A specialist in strategic communications and business development, Sharlene Hawkes is the founder and president of Remember My Service (RMS) Productions since 2005. RMS specializes in both interactive and traditional publications for military units and commemorations, to include the recent major commemoratives (book and documentary) produced for the Korean War 60th, Desert Storm 25th, and Vietnam War 50th presented as free gifts to veterans in all states. In support of the troops, Ms. Hawkes has traveled to forward operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan to better understand the service provided by our dedicated Service members. She is an executive committee member for the Association of the US Army/Utah region, and is on the AMAR International Foundation Board , working to rebuild lives in the middle east.. In 2008, she founded "Project Gratitude”, an annual program that brings moms, wives, and daughters of fallen heroes to a complimentary VIP weekend at the Miss America Finals, where they are formally recognized as “Honorary Miss Americas.” Ms. Hawkes is the daughter of a World War II Veteran.
Ms. Hawkes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from BYU, and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from the University of Utah. After college, she signed with ESPN and spent 16 years as an award-winning sportscaster, covering such world-class events as World Cup Soccer, World Cup Skiing, the Kentucky Derby 1995-2004, the French Open, and Big 10 College Football 1990-1995. She was a host and a feature producer of College Gameday, World Cup Soccer Today, Scholastic Sports America, ESPN's Sailing, and Great American Events.
Ms. Hawkes was born in Paraguay, later living in Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, but spent most of her teenage years in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the only foreign-born Miss America (1985), and is an accomplished musician and published author. Ms. Hawkes has four children and lives in Bountiful, Utah, where she is an avid skier, hiker, and cyclist.