RIA in a Box® is staffed by leading experts in the investment advisor registration and compliance fields.
Our team consists of former securities attorneys, regulators, advisors, and top technologists.
A graduate of Montclair State University, Sola brings over a decade of experience and escalating responsibilities in the insurance industry. Sola has spent significant time volunteering at hospitals as well as the Boys & Girls Club, and continues to build his career in financial services as a Client Service Analyst with RIA in a Box.
Michelle was previously a Marketing Coordinator and Portfolio Project Manager for a national commercial real estate due diligence company, where she focused on marketing strategy and large scale portfolio project management for some of the nation's largest REITs. She graduated cum laude from Kent State University with a BA in Fashion and Marketing. Michelle is originally from the Washington, DC metropolitan area and enjoys running and yoga.
Scott is a Cleveland native and graduate of John Carroll University where he earned a degree in business administration. He then went on to get his MBA from Cleveland State University. Prior to joining RIA in a Box, Scott worked at OnShift, helping clients in the long-term care and senior living industry navigate their options for SaaS workforce and labor cost management software. In his spare time Scott enjoys weight lifting, going to the movies, and spending time with his family and friends.
Jametriss is a former State of Florida regulator. She spent 9 years with Florida’s Division of Securities working in Jacksonville, managing the northeast region of Florida; and in Tallahassee managing the south Florida offices (West Palm Beach and Miami). She also worked for FINRA, in their Office of the Whistleblower; and worked in compliance testing and mutual fund compliance for a well-known German bank. In all, Jametriss has 15+ years in compliance and regulation.
Will is a former manager of business development at LX.TV, a digital media content provider acquired by NBC Universal in 2008. Bressman joined the company at its founding and during its growth, Bressman helped broker distribution and content partnerships. Prior to LX.TV, Bressman worked on strategy and analytics projects at Good Morning America. Bressman holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and is a graduate of Harvard College magna cum laude with a degree in History.
Nicole is a Cleveland native and graduate of John Carroll University where she studied International Business and Spanish. Prior to joining RIA in a Box, she worked in a sales development role at a silicon-valley based SaaS technology company. Currently, she is working on earning her MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Cleveland State University. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Anissa, a Brooklyn, New York native, graduated from The Pennsylvania State University where she obtained a Liberal Arts degree and two minors in English and Psychological Science. Prior to joining RIA in a Box, she worked for BrainPOP and Scholastic where she held the position of Product Integrity Specialist.
Thomas graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a native New Yorker and believes that Brooklyn has the best pizza and bagels. When his eyes aren't glued to a monitor screen, he unwinds by going to the gym, playing an intense game of handball, or enjoying the occasional video game.
David’s career in financial services spans over thirty years. After working with several major Wall Street firms and banks, David transitioned to the public sector to work for the state of Florida assisting with the regulation of insurance and securities agents, broker/dealers, and investment advisers. While at the state of Florida, David served as the Tampa Area Financial Manager for the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and was also a member of a NASAA Auction Rate Securities taskforce which helped negotiate the return of several hundred million dollars in assets to customers.
Oriana brings more than 20 years of experience to the RIA in a Box team, most recently having served as National Regulatory Services' (NRS) Vice President of Sales since 2006. At NRS Oriana was responsible for designing and executing both long- and short-term sales strategies that align with the goals of the organization’s four key, regulatory compliance business lines. She brings extensive information technology, software and consulting sales experience to the RIA in a Box's growing sales team. Oriana believes in building client centric sales teams that take a consultative approach to meeting the evolving technology and consulting needs of clients of all sizes. In her free time she enjoys gardening, spin classes and hosting family gatherings.
Alex is a recent graduate from the University of Dayton where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree. She previously worked for Children's Hunger Alliance where she worked to design and implement programs to be enforced in various schools and aftercare sites throughout the Cleveland area. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Nick is a recent graduate from Baldwin Wallace University where he earned his Bachelor's of Arts and Sciences degree. He was a member of the Men's Varsity Lacrosse team and earned 4 letters during his time there. Nick is originally from Ohio, and he works out of the Cleveland office. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, golfing, and attending any Cleveland sporting events he can.
Christopher DiTata, Esq. is our Vice President and General Counsel. He holds a JD from NYU School of Law and a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. DiTata is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Financial Planning Association, and a licensed real estate broker. A former associate of Goodwin Procter, LLP and Babchik & Young, LLP, he brings a compliance and business law background to the company, with specialized knowledge in corporate governance and fund formation.
Derick is a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his bachelors of Arts and Sciences degree. He was a member of the Men's Varsity Lacrosse team. Derick is originally from Connecticut and works out of the New York headquarters. In his spare time he enjoys making music and is an avid sports player.
