Born as a southerner from Kentucky and educated in the North at Tufts University Melanie, received a dual degree in International Relations and Macro-Economics. She began her career in corporate America with then, General Electric Power Systems based in Atlanta. She caught the entrepreneurial bug at the age of 26 and opened a series of wine bar throughout the Atlanta area.
Bias met her future husband, Jerry, in New York and relocated to the area to become the Director of Operations for the Urban League of Southern Connecticut, a non-profit organization that empowers and educates the underserved community with workforce development training and first homebuyer education.
Years later they decided to pursue a slower pace of life and moved to their farm in Charlottesville, Virginia to operate their family vineyard and winery that Jerry began in 2001 post 9/11. Melanie was in charge of the daily operations, marketing and shared in the enjoyment of winemaking and tasting with her husband.
Fast forward, Bias and husband traveled to Charleston for a family wedding and instantly fell in love with the city’s history and architecture. They were on the verge of expecting a daughter and quickly decide to relocate the family so they can claim to have at least Charleston native in the family.
Since moving to Charleston in 2013, Bias began Southern Charm Staging, a home-staging business located in West Ashley, that has assisted property owners, managers and listing agents with over 125 properties across the state with the past 5 years.
Melanie joined Carolina One as a Realtor in 2018.