Katie Melissa Ryan

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Katie Melissa Ryan
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Born (1993-11-26) November 26, 1993 (age 30)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materMonterey Peninsula College
  • Elite Automation (Founder & CEO)
  • Tanzanite AI Solutions (Co-founder)

Katie Melissa Ryan (born November 26, 1993) is an American digital entrepreneur, e-commerce seller, e-commerce coach, and social media influencer.[1] She is the founder of Elite Automation, a Done-For-You Amazon store company, and the founder and CEO of Tanzanite AI Solutions, which offers AI-powered solutions for businesses.[2]

Melissa is a renowned Amazon seller and an expert in developing and expanding online businesses on a global scale.[3] She is highly regarded for her insights and proven methodologies in the e-commerce domain.[4] She is the creator of the Amazon masterclass “Blessed To Sell,” empowering entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills to establish their online e-commerce stores on Amazon, Shopify, eBay, Walmart, and Etsy.[5]

Early life and education

Melissa was born in Massachusetts and later moved to Carmel, California, at age 6. She completed her primary and secondary education within the Carmel school system. In 2015, Melissa earned a degree in psychology from Monterey Peninsula College. In 2020, she furthered her education at Columbia Business School, focusing on banking, finance, and corporate law.


After graduation, Melissa launched an online retail store on Amazon. The store surpassed $10,000 in sales within its inaugural month.[6] Over the years, Melissa has expanded her portfolio, managing multiple eCommerce stores and overseeing client operations on platforms such as Shopify, Etsy, and eBay, collectively amassing eight figures in revenue.[7][8]

Functioning as an e-commerce business mentor and coach, Melissa is the creator of the Amazon masterclass "Blessed To Sell," designed to empower early-stage entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills for establishing successful online retail businesses.[9] This comprehensive program covers topics ranging from navigating seller platforms to advanced selling models, product research, outsourcing, and business psychology. Since its inception in 2016, Blessed To Sell has guided over 600 students across ten countries.[10][11]

In 2020, Katie Melissa founded Elite Automation, providing e-commerce automation services. The company creates and manages automated Amazon FBA stores for clients.[12] The company's strategic partnerships with major brands facilitate the provision of hot-selling products, ensuring clients benefit from passive income streams, while Elite Automation handles all aspects of store management.[13]

In 2023, Melissa co-founded Tanzanite AI Solutions. The company provides AI-powered products and solutions across various sectors, including eCommerce, military, hospitality, healthcare, security, and social media marketing.[14]

Melissa's career includes a stint in digital marketing, where she played pivotal roles at Sentry Alarm Systems and West Coast Lover.[15] In 2017, she launched and served as the managing partner at Starbound Marketing.[16] The company aimed to enhance the online visibility and presence of clients' businesses by providing social media marketing and advertising services.[17]

In 2022, Melissa acquired NIOGIO, a Google-certified marketing and advertising agency.[18] This award-winning agency specializes in business startups, comprehensive business solutions, marketing, advertising, graphic design, SEO, brand creation, social media management, and website design and development.[19]

Beyond entrepreneurship, Melissa is a contributing writer for USA News, offering insights into eCommerce, artificial intelligence, and online business trends.[20] Additionally, she has made notable contributions to the modeling and influencer industry, having modeled for West Coast Leather, Dizon Modeling and Talent Agency, and Neon Model Management.[21]

As an Instagram influencer and YouTube content creator, Melissa features Amazon selling, travel, eCommerce business tips, and entrepreneurship content, garnering over 4.4K subscribers and 246K followers on YouTube and Instagram, respectively.[22]

Throughout her career, Melissa has been featured and interviewed by various publications, including Entrepreneur, Market Insider, Mashable, Yahoo Finance, Maxim Magazine, US Reporter, and Kivo Daily, among several others.[23] She has also been quoted for her e-commerce stores' business insights in the US Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Bullas, and Get Your Gusto Back.[24]

Personal life

Melissa resides in Carmel, California. She is an avid traveler who documents her adventures on various social media platforms.


In the media



  1. "Katie Melissa Review". reevyew.com. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  2. "Top 10 Entrepreneurs & Business Experts Of 2022 - Maxim". www.maxim.com. 29 October 2022. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  3. "TOP ENTREPRENEURS TO FOLLOW IN 2021 – The USA Reporter". theusareporter.com. 23 November 2023. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  4. "Katie Melissa Finds the Freedom a 9-to-5 Job Can't Provide - US Reporter". usreporter.com. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  5. "Katie Melissa Shares Her Secrets To Buying A Profitable Amazon Store". usanews.com. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  6. "Top Ecommerce Experts Share Their Ideas To Increase Sales This Holiday Season". wpblog.com. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  7. "Katie Melissa Drops Gold Marketing & E-Commerce Tips - Future Sharks". futuresharks.com. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  8. "Katie Melissa is Generating Her Clients' Passive Income With Amazon FBA - Influencive". www.influencive.com. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  9. "Katie Melissa Equips Professionals and Students to Become Successful Entrepreneurs - New York Weekly". nyweekly.com. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  10. "The Top 5 E-commerce Coaches Thriving in 2020". Yahoo Finance. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  11. "Katie Melissa - Wiki, Birthday, Age, Carer, Family, Education". Wikiake. 4 January 2022. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  12. Mcgurie, Kendal (1 September 2020). "Katie Melissa Opens Opportunities for Online Entrepreneurs". Medium. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  13. "Katie Melissa Revolutionizes Online Selling with Amazon Elite Automation - New York Wire". nywire.com. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  14. "Amazon Elite Automation: Delivering Hands-Off Results and Continuous Passive Income - LA Wire". lawire.com. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  15. Blankenship, Michael (30 August 2018). "5 Psychological Principles You Can Use To Convert More Website Visitors". Jeffbullas's Blog. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  16. Derhy, Inspiring True Stories with Marco (27 March 2022). ""Learn That You Have To Give Up Control If You Want To Scale" Exclusive Interview with Katie…". Authority Magazine. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  17. Orendorff, Aaron (7 April 2017). "Struggling to lead? Turns out, people like being treated like people (here's how)". Mashable. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  18. "Katie Melissa Is Taking the E-Commerce World by Storm - New York Weekly". nyweekly.com. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  19. Resnick, Nathan (21 June 2017). "12 Awesome Tips From Ecommerce Experts". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  20. "Katie Melissa Rises in the Ever-Saturated E-commerce Industry - Kivo Daily". kivodaily.com. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  21. Derhy, Inspiring True Stories with Marco (30 June 2022). ""I dropped out of school to dedicate more time to growing my first e-commerce store," — here's…". Medium. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  22. Sullivan, Victoria (25 January 2018). "Seller Spotlight: Q&A with Amazon Selling Superstar Katie Melissa Ryan". Payability. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  23. Fallon, Nicole (30 October 2019). "Pros and Cons of Business Partnerships". www.uschamber.com/co/. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  24. "Katie Melissa Builds Clients Stores, Helping them Achieve Success in E-Commerce". sg.style.yahoo.com. 30 September 2021. Retrieved 9 December 2023.

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