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Chamber Staff Highlight: Melanie Schmees

Chamber Staff Highlight: Melanie Schmees

We want to introduce you to Melanie!

Melanie is our Director of Business and Economic Research and has been with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce for 3 years. She provides resources to businesses that want to launch, expand, or relocate here in Collier County.

From  business resources to managing The Partnership for Collier's Future Economy, Melanie is our go-to! 

Prior to starting at the Chamber, she served as a compensation analyst at HealthCare Appraisers where she helped navigate hospitals and physicians through the complex healthcare regulatory environment.

Previously she worked as an economic researcher for The Lee County Economic Development Office. 

Melanie graduated Associate Leadership Collier in 2020 and obtained her MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she previously obtained her B.S degree in Finance and Economics.

She serves on different boards such as Florida Heartland Economic Region of Opportunity (FHERO) Board Member and Keiser University Nurse Anesthesia Program Advisory Board. She is also an active member on numerous workforce and economic development committees across the SWFL region and the state.  

As Director of Business and Economic Research at The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Melanie conducts business retention and expansion visits, heads economic research and analysis initiatives and coordinates with numerous governmental, utility, and not-for-profit organizations critical to economic growth marketing, services, and contracts.

What can Chamber Members come to you for? 
Chamber members can come to me if they need data, market research, or connections and resources to help them grow or establish their business.

Last book you have read: Transnational Management: Text, Cases, and Readings in Cross-border Management

Best advice you have ever received: Measure twice, cut once.

What is one of your favorite quotes? "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

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