Muriel Ruth Nelson Hinkle

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Title: President, Chief Executive Officer Emerita
Company: Sonalysts Inc.
Location: Waterford, Connecticut, United States

Muriel Ruth Nelson Hinkle, President and Chief Executive Officer Emerita at Sonalysts Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Technology.

From solving problems to managing deadlines and schedules, Ms. Hinkle has transitioned successfully from a busy Navy wife to busy chief executive officer, and has held the title of emerita since 2001. Sonalysts started as a small government services business, and has now accrued a reputation for high-quality management, timely product, and fair costing, now with more than 350 people in the company serving government and commercial interests. Ms. Hinkle has earned the title of Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert, and is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award featured in Who’s Who of American Women.

Though she sometimes refers to herself as an accidental entrepreneur, Ms. Hinkle put in years of hard work and extraordinary partnership to achieve success. She was born in Bayonne, New Jersey to Andrew Nelson and Florence Martha Ida Nelson, and studied with the Maryland College for Women before completing a BA from the University of Maryland in 1951. She was a manager of the Wildacres Thoroughbred Horse Farm in Connecticut when she married David Randal Hinkle, whom she met in Maryland as an amiable Naval Academy midshipman. Ms. Hinkle had three wonderful daughters, Valerie Nelson, Janet Lee, and Sally Ann, but the family was often without its patriarch while Mr. Hinkle was deployed in submarines far from communication. Ultimately, he became a successful captain, and decided to pursue a career in law. The family decided to capitalize on Mr. Hinkle’s sonar expertise, and thus Sonalysts Inc. was born.

Ms. Hinkle served as the company’s president from 1973 to 1988, and as CEO from 1973 to 2001. She was asked to consult with the Defense Nuclear Agency, now the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, from 1974 to 1975. The Hinkles’ story is recorded in Ms. Hinkle’s book, “Launching Sonalysts,” and she has been a co-author on numerous titles on submarine warfare. Her industrious spirit was recognized with a plethora of awards, including a 2002 William Crawford Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Hinkles have had some new additions to the family, and Ms. Hinkle is now the proud grandmother of David, Rebekah, Nathan, and Lily.

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