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


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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, a Certified International Investigator (“CII”) by the Council of International Investigators – where she is also Secretary and Member of the Board, a Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFE”) and a 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); and Top 25 Young Professionals from ColoradoBiz Magazine (2018).


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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