Melanie attended a two-year Intensive Office Education course in the last two years of high school. She then went to work for a Volvo dealership in 1985 as a title/inventory clerk. Melanie was given an opportunity to move to a bookkeeper position with a Toyota dealership in 1988. She attended Northwood Institute for Automotive Dealership Accounting in Midland, Michigan. Melanie was promoted to the office manager at the Toyota dealership where she worked for 13 years. She was then offered the position of Controller for a Toyota/Lexus dealership. After 17 years of being the CFO for five dealerships and a real estate entity, Melanie retired from the car business in 2018 and made the decision to join the Speros team in 2019.