About Russell

Hello!  Thanks for surfing by!  I am, by good fortune, a Texan happily homesteading in Tennessee.

I had a modest, but fabulous upbringing.  I spent almost every waking hour outdoors.  My parents were my heroes.  They gave up a lot to give me every opportunity to succeed, and they were always there when I struggled or failed.  As a parent now, I try to do the same for my children.  My children are terrific people, and I couldn't be any more proud of them.

I had a challenging and rewarding traditional career right out of college. I worked hard and played hard (often too hard), but was fortunate enough to pick up some great education.  For 30 years I've worked in Aerospace & Defense, consulted, lobbied, and generally made hay in the sunshine.

Today I still consult, but I'm most often traveling the world in search of the next great adventure, and providing those in need with the learning experience of a lifetime through the Russell C. Melvin Family Foundation 

When not traveling, in the summer months, I tend my Nashville farm perched on the northwestern ridge of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  From late October until the end of March, I'm usually hiking and fishing in Central or South America.

I'm very blessed to be surrounded by nature and by great friends who enjoy living well.

See my LinkedIn profile here or see more at about.me.

Favorite Hike

The Natchez Trace Parkway, mile 394 northward.


850 ft.


36°03'46.0"N 86°97'57.8"W

Life is a winding road.  It's never easy, but you're never alone.  The equal of every challenge is the attitude of your team.  Embrace believers.  Take leave of naysayers.  You'll live well.  It's not complicated."