News - Ana-Lab Hires New President & CEO Mel Yarbrough

By Weldon McFarland
Monday, October 30, 2017

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Mel Yarbrough has been named as the new President and CEO of Ana-Lab Corp., the fifteenth largest environmental company in the nation.  Yarbrough replaces Dr. Weldon McFarland who will continue to serve the company as Senior Scientist on a part-time, semi-retired basis.

“After advertising the opening for a new leader for our company, we narrowed the search to four final candidates,” Dr. McFarland said.  “The ultimate selection of Mel Yarbrough was due to his strong background in growing sales, revenues, and profitability.”  Yarbrough has over 20 years of leadership experience in high-growth sales and marketing for both large and small companies, including Hoovers (Dun & Bradstreet) and Handango.

Yarbrough comes to Ana-Lab from his position as CEO for File & ServeXpress, an industry-leading legal software and services company.  While there, he developed corporate enterprise strategy and led all day-to-day operations and initiatives.

Prior to his work at File & Serve Xpress, Yarbrough served as COO at Towerstream (TWER) and took the company from being a small wireless Internet service provider to a nationally recognized, NASDAQ listed, 4G and WiFi mobile wireless service provider.  By developing an improved sales and marketing platform for the company, he was able to increase new revenue in an impressive way;  Towerstream’s annual revenue stream grew from approximately $6 million to over $32 million in roughly six years. 

“My background is in growing companies, and I’m excited about being here at Ana-Lab,” Yarbrough said.  “This company has so much potential, and I’ve quickly learned that the people who work here really care about the company, about their clients, and about each other, too.  We’re already doing a lot right, in terms of having integrity in our data and continually striving for improvement.  That said, I can see some areas where we can make improvements that will be beneficial for all concerned.”

A native of East Texas, Yarbrough grew up in Longview and is a graduate of Pine Tree High School.  From there, he went to SMU for a bachelor’s degree in economics and business, followed by earning a law degree from Vanderbilt.  Eventually, he turned his focus to business and has since enjoyed the challenges and rewards of helping businesses grow and become more profitable. 

Weldon McFarland

Dr. Weldon McFarland is the CEO of Ana-Lab Corporation, headquartered in Kilgore, TX.