Capture123123TAMPA, FLA., July 30, 2015 – Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, announced today that the Mele Storage Group will “trim the fat” amongst their team members to see who can lose the greatest percentage of weight. The challenge will benefit the Self-Storage Association (SSA) Foundation Scholarship program, which provides scholarship awards up to $5,000 toward postsecondary education tuition and fees. This is a need-based scholarship program for students with at least a “C” average or 2.0 cumulative GPA on the 4.0 scale.

Michael Mele, senior vice president, Sean Delaney, first vice president, Luke Elliott, associate, Robert Bloch, associate, Kevin Menendez, associate, Brian Baldwin, associate, Tara Paronto, director of operations, Brian Fulton, senior analyst, and Kelly Russano, analyst, will all enter the six week challenge, which begins Monday, July 27, 2015 and ends Friday, September 4, 2014 just before the annual SSA Fall Tradeshow and Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. “With the long hours and travel everyone has been putting in, our health has fallen to the back burner. We realized we needed to do something to turn things around and with the Vegas show coming it was the perfect timing,” said Mele. “This is a great cause to give back to and healthy is certainly better, but I’m just really tired of all the young guys in the office talking about my ‘broker body,’” Elliott adds.

Each team member will weigh in every Monday, and the results will be reported directly to the SSA for distribution to the entire self-storage community. The group will also post their progress on their social networking feed and their website at “It started out as a friendly competition in the office, then I thought why not use this as an opportunity to raise some money for a great cause,” says Mele. The Mele Group has pledged to donate $15 for every pound lost during the competition. “And I challenge our clients and friends to match the donation,” he concludes. #