"Send me your books, for the children of Gatlinburg have nothing to read."-Anna Porter, 1932
William "Bill" Mellor
Current Treasurer and Former board chairperson for the Anna Porter Public Library.
Bill was born in Cambridge Mass. while his father was finishing up his MBA at Harvard University. Bill subsequently lived in Detroit, Michigan where his brother John “Jack” was born and Arlington Heights, Illinois where his sister Jane was born. In the 3rd grade the family moved to Kentucky where Bill grew up attending Dixie Heights High School and developed a love of libraries. Subsequently Bill attended the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University and Loyola University of Chicago majoring in business.
In 1978 Bill went to work as a Manager, then General Manager of a nationwide payroll service bureau in Chicago which pay-rolled movies, marketing research and merchandising personnel. Subsequently Bill gravitated to recruitment primarily in the Information Technology field. In 1984 Bill became an entrepreneur and opened Computer Resources & Technologies Inc., a Chicagoland company which started as an IT recruiting firm but evolved into a successful IT consulting firm.
Bill’s parents have the Buckhorn Inn in Gatlinburg/Pittman Center. After visiting the area on numerous occasions and falling in love with the beauty and majesty of the mountains Bill and his wife Louise decided they wanted to spend more time nearer to family. So, in 2006 Louise and Bill decided to move to the Sevier County area.
Bill joined the book club at APPL shortly thereafter and was involved in the fund raising to build the new library. Later Bill was elected to the library board and eventually was elected board chair.
After serving his first term, he eventually came back on the board and was again elected chairperson
Bill still runs his IT consulting firm virtually from a small mountain top in Tennessee. He has been married to Louise for 44 years. They have 5 daughters, 3 who live in Sevier County. Bill plays pickleball and racquetball at the Gatlinburg Community Center, has helped with the Gatlinburg Pittman Football program, and enjoys spending time with his grandkids who attend or have attended Pi Beta Phi, Pittman Center, and Gatlinburg Pittman High school.