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Jonathan A. Melnick was born and raised in Baltimore City. He graduated from the University of Baltimore and advanced to their law school. His first entrepreneurial venture was the creation of a boy’s high fashion clothing store chain called “Everyman’s Son, Ltd.” in 1971. He sold the chain of stores in 1974 and began the Auction/Marketing firm known as Melnick Auctioneers. From 1975 through 1984 Melnick Auctioneers conducted auctions for the City of Baltimore and other municipalities throughout Maryland. In 1976 he negotiated the purchase of E.T. Newell & Co which had been founded by Ernest T. Newell in 1907 and is the oldest auction firm continuously serving Marylanders. The combined firms have become known as Melnick / Newell, since 1907.
In the early 1980’s he joined the board of the SIDS Institute at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Finding the cure for SIDS was personally important to Jonathan because his brother, Stuart Jeffrey, died of the disease in 1945. At the University of Maryland, he became close friends with the late Dr. Ronald Gutberlet and the late Dr. J. Tyson Tildon. He continues to serve on the board for the Center for Infant and Child Loss.
Jonathan currently serves as Chair of the Board of Civic Works. He also serves on the board of the South Baltimore Learning Center, which provides education for adults who are illiterate. Jonathan proudly serves as the Chair of the Board of Civic Works, which is committed to building a future for Baltimore’s youth through community service and skills development. Since its inception, it has assisted over 2,500 Baltimore area youths. He previously served as the Chair of the Children’s Guild National Foundation Board, which offers special education to students with emotional disabilities. Jonathan served as Development Committee Chair of the Morgan University Foundation Board, as well as Vice Chair of the Board of the Institute of Notre Dame, a girls Catholic High School established in 1847. Their mission is to continue creating leaders like their graduates Senator Barbara Mikulski and Speaker of the House, Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Jonathan also enjoys supporting regional theater, the local symphony and Baltimore’s own Enoch Pratt Free Library. He served on the board of Everyman Theater, a wonderful regional theater whose education outreach program serving inner city youths, provides many opportunities to learn about life while watching a play.
In 2001, a group of eight, including Jonathan created an organization known as WYPR and provided the funding to purchase the National Public Radio station WJHU from the Johns Hopkins University. Today WYPR, which stands for “Your Public Radio 88.1 FM,’ is one of the leading NPR stations in the country.
He is a long standing member of the National Auctioneers Association and has earned the designation of CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. Only 3% of the Auctioneers in the US have earned this prestigious designation. He also currently owns and operates three real estate brokerage firms known as the Buyer’s Broker, Inc., the Restaurant Broker, Inc., and Twenty First Century Brokers, Inc. He is a Maryland licensed Real Estate Broker, a Maryland licensed Real Estate Appraiser, a member of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors and the Maryland and National Realtors Association. He is the Chair of the Board of the Deer Ridge Condominiums in Roland Park and is proud to be President of the Dulany Homeowners Association in Steamboat Springs, CO.
One of the important commitments Jonathan makes is to provide benefit auction services to the following organizations:
Archbishop Curley High School • Coldstream, Homestead, Montebello – a community organization where Jonathan sponsors a “Movies In The Park” series during July and August.• The Village Learning Place • Suited to Succeed • Archdiocese of Baltimore “The Haiti Project” • Art With A Heart • St. Joseph’s Hospital • Mercy Hospital • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Washington • March of Dimes – Celebrate Chefs Gala • American Diabetes • Red Cross • Leukemia & Lymphoma Association • Baltimore Station – Shelter for the Homeless • BLEWS – an organization for blacks and Jews • Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. • Christ Church • The Torah Institute of Baltmore • Make a Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic • The Journey Home • House of Ruth