After running unopposed for Seat 3, Mel was sworn in on November 15, 2016.

Born and raised in Louisville KY, Mel served four years in the Marine Corps.  His last Marine Corp duty station was in Philadelphia, where he remained after his discharge.

He attended Delaware County Community College and Temple University.

Mel was the founder and CEO of a successful graphic arts company in the Philadelphia area. After being a snowbird in this area for six years, he decided to take early retirement to move to his beloved Daytona Beach Shores, where he’s lived since 2001.

In addition to being a business executive, Mel has held (and continues to hold) a number of leadership roles. He served on the planning committee for the City’s 50th Anniversary celebration, on the Police Pension Board, and on the Planning Committee for the City’s new Community Center. Until his election, he also served as the Chairman of the City’s Board of Adjustments and as the Vice President of the Daytona Beach Shores Community Foundation. 

Mel continues to serve as the President of The John C. Bogle Center for Financial Literacy and as the long-time President or Vice President of The Townhomes at the Oceans HOA.

In retirement, Mel earned professional designations as a Certified Fund Specialist from the Institute of Business and Finance and as a Wealth Management Specialist from Kaplan College. He’s the author of two best-selling investing books and a columnist for Forbes.com. Mel is the co-founder and Moderator of two online financial help forums.

He was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Money Magazine honored Mel as one of its “Money Heroes” for his work in investor education and Delaware County Community College honored him with their Alumni Professional Achievement Award.

Mel hopes to use his varied experience and leadership skills to help insure that Daytona Beach Shores can continue to legitimately claim that “Life is better here”.