Hilton Global Associates

ABOUT US

A worldwide research firm specializing in bespoke, hand-crafted investigations for both astute and novel consumers of due diligence.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Founder/CEO Melissa Kelly-Hilton | Hilton Global Associates Investigative Due Diligence
Founder & CEO

MELISSA KELLEY-HILTON

Founder Melissa Kelley-Hilton is a seasoned industry executive specializing in global investigative due diligence efforts on behalf of governments, Fortune Global 500 companies, multinational law firms, commercial and investment banks, and asset and investment management entities, among others. Prior to forming Hilton Global Associates, Melissa most recently served as President of Bishops Services in New York City. Under her leadership, she grew the company’s revenue tenfold, and took the business from five employees to more than 100 and from one office to seven locations globally, including in Mumbai, India and Manila, the Philippines.
Melissa holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is a Licensed Private Investigator by the New York Department of State and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a Certified International Investigator (“CII”) by the Council of International Investigators – where she previously served as Secretary and Member of the Board, and a Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFE”) and Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Melissa is also a Member of the Investment Migration Council, the worldwide association for investor immigration and citizenship-by-investment.

For over two decades, Melissa has led tens of thousands of investigations. She has established and cultivated relationships with a global network of industry experts. She has also traveled the world sharing her passion and knowledge of investigative best practices throughout the industry.

Melissa has earned multiple awards and accolades from industry associations, including an Emerging Leaders Award from M&A Advisor (2016); Women in Wealth Awards for Best Due Diligence Investigations (New York) and Leader in Pre-Investment Due Diligence (2016); Leader in Pre-Investment Due Diligence from Wealth & Finance magazine’s Alternative Investment Awards (2016); Best Woman-Run Corporation from CV Magazine’s Businesswoman Awards (2016); Best Due Diligence Firm from CV Magazine’s Businesswoman Awards (2017); Maverick of the Year – Bronze Winner from the Stevie Awards (2017); Information Services EVP of the Year from Influential Businesswoman Awards (2018); Top 25 Young Professionals from ColoradoBiz magazine (2018); and Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Florida from The Commonwealth Institute (2022).
Chief Operating Officer Randy Shain | Hilton Global Associates Investigative Due Diligence
Chief Operating Officer

RANDY SHAIN

Randy Shain has been an acclaimed expert in investigative due diligence for more than 30 years, serving investment banks, funds of funds, endowments, foundations, consultants, and other investors. He authored the industry-defining book Hedge Fund Due Diligence: Professional Tools to Investigate Hedge Fund Managers. In 1993, he co-founded the market leader BackTrack Reports. In 2004, he and his partner sold the firm to First Advantage, where Randy helped grow BackTrack Reports to over 70 employees and led discrete investigations of 8,500+ hedge funds and 20,000+ executives through 2016.

Prior to launching BackTrack Reports, he held various roles at Bishops Services from 1987 to 1993, including Vice President in charge of operations. From 2017 to 2019, he was Managing Director of Operations and then Chief Operating Officer of Blue Heron Research Partners, an international qualitative due diligence research firm, where he helped create processes and systems that enabled the firm to grow from 15 to 65 employees, more than double sales, and increase profits significantly.

A frequent media contributor, Randy has been featured as a diligence expert in The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesForbes, and CNN Money. In addition to hundreds of in-person presentations with clients, he has spoken during engagements with The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), GAIM Ops (the world’s leading Global Alternative Investment Management event series), EuroHedge, and others.

Randy earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Marketing from Rutgers Business School. He is an advisor to several small- to medium-sized businesses, and in 2015, he founded One on One Mentors LLC, devoted to helping college students maximize and monetize their experience. In 2017, Randy authored 173 Pages Every College Student Must Read.

Global Security Advisor Peter Vincent | Hilton Global Associates Investigative Due Diligence
Global Security Advisor

PETER VINCENT

Peter Vincent is a recognized expert in global security, counter-terrorism, money laundering, international affairs, human rights violations, immigration, and more. In addition to providing independent consulting services to Hilton Global Associates, Peter is currently Vice President of International Policy at BORDERPOL, a global association of experts in border security and migration management. Previously, he was Head of Government Advisory at Henley & Partners, a specialist in citizenship and residency planning and, previously, General Counsel of Thomson Reuters Special Services. Peter served in President Barack Obama’s administration as the Principal Legal Advisor, Acting Director of the Office of International Affairs, and Senior Counselor for International Policy with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Previously, he represented the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. Prior to that, he served as counsel at Bechtel Corp., and as an attorney at both Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Garvey Schubert Barer.
Peter is a frequent analyst on television programs globally, including CBS News’ 60 Minutes, CNN, NBC News/MSNBC, and BBC World News. His editorials have appeared in newspapers such as the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Houston Chronicle, and the International New York Times.
Peter was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of California.
Vice President of Global Sales Bridget Bradford | Hilton Global Associates Investigative Due Diligence
Vice President of Global Sales

BRIDGET BRADFORD

Bridget Bradford brings over a decade of due diligence sales experience to Hilton Global. Most recently, she served as Sales Director at ethiXbase, a third-party risk-management software company. Prior to that, Bridget was Regional Sales Director for nine years at Sterling, a leading provider of background and identity services. Bridget started her career in business development at CEB (Corporate Executive Board, and now known as Gartner) where she sold best business practices research to the Fortune 500.
Bridget earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

EXPERIENCED STAFF

CASSANDRA BENVENUTO

Senior Investigative Analyst

MICHAEL J. DRABICH

Associate, Global Sales

KAITLYNN SWANBECK

Junior Investigative Analyst

WORLDWIDE NETWORK OF EXPERTS

Hilton Global Associates’ team and worldwide network of experts consists of a diverse and wide-range of backgrounds, including government intelligence, finance, law, investigative journalism and research, and include certified international investigators, fraud examiners and private investigators. We have extensive resource coverage in over 195 countries and territories. Our agents are available globally to conduct in-depth, manual investigative efforts as required in both English and local languages, to ensure the most comprehensive of results.

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