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Mel Campbell

One guy with a 4′ by 8′ sheet of plywood resting on a pair of sawhorses. That was Mel, circa 1978 (look for the DVD “CH&B, The Early Weeks,” available by credit card on late night television)….

Mel Campbell

… My how we’ve grown, filling our basket with clients of all sizes in all different industries. How? With hard work. Great creative. And a keen understanding of this mystical art. And while it started with Mel, he’s made sure those same ingredients continue to flow through the entire CH&B body. In his free time, he’s a fly fisherman, a car guy, and he loves soccer. But he was born to market, and he’s been successful because of his ability to see over the horizon … way over. In fact, his obit is already written. It begins, “A local advertising executive died today after pulling seven toddlers from a burning bus ….”

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If you could do something else with your life, what would it be?

An exclusive fly fishing guide. I would represent just two clients at a time, practically anywhere in the American hemisphere, Europe and Russia.

Who was your greatest influence in life?

I’m not sure if there was just one person who was the greatest influence in my life. I think it was more like a number of individuals, family members and friends that played key roles in my development along the way. I was more sponge-like, soaking up influential bits all over the place. Choosing one person … not sure I could do that.

I do know however, the single most important influence in my life was Keewaydin Camp, an Outward Bound style tripping camp in Salisbury, Vermont. That particular place, had more to do with molding the person I am today than any other single factor. It occurred during the years I transitioned from a boy into manhood. I learned how to take care of myself. How to move forward even during adverse conditions. How to work hard. How to work with others towards a common goal. How to take a punch. How and when to stand your ground. To live and love the big picture but learn and study the details. Always help the other fellow. And when it is all over, leave the campsite in better shape than I found it.

What is your favorite book?

I have many favorite books … early Ludlum, End of Faith, Lord of the Rings, Where The Red Fern Grows, Heart of Darkness, Dune, any Kurt Vonnegut, Wuthering Heights, any Shakespeare, Gravity’s Rainbow, V, Middlesex, Stranger in a Strange Land, Catcher in the Rye. For now I would say, Forever. However, I should say E.B. White’s Elements of Style.

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