GABRIELA MELLO has won the U.S. Small Business Administration Fresno District Office’s 2013 Central California Financial Services Champion of the Year Award. Mello works as a Wells Fargo community development officer covering five counties in Central California. She was nominated for the honor by Mission Community Services Corp. and the Women’s Business Center, in San Luis Obispo. Mello started her financial services career as a bank teller and was later promoted to manage several Central Valley bank branches.