Melanie Minter was named Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce President and CEO in January. She said the new role has allowed her to "give back to the community that has given so much to me."
Minter, the daughter of Linda and J.C. McDearman, said her roots in Wilson County are deep. She attended Byars Dowdy Elementary and graduated Cum Laude from Castle Heights Military Academy in the last graduating class of 1986. She next attended the University of Tennessee, where she obtained her degree in Human Ecology, with honors.
Following college, Minter worked for Talbots in the Green Hills area of Nashville for over 17 years as a General Manager, and as Training Store Manager throughout the United States. "Traveling for Talbots and living in Nashville was exciting, but hectic, and this warm, nurturing community kept pulling at my heartstrings," she said.
Minter and her family eventually moved back to Lebanon to reside in her grandmother's home, built in 1936, on Greenlawn Drive - recently designated as one of the city's historical streets.
Minter credited her position with Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC at the time with bringing her back "to the grassroots of the community where the Bone family has operated their dealership for generations."
She joined the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce to grow commercial business through networking. "Quickly, I saw that being involved, helping chair committees and serving on the Board of Directors gave me insight into the Chamber organization and allowed me to meet others who also had a strong interest in our community and advancing their businesses in our area," Minter explained.
Being named CEO this year has been an honor for Minter. "I love working in the community, but I am even more excited about being directly involved in the operation, development and growth of Lebanon and Wilson County," she said.
"I am very proud of them for being involved in different activities and supporting their school (Winfree Bryant Middle School) with pride and joy. Every day as I watch the girls grow and taxi them to school or cheerleading or softball or golf practice, I realized how much I am blessed to have them in my life," she said. "It can certainly be a balancing act, but I love it."
The woman Minter most admires is her mother.
"She genuinely loves everyone she meets. She is always there to help me whenever I call," she said. "My mother's greatest lesson was that one must be responsible, work hard and meet trials with courage and faith. She believes that any task requires your greatest effort."
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