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Candidate Name: Melanie Atkinson

About Melanie

Melanie Atkinson is Realtor with Smith & Associates Real Estate and the Mother of 3 amazing boys. She grew up in Ft. Myers, Florida and moved to Tampa in December 1999 after graduating from the University of Florida with her undergraduate degree, and the University of Illinois with her master’s degree. Melanie is passionate about her career in real estate and is always excited to show newcomers what makes the Tampa Bay area a wonderful place to live. She thrives on the creative problem solving that is necessary for a career in real estate and loves the end result when her clients are settled into their perfect home.

In 2018, Melanie started her own YouTube channel called Melanie Loves Tampa Bay, where she shares with viewers some of her real estate knowledge and gives them a peak into life in the Tampa Bay area. Melanie’s other passion is raising her 3 boys, ages 18, 16, & 12. As a young mother in 2001, Melanie and her family moved to Westchase. Her oldest son had developmental challenges, and it was in Westchase that Melanie learned the true meaning of the word “community.” She had never lived before in a place where neighbors cared, and helped one another, as much as she found in Westchase. The friends that she made throughout the community during this challenging time were a tremendous support to Melanie and she will always be grateful.

Supporting the Westchase Charitable Foundation, and their mission throughout the entire Tampa Bay area, is Melanie’s way of giving back to the community that gave her so much. She knows that the funds raised from this year’s Tampa Bay Woman of the Year event will show the families that receive assistance that their Tampa Bay community truly cares, and is there to help in their time of need.

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