20-30% compound annual growth rate.
Education, accomplishments and recognition
Mel holds certificates in business finance from Denver University, and the Wharton Business School. He is a graduate of Dale Carnegie Training and has completed numerous workshops, seminars, and courses throughout the country on subjects ranging from sales and interpersonal management skills to strategies for international marketing. He completed the Oz Enterprises training on consultative selling of technical consulting services.
He has written and co-authored numerous articles for the national, and international trade press and is the author of the book How To Start Your Own Advertising Agency.
Mel is listed in Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in The Midwest, and Who's Who in Advertising.
Tools and Technology Competence
Mel has worked with PC technology from the Apple II through the Pentium III. He has worked with companies and applications using mainframe, client/server, and networked mini and microcomputer technologies from Microsoft and Digital as well as the proprietary systems common to third party vertical market applications. He is skilled in MS Office 2000, Visio and the Internet. He also uses a web-enabled cell phone and Palm III synchronized to Outlook 2000 to manage his personal contact list of over 1,300 records.
The common thread throughout Mel’s career has been sales. Selling products, services, ideas and relationships—usually relating to the application of leading edge technology and packaged as integrated solutions.
His focus on building collaborative relationships and team selling concepts continue to fuel his excitement, as these are becoming the key elements differentiating competitors.
High added value based on unique, strategically managed, corporate knowledge and strong ‘trusted advisor’ relationships will separate market leaders from also-rans well into the future. Mel understands both well.
Mel and his wife, Linda, live in Pepin, Wisconsin birthplace of noted children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder. From his home office he builds websites, as well as repairs computers. An example is www.PepinWisconsin.com. I encourage you to check out this website and see how beautiful this part of our country really is.
Mel and Linda have been married 52 years. They were blessed with two daughters. God has increased their family with seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One of their daughters and her family resides in Wichita, Kansas, and the other daughter and her family resides near them in Pepin, WI.
I honor this good man today with the highest honor I can bestow on any person as the editor of Hugh's News, Inc.