40 Under 40, Class of 2015

Melina Ferrandino


Glendora Gardens Inc., Glendora, California

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Melina’s first job after college was successfully managing a 10-acre retail/wholesale nursery and piloting the business through a recession. Responsible for bringing together investors (including herself) to purchase the nursery that she managed for 15 years, saving the jobs of more than 20 longtime employees.


Practice, Practice, Practice: Melina is a trained Reiki practitioner — a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation.

Fun Facts

Favorite Read: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë. “I love the spirited vigor of Jane’s internal state and how she disliked the hypocrisy in the people around her … she was loved for her artistry and character rather than wealth and beauty. Qualities that I find more worthy of love.”