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March 24, 2020




Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North
5:15 pm – 5:55 pm Meet & Greet
6:00 to 7:45 Meeting

Effective Communications in the Work Place

Barbara Rhodes-Melvin

Barbara will present on material from the book Everyone Communicates So Few Connect by John Maxwell which she is certified to coach and her 30 years of banking where she had to manage over 150 people at one time and effective communication was the only way her team was able to be successful and efficient in meeting their sales goals.

  Barbara Rhodes-Melvin has been in banking for 30 years, working her way up from part-time teller to vice president. She currently works at First Florida Integrity Bank as Vice President, Community Relations Officer.  Through out her career, Barbara has successfully supervised over 150 employees demonstrating her strong and effective communication skills, people skills and most importantly sales and service skills.

Since arriving to SW FL in 2001 Barbara has shown a strong commitment to the Community. She has been on as many as 12 Boards at one time. She is currently serving as 1st VP Collier County NAACP, Board Member Dress for Success, Board Member Champions for Learning, FGCU Small Business Advisory Board, and many more.

In 2015 when Barbara was laid off, she and her husband started a consulting company called BMR-Melvin Consulting LLC. They specialize in coaching, mentoring and motivational speaking. Barbara is also working on her first book to talk about how her life has changed after being partially blind.
Barbara has won many awards and recognitions for her work in the Community. She is featured in the Feb issue of Ebella magazine for her philanthropy work she and her husband do each year to celebrate their birthdays and anniversary.

These are a few of the awards and recognition she has won over the years:
2019 – Spirit of Community Award – presented by the Florida Commission on The Status of Women – (she was 1 0f 9 women to win from the entire state of Florida)
2018 – Golden Slipper Award
2017 – Community Volunteer of the Year Award – Tri – Town Construction
2016 – Champions of Learning Award – presented by the Education Foundation
2015 – Women of Distinction Award – The Delta Sigma Theta of Collier County
2014 – Glass Slipper Award – National Diversity Council

Barbara is married to Daniel Melvin a professional singer and entrepreneur


Our featured Business of the Month member is: TBD

Check out their information at http://abwaneapolitan.org/member-business-of-the-month/


Salad : Classic Caesar salad, crisp romaine, Caesar dressing, Parmesan and garlic croutons
Entrée: Ricotta cheese tortellini, mushroom ragout, pesto cream sauce

Dessert: Vanilla bean Creme Brulee w/ raspberry sauce

Salad: Classic Caesar salad, crisp romaine, Caesar dressing, Parmesan and garlic croutons (hold croutons for GF)
Entrée: Grilled Vegetable plate with Rice: Baby Zucchini, Baby Carrots, Japanese Eggplant, Melon Ball Yellow Squash, Red and Yellow Beets, with Aromatic Basmati Rice. VEG/GF

Dessert: Fresh Sliced Fruit

* ABWA Member $36 Reserve through our automated system.
* ABWA Guest $39 Reserve through our automated system.

Reservation Deadline Friday, March 20 at NOON. The reservation system on Eventbrite will close at noon. A $5 SURCHARGE for late reservations will be charged and no guarantee space will be available. RESERVE NOW PLEASE – NOTE, NO REFUNDS

If you run into any problems with the reservation system or have questions, please contact Dulce Gonell our Hospitality Chair at 239-776-2146 </span  “>djgonell [at] gmail [dot] com .