Mabel Melton moved to Miami in 1967 at age three from her native Cuba, growing up in The Roads neighborhood as her adopted hometown evolved into a vibrant, multicultural metropolis. Longtime residents of the Coconut Grove community of Miami, Mabel and her husband Dusty moved to West Palm Beach in December 2018, from where they business commute as necessary to Miami-Dade County. Mabel and Dusty have five adult children and two grandchildren.

At the outset of her professional career, Mabel served Miami-Dade County government in a variety of capacities. Beginning as a computer data programmer in the Office of the Clerk of the Courts, Mabel was the successive chief of staff for two members of the Board of County Commissioners before providing community outreach for PortMiami. Shifting to the not-for-profit sector, Mabel devoted her marketing and translation talents first to the American Red Cross, Greater Miami, and the Keys Chapter, and then to the South Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mabel’s exceptional people skills and attention to details underpinned her subsequent pivot to real estate. Understanding that every client is unique, with individual needs as well as aspirations, Mabel always invested the time needed to know her clients well and to fully understand their real-estate visions, critical components for a successful relationship and transaction. Equally important to Mabel were the careful research and preparation necessary to offer every client the broadest array of options, whether a buyer or a seller . . . that along with patience and persistence, which she has in abundance.

In early 2017, Mabel created Gryphon Partners Inc. to provide a range of marketing services to her real-estate clients and to Dusty’s government-relations clients at his Global Projects Inc.; later that year, Global Projects clients migrated into Gryphon Partners. Mabel and Dusty today represent clients primarily before the Miami-Dade County Commission, the County Mayor, and her administration, with a modest number of clients in the cities of Miami and Miami Beach as well as the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system.