Our Team

Melissa Starr

Chief Compliance & Operations Officer

Melissa gets a thrill from a tabletop covered in individual puzzle pieces just waiting to be organized into one cohesive final product. In fact, for Melissa, all of life is a puzzle and she likes it that way.

Her penchant for organization and her vision for how things work together suits Melissa’s role at the Corundum Group well. She is responsible for making sure operations function efficiently and effectively and also ensuring company policies are in line with SEC and state regulations. While the stakes are higher than a 1,000-piece puzzle on the dining room table, the satisfaction that comes from protecting advisors and clients is higher, too.

Unsurprisingly, Melissa has her own systems to keep the complicated work in order. She has highlighters in every color and uses an iPad to color code notes, her calendar, and just about every other aspect of her life.

Melissa’s credentials include a BS in Business Management and a specialty certificate for compliance from FINRA Institute at Georgetown. She also has her Series 65, life accident and health insurance license, and is a member of National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP) and former member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Melissa’s love for people extends to her volunteer work beyond the office. She has a passion for breaking the cycle of homelessness and advocating for children who have been abused or neglected. One of her long-term goals is to start an organization that brings together the legal, psychiatric, medical, and foster-care aspects of the system to create a safe, one-stop environment for kids.

Melissa married her high school sweetheart, Jared, and they have a bustling home with three kids, four dogs, and a cat. They bounced around with the military for years and made Colorado home after falling in love with the sunshine and mountains. Melissa’s dad leaned into his last name of Pittz and became the world’s biggest Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Jared married into the burgh traditions and together, their family enjoys game-day Steelers’-themed pancakes (complete with red, yellow, and blue frosting). Of course, they believe their traditions provide a little extra luck to their favorite team!

Best at:

Making sense out of chaos

Cares about:

Always doing the right thing