John Birch Society: Renowned Character First organization to lead seminar April 20 in Fox Valley

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Character-building seminar to address area business executives, elected officials

Appleton, Wis.—April 6, 2011—Character First will present a motivational seminar on integrity, April 20, at Fox Banquets, beginning at Noon. Dr. Nathan Mellor, president of Character First, will share how executives and managers can improve organizational effectiveness, attract and retain good people, and develop positive organizational culture.

Invitations to business executives and elected public officials have been sent. Any interested business owner, executive or manager can call Julie Smith (920-749-3780) for ticket information. This luncheon is sponsored by these area businesses and associations: American Opinion Foundation, The John Birch Society, Liberty News Network, N.E.W. Printing, Q90 FM and Grace Baptist Church, as well as Character First.

The mission of Character First is to help individuals and organizations build integrity, strengthen relationships, and develop leaders of good character. Participants learn to see the value of good character, so they can build better workplaces and communities.

Dr. Mellor holds a Master of Dispute Resolution degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. He currently serves as president of Strata Leadership, LLC, and Character First.

Character First began in 1992 by Tom Hill, chairman of Kimray Inc., a world leader in the manufacturing of industrial control devices based in Oklahoma City. In less than two years of implementing Character First, Kimray’s worker’s compensation costs decreased 80 percent and experienced a 25 percent increase in profits, even though the market was depressed. Since then, Character First has spread around the United States and the world, visiting 27 countries. Hill and Kimray were recently featured in the public television documentary, “Doing Virtuous Business” with more than a dozen other inspirational business success stories. Hill has also written “Making Character First”, a book recently published by Character First Publishers.

American Opinion Foundation and The John Birch Society have recently added Character First development to their employee training.

Established in 2005, American Opinion Foundation (a 501(c)3) performs charitable, scientific literary and educational services through community outreach activities. Its mission is to empower Americans to understand, enjoy and preserve the freedom and moral responsibility embodied in America’s founding principles. It is an affiliate of The John Birch Society, based in Appleton.