IFMA North Alabama

Member Spotlight

Melissa Musgrove
Foliage Design Systems

Melissa Musgrove grew up on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga where she naturally developed a lifelong love of hiking. After graduating from Converse College in South Carolina, Melissa moved to Huntsville with a degree in Experimental Psychology and started working in Vocational Rehabilitation.  She earned a Master’s in Counseling and Human Service Management from Vanderbilt University and worked at the Huntsville Rehabilitation Center, now known as Phoenix, for many years.  While there, Melissa coordinated a program called Partners with Industry where she helped people with job placement and also gained a lot of experience in sales.

Melissa first became acquainted with Foliage Design Systems 15 years ago when she started helping a friend with her plant business which led to a sales position. Melissa is now the owner after purchasing the company from her friend 11 years ago. She lists friends, colleagues, mentors and wonderful employees as her greatest assets in running a successful business. Foliage Design Systems of North Alabama is part of a national franchise of interior landscaping companies that provide customized plant care services for both commercial and residential customers. Their services include live plant leasing and maintenance, green walls, holiday decoration services, seasonal color rotation with exterior planters and special events. Melissa’s company is dedicated to defining their niche in building wellness and the value of bringing the outside in to promote better personal health. 

Melissa realized that professional organizations would be very beneficial in teaching her the concerns of her target audience so after serving in the local BOMA group for several years, she joined IFMA in February 2015. She immediately liked the multi-facets that these organizations offer: there are the monthly meetings/training in a group setting; there are the friendships that naturally form; there is the eventual awareness that help you understand and appreciate other professions. Melissa is now part of our newly formed Program Committee where she’s been a huge asset by taking the lead planning the last two monthly meetings. Way to go, Melissa!

Melissa’s daughter, Cade, is a Physician Assistant in Charlotte, NC. Her son, Rawls, is finishing his Junior or COW year at West Point. Melissa is a firm believer in work/life balance. She loves to exercise and play Old Time Appalachian String Music. She plays in a band, The Musgrove Session, named after her husband Tom, who was a great banjo and guitar player. She also plays in a ukulele band called The Peppadews.  When you reach the nursing home stage in your life, she may be playing for you! She also proudly serves on the HEMSI Board and the Greene Street Market Board. What a busy and accomplished lady!  We are very proud that she’s found time to be a huge part of our North Alabama IFMA Chapter.

Coordinated by North Alabama IFMA Chapter Membership Committee - Member Spotlight, Lance Harrison, Willoughby Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.

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