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"It takes a village and we've proven to be a hardworking community," says Co-founder of Arizona Blockchain Initiative Melissa Armas. "I believe this is the right place to grow and build something better together."

What makes Greater Phoenix so great: Melissa Armas

What is your first and last name?  

Melissa P. Armas 

How old are you? 


What city do you currently reside in? 


How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix? 

Seven and a half years 

Where are you originally from and why’d you decide to move to Arizona? 

I grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, through the years I’ve worked and lived in St. Maarten, Antigua, and Dallas, Texas. I decided to move to Phoenix because of the climate, proximity to other states, and so I can use my bilingual abilities to make a difference. Phoenix is a younger city, and although we’ve been thriving for a while, there is still room for growth and opportunities. I live in Phoenix because I can work to shape it and see it reach its potential.  

What college/university did you graduate from and what’s your degree? 

University of North Texas. Hospitality Management, minor in Business Management and Organizational Behavior.  

Where do you currently work and what is your title? 

The Arizona Blockchain Initiative, Co-founder. 

What do you like to do in Greater Phoenix on the weekends? 

Brunch! Catching up with friends, movies, festivals. 

What’s your go-to staycation spot and why? 

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, for its amenities and food. 

What’s your favorite restaurant and why? 

I love the Chai at Fair Trade Cafe. It’s all about their ambiance and sense of community. 

What do you like about our winters and why? 

The weather is just perfect, what’s not to like? I love having so many options for outdoor festivals, concerts and events. Also, nothing beats boot and jacket season.  

What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix? 

ITS PEOPLE. Phoenicians amaze me with their capacity for vision and their disposition to collaborate. It takes a village and we’ve proven to be a hardworking community. I believe this is the right place to grow and build something better together.  

Please include anything else you’d like to share about what makes Greater Phoenix so great. 

There are endless possibilities to make it even greater. 



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