MELISSA WELCH - Engagement Partner

"It's not about money or connections--it's the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone...And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time." Mark Cuban

Serving on the senior management team; Melissa is the Director of Client Development for Growthink as well as a Growth Advisor for Guiding Metrics. Melissa has extensive experience in business development, project management, operations, and organizational redesign.  Since joining Growthink in 2007 Melissa has been committed to fulfilling the company’s mission (and personal passion) to help entrepreneurs grow, start and exit their businesses. 

Melissa has developed and worked with a robust portfolio of clients and investment arenas to include: SaaS, New Media, mobile application, e-commerce, healthcare/medical device, consumer products and fashion/entertainment.  

Notable engagements include:

Expansion Planning for a chain of urgent care centers in Texas

Business Planning for Performance Management SaaS platform

Operational Strategy for $300M division of $9B manufacturing company

Strategic Planning and Investment Offering for well-known luxury women’s shoe brand

Opportunity  Assessment, Strategic Plan and Retreat Moderation for one of the country’s largest commercial and consumer collections companies

Business Planning for predictive dialing software company  

Melissa began her career in the healthcare arena with a start-up as one of the first ten employees for Los Angeles based Emerald Health Services. Serving as the organization’s Senior Business Development Manager, Melissa helped to grow the organization into one of the Top 20 healthcare staffing companies in the country, growing a client list to include many of the nation’s largest hospital systems. Melissa left Emerald to join the Lucas Group, one of the world's largest retained executive search firms. 

Melissa earned her Bachelor's in Legal Studies from Johnson & Wales University and her MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. Melissa is an active member of the National Association of Women MBAs as well as a frequent speaker for Youth Business Alliance and mentor for Fulfillment Fund, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization focused on empowering disadvantaged youth through education. 


What can I say about Melissa...Honestly, anything would be an understatement.  From the first call to the work she advises me with today, Melissa exceeds every expectation I've put on her and her team without fail. Melissa never questions, but just gets the job done with superlative results. If there is a question from her, it's only to clarify or correct. Her value and knowledge is immeasurable, and unsurpassed. She is deeply committed to what she does, and how she gets it down. Melissa, is not one to come up with "out-of-the-box" ideas or concepts, because in Melissa's mind.. There is no box. She puts no limitations on her creativity, ideas, or processes. She passes that philosophy on to her team, as she leads in a manner that defines Leadership. 

Thanks Melissa, and to Growthink for having such a valued asset on your team. 

Chad Roberts 

Vice President, Business Development 

Palio's Licensing, LLC


Over the years, I have had the pleasure to work with Melissa on various projects from start-up strategy, fundraising, web design and business plan development. Melissa has the rare ability to incorporate strong technical ability with a creative side that adds significant value to her clients. Melissa has become one of my most important advisors and I highly recommend her for anyone looking for an advisor that can quickly grasp your companies vision and turn your dream into a reality.

Jeffrey Stewart

CEO, Creative Capital Group 

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