Person of the Week: Melissa Hiatt

By BY BRITTNEY MANGUM,

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

If anyone embodies the statement by Ralph Waldo Emerson, it is Melissa Hiatt. She loves to help people and is extremely hard working.

Her father was from Clarke County and was in the military, so Mrs. Hiatt lived in various places growing up. She was living in Clarke County again when she graduated high school.

Now that she’s older, Mrs. Melissa has a family of her own that she is raising in Clarke County. She and her husband have custody of their great grandchildren, ages seven and eight, and they keep her busy.

“I stay busy,” stated Mrs. Melissa.

With one young girl taking art and the other taking piano and both constantly wanting to go and do, she doesn’t have much time to rest.  She loves her two girls more than anything, though.

“Those girls are my heart,” said Mrs. Melissa.

Outside of her family life, Mrs. Melissa has started her own construction company called Melissa Hiatt Construction. With such a unique job for a woman, Mrs. Melissa recalled when she started up her business.

“When I first moved here in 2006, there was no one willing to hire women with the skills that I can do. I can run all the heavy equipment and haul loads,” recalls Mrs. Melissa. “I knew what I wanted to do, so I started my own business. At first, I was just going to do paint, and I had a couple of jobs doing that.”

Over time, her business blossomed to do much more than just painting.

“I had worked with my nephew for a year and had learned skills such as tiling and trimming, and then I learned other skills on my own,” said Mrs. Melissa.

Now, she is able to do everything from roofing, laying floors, adding additions to houses, remodeling, painting, electrical work, plumbing, and welding. Her company is not licensed to build from ground up, but she now has it where they can do anything when it comes to renovations. With these skills, she has found that is a great project manager and organizer, and she works alongside her employees, demonstrating true leadership skills.

She loves to have big projects and enjoys being able to look back on her projects when they are finished and admire the work that was done.

There is much more to Mrs. Melissa than just working, though. In fact, she considers her love for helping others as her greatest accomplishment.

“I can’t turn down someone who needs help,” stated Mrs. Melissa.

Over the years, she has taken in multiple children as her own. She will also help some of the elderly with no one around to help them out by taking them to doctor appointments or helping them get different items that they need.

Her love for people and strong work ethic lead Mrs. Melissa to offer the best advice she can give.

“Never be too busy to take note of other people and their needs,” advises Mrs. Melissa.