Melanie Fernandez

Assurance Office Managing Partner


BDO Orlando Office



Executive Summary

Melanie Fernandez joined BDO in 2015 after her firm, Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP (C/F/R) became a part of BDO. Melanie worked with BDO Seidman from 1987 to 2000, serving as partner until the closure of the Orlando office. She and her colleagues acquired the office and formed C/F/R. When C/F/R combined with BDO, Melanie became the Central Florida Managing Partner for Assurance Services.

In her role as Assurance Managing Partner, she oversees assurance engagements and provides management and leadership to the Central Florida Assurance Practice. Melanie primarily serves private and publicly held manufacturers, distributors, technology-based companies and nonprofit organizations. Her understanding of what it takes to own and run a business is a great asset to her clients.

Melanie was selected for the prestigious Orlando Business Journal “40 under 40 Award” and was also recognized for outstanding achievement by the Women’s Executive Council. She also received the University of Central Florida College of Business Administration's Award of Excellence and was inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Association for Corporate Growth Orlando Chapter, Former President
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Florida Venture Forum, Board Member


M.B.A., University of Central Florida
B.S.B.A., Accounting, University of Central Florida

Community Involvement

Elevate Orlando
Track Shack Foundation, President
University of Central Florida Alumni Association
University of Central Florida Foundation, Treasurer