KH_headshot_2016KEVIN HANCOCK is an award-winning author, public speaker, and CEO of one of America’s oldest family businesses. He is author of THE SEVENTH POWER: ONE CEO’S JOURNEY INTO THE BUSINESS OF SHARED LEADERSHIP, to be published in early 2020 by Post Hill Press, and of NOT FOR SALE: FINDING CENTER IN THE LAND OF CRAZY HORSE, published in 2015. Learn more about Kevin. Book public speaking events, connect and share ideas!

Established in 1848, Hancock Lumber Company grows trees, manufactures lumber for global distribution, and operates retail stores in Maine and New Hampshire. The company, thanks to its five hundred employee associates, is a four-time recipient of the Best Places to Work in Maine Award. The company is also a past recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year Award, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence, the MITC Exporter of the Year Award, and the Pro-Sales National Dealer of the Year Award.

Kevin is a recipient of the Ed Muskie Access to Justice Award, the Habitat for Humanity Spirit of Humanity Award, the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, and Timber Processing magazine’s Person of the Year Award. Kevin is also a former history teacher and a lifetime youth basketball coach. He is a graduate of Lake Region High School and Bowdoin College. Kevin lives in Casco, Maine, with Alison, his wife of twenty-eight years. Together they have two adult daughters, Abby and Sydney.

Kevin has a national platform as a public speaker and business executive. In 2017, his website ( and the company’s website ( combined had over 150,000 visits, by more than 100,000 unique users.

Kevin is an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals—within a company or a community such as Pine Ridge—through listening, empowerment, and shared leadership.

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  1. Congratulations, Kevin. Producing the book is a wonderful thing, but taking the time to get the underlying meaning that led to the book may be even more important.


    1. The underlying meaning is the story of the book. “What brings you here?” the old jewlery maker asked me back in October 2012, the first time I stood at the massacre site at Wounded Knee. Self-exploration is what brought me there! Thank you!

  2. Hi Kevin—Just learned about your book this morning. I’m late getting the info now that I’m out of the “construction loop!” I ordered a copy and can’t wait to get. Thought of your dad last week when I drove by the NELMA building in Cumberland that we built together back in the 80’s. All the best, Bill

    1. It’s great to hear from you Bill! I am happy that you have found this book! Thank you for all your long-standing friendship and partnership with our family and company!

  3. Kevin, thanks so much for serving as keynote speaker at the 2017 NSDA Symposium last weekend. You were so inspiring! I too have found spasmodic dysphonia to be a blessing. Having SD is a journey and one that I would not have wanted to miss. Having SD for the past 30 years and serving as a volunteer leader there for 17 of those years has put me into contact with amazing people and one of my passions is being involved with the NSDA. We are all so much more than the sound of our voice.

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