Deacon Michael (second from the right)
The excellent 30-page ebook above is free to download at www.michaelhyatt.com. His biography is described below. He is a member of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, Tennessee, where he has served as a deacon for twenty-seven years. Deacon Michael was recently elected as a member of the board of trustees at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.
Deacon Michael is the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S. He has worked in the book publishing industry for most of his career.
He began at Word Publishing while a student at Baylor University.He worked at Word for a total of six years. In addition to serving as Vice President of Marketing at Thomas Nelson in the mid-80s, He also started his own publishing company, Wolgemuth & Hyatt, with his partner Robert Wolgemuth in 1986. Word eventually acquired the company in 1992.
He was a successful literary agent from 1992 until early 1998. He rejoined Thomas Nelson in 1998 and worked in a variety of roles in both divisional and corporate management. He was CEO from August 2005 to April 2011, when he was succeeded by Mark Schoenwald. He was Chairman from August 2006 until the company was acquired by HarperCollins in July 2012. Since that time, he has run his own company, Intentional Leadership.
He has also written eight books, two of which landed on the New York Times bestseller list. His most recent one is called Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World in May 2012. In addition to the New York Times bestseller list, it hit the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists.
He has been married to his wife, Gail (follow her on Twitter @GailHyatt), for thirty-five years. They have five daughters, five grandsons, and three granddaughters. They live outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
In his free time, he enjoys writing, reading, running, and golfing.