Founder & Principal
Melissa Banko is founding principal of Banko Design, a full-service interior design and FF&E procurement firm located in Marietta, GA with additional offices in San Mateo, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Amelia Island, FL, and Austin, TX that partners with senior living, multifamily, and boutique hospitality developers and management companies.
As Founder and Principal, Melissa oversees the day-to-day operations of a 50-person team of designers, interior architects, purchasing agents, warehouse staff, and office personnel. Under Melissa’s guidance, Banko Design provides an unparalleled level of design, service, and efficiency for its clients.
Melissa’s passion for design has distinguished her as an industry expert and advocate. As an avid supporter of Alzheimer’s causes and Autism Awareness, Melissa prioritizes community outreach and giving back. She mentors interns and serves as an advisor and juror for interior design students at various universities.
Melissa is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta where she earned a BFA in Interior Design. Prior to founding Banko Design, she worked in the interiors department at two prominent firms, Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio and tvsdesign.
Outside of the office, Melissa enjoys spending quality time with her family, long distance running, and drinking craft beer.