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Awards and Honors

Individual Recognition

  • College Mentor for Kids, Inspire Award Finalist – 2018
  • Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, WBENC, Indiana Role Model of the Year – 2017
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ohio Valley, Finalist – 2017
  • Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award Runner-Up – 2012
  • Stanley K. Lacy Program Class XXXVI – 2011
  • Junior Achievement, Indy’s Best and Brightest Award – 2010
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Indianapolis Chapter, Visionary Awards, Entrepreneurial Scholarship Award – 2010


Company Recognition

  • National Association for Industrial and Office Parks Award, Best Office Transaction – 2013
    • Summit Realty Group for work with Baldwin & Lyons New Corporate Headquarters project
  • Monumental Awards Achievement Award – 2008
    • Bose, McKinney and Evans Project
  • International Interior Design Association Indiana Chapter, IDEA Awards Honorable Mention- 2008
    • Bose, McKinney and Evans Project
  • International Interior Design Association Indiana Chapter, IDEA Awards Out of the Box Good Idea Socket Award – 2006
    • Pratt Corporation Project
  • Monumental Awards Achievement Award – 2006
    • Pratt Corporation Project




Professional and Community Involvement (Volunteer Experience)

  • Indiana State Chamber Board Member – 2017 to Current
    • Member – 2016 to Current
  • Indy Chamber Board Member – 2017 to Current
    • Member – 2004 to Current
  • Indiana Conference for Women Board Member – 2017 to Current
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, National Chapter – 2017 to Current
    • Distinguished Circle Member (Women Business Owners with $1million + annual revenue)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners Member (NAWBO), IN Chapter – 2008 to Current
    • Board Member – 2011 to 2017
    • Corporate Partner/Sponsor Chair – 2013 to 2017
    • Mentorship Program, Mentor – 2014
    • Visionary Awards Luncheon Chair – 2012 (highest record attendance to date)
    • Programs Chair – 2010 to 2012
    • Membership Chair – 2008 to 2010
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Member – 2008 to Current
  • Indiana Construction Roundtable Member (ICR)– 2011 to Current
    • Board Member (2 yr. term) – 2016 to 2018
    • Mentor Protégé Program Chair – 2010 to 2016
    • Mentor Protégé Program, Mentor – 2013 to 2016
  • IndyCrew (Commercial Real Estate Women) Member – Current
  • American Heart Association, Legacy of Life Endowment Founder and Fundraiser for Congenital Heart Defect Research
  • Mickey’s Camp Participant – 2012 to Current





Professional and Community Involvement (Volunteer Experience) – Continued

Past Involvement

  • National Association of Industrial Office Professionals (NAIOP) – 2011 to 2017
  • Association of Legal Assistants (ALA) – 2012 to 2017
  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Capital Campaign Cabinet (Raised $6 million for new Leadership Center) – 2013 to 2016
    • Donated all move management services for move to new Leadership Center
  • Purposeful Design, helps rebuild lives of individuals broken by addiction or homelessness
    • Donated all move management services for move to new location
  • Indiana Women Business Owners Political Action Committee Board Member – 2010 to 2015
  • International Interior Design Association Member – 1995 to 2008
    • Board Member – 1995 – 1999
  • Indiana Interior Design Coalition Board Member – 2002 to 2006
  • Building Owners & Managers Association Member – 2008 to 2017




Current Certifications and Registrations

  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) – 1995 to Current
  • Registered Interior Designer, State of Indiana – 2008 to Current
  • Relocation Strategies:
    • Women’s Business Enterprise National Certification (WBENC) – 2008 to Current
    • Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), State of Indiana – 2008 to Current
    • Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), City of Indianapolis – 2008 to Current




  • Purdue University, Bachelor of Arts Degree- 1992




Quotes From A Few Women Melissa St. John has Mentored

“I’ve had many mentors in life. After meeting Melissa, I knew she’d be one of them. Her knowledge helped me think creatively and made a difference as I formed my business.”

  • Patricia Fields, President, KeyZones


“Melissa has been a huge force in pushing me to grow and expand my services as a company. She is very motivational while also very clear about where opportunities exist and barriers that may be inhibiting growth. Her success as a business owner is very inspiring, as is her giving nature and big heart.”

  • Audra Blasdel, Founder and Owner, Blasdel Solutions


“If it weren’t for Melissa, Geyer Fire wouldn’t be where it is now. A few years ago, she encouraged me to hire an administrator, having gone through a similar situation. I hesitated to take the risk, but she helped me realize I had to and held me accountable. Hiring someone made a profound impact. I pursue clients I would’ve never been able to, expanding Geyer Fire from 7 to 25—a number that’s still growing.”

  • Rosemily Geyer, President and CEO, Geyer Fire Protection


“People gravitate toward Melissa. An empathetic relationship builder, she shares her knowledge generously, providing value to every conversation.”

  • Sanya Strawser, MCC, Founder/CEO, People Factor


Other Quotes, Testimonials and References

 “I have known Melissa St. John for close to 20 years.   I personally worked with Melissa to help establish legislation that would provide an opportunity for Registered Interior Designers to set themselves apart in the field.   The legal recognition that was established brought consistent standards and ensured excellence in the Interior Design Industry.   The registration required a level of verification for interior designers to know safety and fire egress codes to set them apart from other interior designers.   Melissa was instrumental, and one of the leaders, in pushing this legislation and registration forward.   Her active advocacy for women business owners is respected and appreciated among her peers.”

  • Jerry Torr, Indiana State Representative, Vice President at Hamilton National Title, LLC


 “Melissa St. John was a key factor in the success of the growing NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Indianapolis Chapter as the Corporate Partner Chair, by securing new partnerships and renewing existing partners.  Her passion for securing relationships with corporations and funding for the association was what made NAWBO Indianapolis one of the top chapters in the United States in corporate partner funding from 2013-2016.   Melissa not only secured corporate partners, she also was responsible for introducing dozens of new women business owners to the chapter and to businesses to help them grow.  As an advocate, she truly reaches back and pulls women business owners forward.   She is the epitome of selflessness and an advocate for business.”

  • Janet South, Owner/President, DECO Coatings

Former NAWBO National Presidents Assembly Representative, NAWBO Indianapolis Board Member and Member


 “Melissa St. John and I have worked on numerous projects together in various capacities and with different companies. What has impressed me the most is her true advocacy for her clients and other women business owners.  Her efforts most recently while working with IU Health have saved us $3.9 million dollars.   This funding has been applied now to technology and equipment purchases that are key to our excellent treatment of patients.   We are grateful for Melissa and her team’s determination to look for ways to cuts costs, but still ultimately reaching our goals in our facilities.”  

  • Mary Beth Kohart, Executive Director of Corporate Real Estate, IU Health


“Melissa St. John epitomizes two traits that ensures her success in business and in life; positivity and leadership. There is no one that maintains such a clear vision of their business and personal goals and strives towards them with such relentless passion as Melissa St. John. Additionally, that trait engenders those around her to be the best that they can be. I wholeheartedly support Melissa’s submission for this prestigious award. “

  • Jesse L. Moore, Former Director of the Office of Supplier Diversity Development, Purdue University


“Melissa was an energized and valuable member of the team at Girl Scouts of Central Indiana as we embarked on our capital campaign. Melissa brought skill and passion that served to inspire the team to reach high. The 40,000 girls who’s lives are impacted annually by Girl Scouting and the forty five counties of central Indiana owe a debt of gratitude to Melissa.   I am proud to endorse her for this honor.”

  • Deborah Hearn Smith, Retired President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

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