Born in Philadelphia and a native of Philly’s western suburbs (Go Phillies!), Melissa is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Her career started with the Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a buyer's associate. With an added passion for photography, she then graduated from Moore College of Art & Design with a degree in Digital Media, and ran a successful photography business focusing on family, newborn, and child portraiture.
Melissa has been a member of the Jacksonville top producing real estate team, the Menton & Ballou Group, since its inception and initially started with the team as their photographer, marketing coordinator, and drone pilot. She transitioned into a full-time Realtor in 2015 and has built a successful career for herself as a licensed advisor with the global luxury real estate firm Engel & Völkers. The Menton & Ballou Group has consistently been a top producer in the greater Jacksonville region, earning the Jacksonville Business Journal's #6 Real Estate Team in 2019. Additionally, the team was awarded Engel & Völkers Americas #7 Top Producing Team, finishing just shy of $50 million in sales volume for 2019.
Nocatee and the surrounding Ponte Vedra Beach area are exceptional places to live and work, which is why Melissa chose to call it home in 2013. The proximity to the scenic coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean and year-round outdoor living is the main reason she decided to move there. In her free time, she enjoys traveling (especially to any of America's National Parks), swimming, playing pickleball and gardening. She feels most at home while relaxing at the beach with her dog, Archie.
As a young professional, Melissa attributes lifelong learning, respect, good strategies, and listening as key components to her success. She is available anytime to discuss both your short-term and long-term real estate goals.