Melissa L. Greer, Ph.D. holds a Doctorate degree in Organization & Management specializing in Information Technology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN and a Master's degree in Business Administration. She has taught college level courses in business and computers.
She started barrel racing at the age of nine and it is her passion for horses and the barrel racing industry that led her to utilize her education in the promotion and business awareness of barrel racing competition and productions.
She currently owns and produces Florida Equine Athlete, a magazine for the barrel racers in the state of Florida, which provides story articles of different barrel racing events; informational and educational articles; calendar of events; and statistical information such as results, standings, and money winnings of many of the organizations held within the state. Dr. Greer is now producing the magazine into video broadcasts.
She also produces her own polebending and barrel racing organization and videos competitior's runs which are placed on DVD. It is a tremendous help for barrel racers in their training and/or to have for their video library.
Dr. Greer is currently working on additional books and is in the process of organizing seminars for women athletes to educate them on how to treat their sport as a business and utilize sponsorships.
Melissa was raised and continues to live in Florida. She had to take a three year break from competition so she could complete her Ph.D. studies and concentrate on business. In the meantime, she had to retire her horse that she competed on for sixteen years due to a leg injury and is currently starting another in barrel racing competition.