Occupation: Senior Account Representative/Miss Florida USA 2005
Fave TV Show: Sportscenter
Fave Movies: Three Amigos
Fave Book: Marketing Outrageously
Hobbies: Piano, tennis, volleyball
Melissa is the Miss Florida USA of her team, having represented the Sunshine State in the 2005 Miss USA pageant, and finished as the fourth runner up to Miss USA. Melissa graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in public relations and began her own business at the age of 22. She was the owner and president of a thriving company, Ampex Granite, Inc. Melissa has since left the granite world and now works as a senior sales executive for UCC Galleries, which is the exclusive representative of world-renowned sports artist Bill Lopa. An accomplished pianist, Melissa has also volunteered over 1500 hours with local Florida charities and was named one of Florida's "Top 100 Power Players" by Florida International Magazine. Melissa is excited to travel the world and take risks with two of her Miss USA pageant friends and sees this as a great adventure and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.