Dr. Ed Shelton is an experienced, business executive who is a top speaker and presenter. Few businessmen have the depth and understanding of the front line workers and those who lead them than what Dr. Shelton offers. His friends and business colleagues describe him as a modern day champion of the American worker who has dedicated his life to building front line leaders.
Dr. Shelton's experiences bring leadership examples to light in a way that is entertaining and real. He is unique in that he has studied leadership as a military officer, an assistant professor, a senior executive in manufacturing and meat processing and from the lens as a civic leader within his community.
Leadership experiences in the military include serving as an Infantry Platoon Leader on the DMZ in Korea and two tours as an Infantry Company Commander in Panama and in the U.S. His leadership training included attendance at the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Course at Ft. Benning Georgia, Chilean War Academy in Santiago Chili, U.S. Army Airborne School, Jungle Warfare School, and Special Operations School in Hurlburt Fiel. Florida. Dr. Shelton's military decorations include the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, and Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster. Other distinguished awards included the Artillery Saint Barbara Medal.
As Assistant Professor at Penn State University, Dr. Shelton developed and taught leadership courses that included leadership building, training model for young emerging leaders and skills based training programs.
His research in Hispanic immigrant labor is regarded as essential literature in meat and poultry organizations and in cultural leadership development.
Dr. Shelton's greatest contribution has been in industry and meat processing plants throughout the United States. Working as an executive in organizations such as Simmons Foods, Excell Beef Company (Cargil Meat Solutions), Vlasic International, Smithfield Foods, Fleetwood Homes of Texas and Bar-S Foods. Dr. Shelton has developed and implemented leadership programs that have been effective in union avoidance campaigns and used by employees to decertify unions. His expertise and programs have elevated many plants to best overall status within their organizations.
Dr. Shelton has lived in Germany, Italy, Korea, and Panama and in the U.S., Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Colorado. He has a ranch home near Waco Texas where he resides with his wife Suzanne Shelton a English High School teacher and his five children, Crystal, Charmaine, Samuel, Annette and Barbara. His greatest happiness has been his marriage to Suzanne for over 30 years.
Dr. Shelton's ambitious nature and fascination with leadership manifests itself in his personal interests. He has raised five children, is a certified PADI Scuba Diving Instructor, a licensed FAA Single Engine pilot, and is an acclaimed expedition leader to the San Blas Region of Caledonia Bay.