Melanie Bamba, VP of Marketing & Business Development, RSI Roofing & Solar

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

“What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” My answer: Anything. Everything. What can’t you do? When you take failure out of the equation, everything has a solution.

What has been the most important aspect that has contributed to your success?

I am total Type A. All the way. I am driven, motivated and organized. I like efficiency, systems and problem solving. I love making things happen. But the biggest contributor to my success has been forcing myself to take a step back and slow down. It allows me time to plan, to focus, to recalibrate, and still be fully committed and ready to take action at a moment’s notice.

What’s your greatest challenge?

Sitting still!

What is your role?

As the VP of Marketing & Business Development at RSI Roofing & Solar, my job is to develop and strengthen our marketing strategy and foster strong relationships with our customers and industry partners. It’s something I enjoy tremendously because it’s a position that plays to a lot of my strengths.

Specifically for IFMA, I co-chair the Mentorship Committee (aka Fireside Chats). That’s one of my favorite things to do every month because I see it as an opportunity to reach out on an individual level to connect our members to the rest of the chapter. I’m also on Special Events, Membership and Communications.

What don’t people know about you?

I have over 3 years of accounting education and also served as the Treasurer for a different organization for another 3 years. I love P&Ls and Balance Sheets and budgeting. It doesn’t matter so much for my current role, but it is incredibly helpful when it comes time to work on my budget or plan special events.

If you could delegate one thing, what would it be?

Exercise. Because who has time for that??

What do you do to de-stress?

I teach or practice yoga. I get this overpowering sense of tranquility that comes with teaching yoga to others. You truly have to be calm in order to project calmness.

What advice would you give to other IFMA members?

Get involved and stay involved. That’s the best way to show people how you work and what you’re made of. It’s how you develop trust. And after you have their trust, that’s when they’ll decide to do business with you.