Nathan Mellor, Ed. D. – President

Considered one of America’s emerging communicators, Dr. Nathan Mellor is the CEO of C3 Brands and President of Strata Leadership. A captivating storyteller, he is recognized for his ability to connect at the heart level with a wide range of audiences. A trusted advisor to executives and influencers, he has an uncanny ability to inspire, clarify and motivate individuals and groups.

Dr. Mellor has been a student favorite at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over twenty years. His most recognized courses focus on leadership, communication, ethics and the psychology of conflict. Since founding Strata Leadership with his business partner, Frank Smith, in late 2009, the company has grown from a single employee in a windowless office to a multi-million dollar family of companies that includes: Mosaic Personnel, Qubit Creative and Strata Leadership.

Strata Leadership provides character and competence based solutions to companies, governmental agencies, non-profits and educational institutions throughout the United States and abroad. A full-service organizational development firm, the Strata team of highly qualified professionals conducts cultural analyses, provides executive coaching, facilitates strategic planning and offers a broad range of training options and specialized organizational development services. Brands operating under the Strata Leadership umbrella include: The Academy of Sports and Character, Character Core, Character First Education, The Institute for Emerging Leaders, Monocle Press, Strata Leadership Center for Public Safety, and the Strata Leadership Executive Forum.

An avid hiker, Dr. Mellor considers his role to be a guide who walks alongside executives in pursuit of greater vistas. He believes providing the highest quality feedback requires caring deeply about others. Consequently, he considers many of his clients to be among his closest friends. Because of his respect and appreciation for them, he strives to push them towards their goals by serving as a sounding board, sparring partner and encourager.

In pursuit of educational, humanitarian and religious interests, he has studied or taught in: Australia, Belize, China, England, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia and Rwanda. He is passionate about developing future leaders and is the co-founder of the Presidential Leadership Institute, hosted on the campus of York College, in collaboration with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

Dr. Mellor earned the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree from Pepperdine University, where he was a Colleagues Grant recipient. He earned the Master of Dispute Resolution degree from the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was named a Straus Fellow. He earned the Master of Science in Education degree from Harding University while serving as the Graduate Assistant to the University President. He earned the Bachelor of Arts from Harding University where he was elected Student Association President, earned his letter playing intercollegiate football, played trumpet in the Pep Band and sang in the choir. He lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife and two daughters.