From Hoosier farm boy to minister to business leader, Mel Hall is running to bring opportunity and accountability to Congress and fight for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District. Mel has spent his life enriching communities, empowering those around him, and providing opportunities for hardworking people to succeed.
As a CEO and minister, Mel has dedicated his life to helping others – creating good-paying jobs with equal benefits for everyone, improving hospital care for patients, and lifting up low income communities that need help most.
Mel was born and raised on the family farm in Indiana. He and his three sisters learned from an early age the importance of a hard day’s work. Mel fed the calves and chickens, hung drywall, and worked as a hod carrier for bricklayers. Mel’s father was a union carpenter before he started his own general contracting business; Mel’s mother kept the books for the family company.
It was on the family farm that Mel and his sisters learned the old expression, “What you do speaks so loud I can’t hear what you say.” To this day, Mel and his sisters live up to that creed in everything they do.
Mel graduated from Taylor University and then went to seminary. After graduation, he asked the Methodist Church to send him to Detroit’s poorest and most densely-populated neighborhood. Mel knew that he wanted his life to make a difference.
Mel spent seven years as a minister in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. His two sons, Nathan and Matthew, were born there and grew up in the same community Mel worked in. The church served as a community center, providing job training programs, legal aid clinics, senior citizen advocacy programs, and even a basketball league with Mel as the coach.
To this day, Mel credits his time in Detroit as the best education he’s ever received. He saw first-hand what people with limited resources can accomplish when they come together towards a common purpose.
Mel returned home to Indiana to pursue a Ph.D. in Data Science at Notre Dame and then joined the South Bend-based patient satisfaction firm Press Ganey as employee #34. A few years later, Mel was asked to run the company. By the time he left Press Ganey, Mel had grown the company to employ more than 800 people right here in northern Indiana.
At Press Ganey, Mel and his team were focused on improving healthcare by giving voice to the one group so often left out of the health care process: the patient. He knew that Press Ganey was only as successful as its people. That’s also why in 2006, when the national minimum wage was $5.75 an hour, Mel raised the company-wide minimum wage at Press Ganey to $10 an hour. And in 2007, long before it was the law of the land, Mel made sure that same-sex couples were on the company’s insurance plan and could receive domestic partner benefits.
Mel has lived his life with integrity and dedicated himself to improving the lives of those around him. Whether fighting for justice on the streets of Detroit or growing a small business and creating jobs in northern Indiana, Mel has worked tirelessly to make communities better.
Mel will take that same accountability, that same desire for opportunity, and that same relentless pragmatism to Washington.