The ‘Melissa’ behind the company name, Raymond Melissa is responsible for corporate growth strategy and supervising business and new product development, sales, and marketing. A computer industry veteran, he co-founded several tech-oriented firms during the 1970s, including Eikon, Inc., and in 1974 helped launch Printronix Inc., a computer printer manufacturer. In 1978, Melissa also co-established Trilog, Inc., one of the first companies to develop a color printer.
From humble programming beginnings in 1992, Phil Maitino shot up to the top of the executive rankings with his extensive knowledge of Melissa’s many data quality-centric products and solutions. Maitino handles all software development, existing product support, and new product creation. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1991.
Chris Rowe oversees the Data Enhancement Services (DES) division at Melissa, assisting in web marketing, contract sales and negotiations, account distribution, hardware and software acquisition, FTP supervision, and new business development. Rowe brings more than 15 years of managerial experience to Melissa.
Another part of the ‘Melissa’ name, John Melissa is our Chief Financial Officer. He also works with accounting and pursues opportunities for mergers and acquisition. Melissa is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has worked as an auditor and consultant for the State of Nevada and a national CPA firm.
Bud Walker oversees Melissa’s expansion strategy, sales growth, and the next generation features of company products, ensuring our product vision aligns with market needs. With more than 16 years of development, sales engineering and product management roles under his belt, focused in the domain of Data Quality and Master Data Management (MDM), Bud evangelizes techniques for data governance in enterprise environments with regular articles, white papers, webinars and industry thought leadership. In his free time he enjoys hiking, big wave surfing, languages and traveling off the beaten path.
Greg Brown powers Melissa’s brand management, business-to-business, internet, and email marketing strategies. He is a DMA-certified Marketing Professional, and having worked for over 15 years on both the client and agency side, he brings a unique perspective to developing creative, results-oriented marketing programs to acquire and retain customers.
From product inception and development to quality assurance and technical support, Admound Chou makes sure Melissa is functioning smoothly and efficiently. Responsible for overseeing our collection of US and global products, he also ensures the correctness and responsiveness of sales engineering.
Rick Brusca is in charge of the day-to-day operations of Melissa’s sales department for data quality solutions and software. This includes our APIs, cloud-based services, and platform integrated solutions. Prior to joining Melissa in 1999, Brusca worked as an outside sale representative for Pacific Bell Wireless (now known as AT&T) and Verizon.
With experience in Office Management & HRIS, Bette oversees all areas of People Operations at Melissa. From recruitment to compensation to compliance, Bette makes sure the employee experience is a positive one. Moving the company to an internet based HRMS allows employees to track and manage their own “personnel file” so HR can now focus on employee retention, attracting superstar applicants, & supporting the company’s goals. Before joining Melissa in 2007, Bette held positions in office, accounting & operations management & attended Indiana University. She is an RRCA certified running coach.
Dennis Bedford joined Melissa in September 2013 and served as Director of Compliance until his appointment as General Counsel in June 2014. Among the areas he oversees are review of terms of U.S. and global contracts and license agreements, patents and trademarks, privacy and data management regulations, and internal audits. He is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Bedford received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA and has been admitted to the State Bar of California.
Daniel Kha Le, Vice President of Melissa’s newest acquisition, Melissa Informatics, runs research and development for multiple departments at Melissa. Daniel also heads our Database Group and Data Engineering Group, and is responsible for many aspects of business development including data ingestion and data management. Daniel graduated from University of California, Irvine with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Emphasis in Information and Computer Science, and a Minor in Materials Science.