Melanie Churella Johnson
Melanie is a WSJ/USA Today bestselling author and 16x Amazon bestseller. She launched, owned, and operated two independent TV stations in Houston and Dallas Texas: Houston (Channel 51) and Dallas ( Channel 55). Melanie started her career as a News Anchor in Detroit at Channel 20 after she won the title of Miss Michigan and was first runner up to Miss America. Melanie has a background in Media, Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising. She has been in front of, as well as behind the camera. She was a News Anchor, Producer, Writer, Public Relations, Promotions, TV ad sales, Programming negotiations and Financial Strategist. She has done business with Warner Brothers, Disney, King World and MGM Studios. In addition, to creating and developing successful businesses she has created award winner advertising campaigns.
Melanie is the CEO and co-owner of Elite Online Publishing. They publish, market and promote nonfiction books for business owners and athletes to create expert authority status for marketing impact and influence. She is passionate about sharing people’s stories that educate, motivate and inspire. She is honored to work one on one with their authors to create the best strategies for their book creation, marketing, and social media.
Melanie was honored to be a TEDx speaker in Sugarland Texas in 2016, where she spoke on the importance of leaving a legacy. She is the co-host of the Elite Expert Insider podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and has a YouTube channel.
She got her feet wet in the luxury building and design industry when she was the general contractor and developer for her personal 25,000 square foot home known as “The Houston Mansion” and her 13,000 square foot summer home in Petoskey, Michigan “The Walloon Lake House.” During the economic downturn, Melanie turned both of these properties into successful Luxury Vacation and Event Rental Properties and continues to invest and develop real estate.
She is the CEO of Charity Auction Consignments. Melanie graciously donates her Villa in the Dominican Republic along with her other properties to help raise money for children’s issues, health, education, and animals. She works with numerous charities including Texas Children’s Hospital, Citizens for animal protection, Fanatical Change Foundation, Just Like My Child Foundation and a variety of private schools.
Melanie graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in communications and was the first girl to receive a varsity letter in a boys sport in the state of Michigan. She lives in Houston, Texas and is originally from Michigan. She is enjoying raising her two sons, who keep her motivated and young. She loves the beach, traveling and spending time with her family.