Mel Strydom


Mel was born in London, England and after 5 years in South Africa, his family moved to Los Angeles. He found his way to Alaska in the mid 80’s and moved to Homer in 1995 where he started an accounting services business. He owned The Grog Shop from 2005-2022. Mel is passionate for the caretaking and preservation of wilderness areas. Mel’s passion was developed during his youth while exploring the great outdoors of California from Death Valley to the high country of the Sierras by skiing in the winter and backpacking in the summer and fall. Mel has a B.S. degree in finance from Cal State Northridge. In addition to joining the Inletkeeper Board, Mel currently serves on the KBBI Board and served previously on the Pratt Museum Board.

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Mel Strydom