Melvin (Mel) Payne is the President and owner of Knowledge and Success, Inc, a Talent Development through Education Career Exploration company that connects students with STEM Professionals and STEM Business to enhance their knowledge and understanding about STEM career opportunities. Mel is Board President, Greater Philadelphia Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., and co-owner of CoubaTravel, a Travel Advisory organization specializing in Group, Cultural and Mission travel. Prior to starting Knowledge and Success, Inc, Mel held sales, management and executive positions at Bethlehem Steel, Xerox, AT&T and Comcast. Followed by consulting work in the public sector with Delaware Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC), Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, and the Philadelphia Education Fund.
Mel is a Vietnam War veteran and holds degrees in Business Administration from Peirce College, Bachelor of Science in Finance from Philadelphia University, and an MBA in Marketing from LaSalle University. During his many years of service, Mel has counseled, managed, directed, and mentored individuals in the private, public, and religious arenas. Mel and his wife Denise have served as missionaries in Kenya, Nicaragua, and South Africa since 2007. Our goal in life is to make the world a better place for others especially those less fortunate than ourselves.