Melissa began her career working at a local, sub shop during the summer while she was in high school. By her second summer, the owner had promoted Melissa to be the manager. The additional responsibilities ended up being excellent training that would serve her well throughout her career.
After high school graduation, Melissa attended college in TN, eventually returning to FL to complete her B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Finance. She began working full-time in the financial industry. Within a year, she was working at the Darden Restaurant corporate headquarters in Orlando, FL. She worked in almost every accounting department there and became the “floater” for the various accounting departments. From there, she moved to the Employee Benefits area where she became the Profit Sharing Coordinator. She managed the profit-sharing dept. for the entire company, which totaled over 20 thousand participants, for several years.
After 12 years at Darden’s corporate office, she moved on to other pursuits within various industries. From doing call center sales to becoming the Customer Service Manager of a large department store to handling construction build-outs as a property manager to being a construction accountant, these experiences all contributed to a well-rounded education across the industries.
In January 2008, Melissa joined D. L. Newslow & Associates. She started part-time, handling various duties in the office, but within a year, she was the full-time accountant. Since then, Melissa has held various positions within the company, depending on the current needs. She has continued to enrich her education by taking and completing several certification courses within the food/beverage industry. She is a Certified Food Safety Manager (certified through ServSafe and NRFSP). She has also received the Certified Food Safety HACCP Manager designation (through NRFSP) and is able to proctor those exams. She has also attended and participated in several Food Safety Courses. The topics include HACCP Plan Development, Advanced HACCP (recognized by IHA), HACCP PRP’s, Internal Auditor, Allergens and Pathogens Management, Food Defense, FSSC 22000, Advanced Sensory Analysis and Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS). Her professional memberships over the years have consisted of FL IFT, IFT, FAFP, and IAFP. She has volunteered her time to assist these various organizations and others within the industry.
Melissa is knowledgeable about the various regulations in our industry. This enables her to assist current clients, potential partners and potential clients alike. She schedules the various workshops, acquires venues, makes sure everything runs smoothly, purchases products that D. L. Newslow offers for sale, materials necessary for the workshops, and educational materials that will be useful to clients. She also works hard to develop alliances with other companies that offer quality services that are necessary for our clients. In doing so, D. L. Newslow & Associates is able to refer clients to companies that offer services that will be beneficial to them and the clients are confident that they are dealing with a quality company. This is just another one of the value-added services that we offer our clients.
Melissa creates content for our company website, as well as, our social media accounts. She continues to strive to increase our presence in the industry, get our brand recognized by potential clients, while working on our vision for the future. We are glad to have her on our team!