Julius has executive experience in the real world.
He founded parent company Melentree with subsidiaries Realty, Advertising and Medatarax HealthCare Solutions. He currently holds a Real Estate Broker license, an Advanced Cybersecurity Certificate from the University of Phoenix and A+ / Net+ CompTia certificates earned while attending the Digital Design and Network Support programs at TECO (now Osceola Technical College). Julius is currently the Network Administrator/IT Director for PBM Specialties headquartered in the heart of district 43 near Poinciana's new Sunrail station.
After graduating from Poinciana High School, Julius received an AA degree from Valencia College, a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from UCF, a second bachelor's degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix and an MBA from the University of Phoenix South Orlando campus. He is currently enrolled in Valencia College's technical certificate program with a specialization in computer programming.
Julius's real estate experience began with an appointment to the Osceola County Parks & Recreation Committee, the Value Adjustment Board, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Board and Osceola County Association of Realtors Grievance Committee.
Julius understands that our businesses and taxpayers must respect and value education. Every person should have the opportunity to raise their standard of living by being properly prepared and technically able to work in the high wage industries of the future.
Sgt. Melendez enlisted in the Army National Guard basic training at Ft Benning, GA and graduated from Ft. Sam Houston, TX as a combat medic with the 2/124th Infantry Regiment based out of Orlando, FL. His infantry unit deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom in 2003. They were stationed throughout Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq with initial assignments to defend Patriot Missile Batteries.
During Florida's unprecedented 2004 hurricane season, his unit was activated to provide security, hand out food and water, and to assist local law enforcement with traffic control and other duties.
In 2010, as a member of the 2/116th Field Artillery Regiment based out of Lakeland, his new unit deployed again to Iraq, this time in support of the draw down of major combat forces. Sgt Melendez was tasked with Convoy Escort Teams to provide security and medical assistance as the personnel and logistics were moved from Iraq to the ports in Kuwait.
In 2016, US Congressman Darren Soto appointed Julius to his Veterans Advisory Committee and subsequently to the US Air Force Academy Nominating Board. Julius is proud of Congressman's Soto's initiative to have an office with attentive staff to help our local veterans in need at the Lake Nona VA Hospital. Unfortunately, the VA is fighting back and rejecting the increased transparency and accountability. We hope the President does not continue wavering when our disabled veterans could use the help of our congress at VA clinics and hospitals.
Julius was elected as Vice Chair of the Osceola County School Board during one of the worst recessions that experienced drastic cuts in state funding, local property tax decreases and the reduction in the collection of impact fees and federal grants. Other school districts across the nation were forced to close down schools and massively layoff teachers to balance the budget.
The board was collectively able to balance the budget without a single school closure, no mass layoffs, no increases in sales tax, and was even able to maintain a positive working relationship with our unions - both the teamsters and teachers. As a matter of fact, during the selection process of nominating a new school superintendent, Julius proposed and was able to convince the school board to allow a representative from each union to actively participate as selection committee members short listing the potential candidates.
Another accomplishment that he is proud of is the creation of a professional development program were local teachers who desire to become a principal one day could attend a master's degree program in education leadership taught right here in Osceola County at our administrative offices and assigned a mentor to see them through to completion.
When Julius co-founded an advertising agency over ten years ago, he was a creative director and copywriter. He co-produced and co-wrote a Spanish language television series entitled Puntos de Vista, a feature length-film by Buddy Dolan entitled Point of Contact, and an indie film shot in Central Florida called Gatorman.
Julius was an active member of the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association who advocated in Tallahassee with then film commissioner Paul Sirmons for the Film in Florida reimbursable tax credits (money that was spent by the production companies and verified that they were used in Florida before any taxpayer dollars were dispersed).
Unfortunately, the powers that be in the state capitol failed to see the benefit of employing our labor unions, the purchasing and rental of specialized equipment, and the marketing our great State with added heads in beds for local area hotels.
After returning from his first tour of duty in Iraq, Julius was constantly asked about his experiences during the war. As a result, he wrote an original screenplay that was published as a novel by Legacy Publishing entitled Rivers of Sand. The fictional story highlights the transition of a combat medic from a theater of war to civilian life. Julius has since followed up with a sequel and another original screenplay entitled Equal Assets. Proceeds from the sale were donated to the Osceola County Education Foundation.
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