Paul Melella Jr. is a founding business and personal development coach at Empowered Mastery. He has spent the past 20 years traveling the world, studying the most influential leaders of peak performance, personal growth, and healthy living. Working primarily with professionals and entrepreneurs, Paul provides his clients with the necessary tools and mental fortitude to live a life of passion and purpose.

Beyond his corner office door, Paul is a bestselling author, real estate investor, 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo, nine-time New York State Champion, and an active athlete competing in half marathons and X Terra off-road triathlons. He was the 2014 USA Cycling Cross Country Mountain Bike National Champion at the age of 40.

Paul is the co-founder of United Martial Arts Centers—with the No. 1 ranked program in the nation—and owns locations in Carmel, Fishkill, Newburgh, and LaGrange, NY. Each year, Paul donates more than $20,000 in scholarships so that children can benefit from his martial arts, leadership, and character development programs. He additionally donates his time to local schools as an inspirational speaker and anti-bullying advocate. Paul resides in Putnam County, NY with his wife of nearly 20 years and their two children.