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Melissa’s love for the restaurant industry began while growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she started working at the pizza shop down the street at age 14. All through high school, college, and the years that followed, Melissa has worked as a cook, hostess, server and bartender for small family owned to large corporate restaurants in PA, NC, FL, DC and VA. While enjoying a position as a designated trainer for the Cheesecake Factory, she discovered she also had a passion for selling. With over 5 years of experience as a Sales Consultant in restaurant supplies and equipment and all the years working in the industry, Melissa is dedicated to building relationships, identifying her customer’s needs and providing the best recommendations that will support the success of their business or organization. Her other passion is music and you can find her singing and playing guitar at bars and wineries around the DC area. She joined the AERE family in 2018.