Jen was previously the Director of Institutional Sales at Equity Trust Company, a Cleveland, OH-based IRA custodian, where she led a team of business development and relationship management associates. Prior to Equity Trust Company, she spent over 7 years at KeyBank, where she led a team of Treasury Management sales officers focused on serving business clients under $30MM in annual sales. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Psychology, where she was also a member of the national champion cheerleading squad for both the men’s football and basketball teams. Jen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Akron with a MA in Communications. She is based out of the Cleveland office.
Joe has over 25 years of experience growing technology organizations, having held CFO and/or COO positions at firms including Digi-Me, Infogroup, Alterian and Open Port Technology. Joe is a CPA with a M.B.A in Finance from DePaul University and B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a Director – Emeritus for the Illinois Technology Association, having previously served as its Treasurer. Joe is from Chicago and loves sports and spending time with his family.
Before joining RIA in a Box, Natasha spent three years with the Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association as a Benefit Specialist, where she helped pension plan members plan for and understand their retirements. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver and is a published author in the realm of environmentally sustainable business practices. In her other life, Natasha is a professional actor and comedian, and holds B.A. in Theatre Performance from Pomona College. She spent many years performing with various theatres in Denver, as well as two seasons singing with Opera Colorado, and presently performs improv comedy regularly at the Magnet Theater. Any free time is spent attending to the needs of her very demanding and adorable cat.
Prior to Nikki’s role as Client Analyst with RIA in a Box, she came from 12 years’ experience in the plastics industry. Seven of which was as an Administrative Assistant on the distribution side, and five as a Supervisor and Executive Assistant on the manufacturing side. Most recent, she enjoyed a brief stint in sunny Arizona, working as a GM at a bakery franchise, Nothing Bundt Cakes where she savored the cake daily. She enjoys spending time with her two teenage daughters, dog, being outside in the fresh air and sipping on an occasional glass of wine.
Jill is a Cleveland native, and a graduate of THE Ohio State University where she was a student in the Honors College. Before joining RIA in a Box as a Sales Development Representative, she worked in restaurant management including heading the brewpub at Cleveland's own Great Lakes Brewing Company. Jill lived in Nashville for a short time before deciding to bring her talents and her cowboy boots back to Cleveland. She enjoys craft beer, fishing on Lake Erie, and loves Bruce Springsteen.
For the past 8 years, Chad worked for the State of Michigan as the Securities Examination Manager where he oversaw the examination program. While working for the state, Chad was also very active with NASAA, as a member of multiple project groups including Investment Adviser Operations and presenting at many conferences including Investment Adviser Examiner Training. Prior to working for the state, Chad spent 8 years in the private sector working for various broker-dealers and investment advisers across the nation. In his 16+ years in the industry, Chad has successfully conducted hundreds of examinations and investigations.
Ann is from the great state of Texas where she was a former regulator for the Registration Division of the Texas State Securities Board. Ann has reviewed and registered hundreds of investment advisers, broker-dealers and securities offerings over the years. She graduated from Texas State University with a BA in Business Management. While at Texas State, Ann was a 4 year member of the University dance team, the Texas State Strutters. Ann enjoys chocolate, wakeboarding and staying active with her husband and two dogs.
Colleen spent fifteen years with the Kentucky Division of Securities including eight years as its Director. She also served as Enforcement Manager and counsel to the Division and litigated both civil and administration cases on behalf the agency. While with the Division, she served as vice-chair of the NASAA Investment Adviser Section and as a member of the CRD/IARD Steering Committee during the time IARD was initially launched in 2001.
Riley is a graduate of Northern Arizona University where she received dual Business Administration degrees in Marketing and Management as well as double minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Post College, Riley lived in Costa Rica and worked as a Marketing Associate for EARTH University, a non-profit focused on Agricultural Education. Since leaving Costa Rica, she has lived and worked all over the US, holding various positions including Event Coordinator in San Francisco, as well as Chief of Staff in New York City working for a company under Young & Rubicam. Riley is joining the RIA in a Box team with varied experience that has led to a well-rounded portfolio. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, hanging with friends and family, traveling the world, exploring new cities and restaurants, and blogging about her many endeavors.
Meredith is a graduate of Ohio University with a BS in Visual Communications and Marketing. Before joining RIA in a Box, she worked for a publishing company as a Marketing Coordinator in Boston, MA, focusing on project management and social media strategy. Meredith tries to travel every chance she gets and enjoys spending time with family, friends and her two pups.
GJ previously worked in the investment management division of Goldman Sachs serving as a trusted advisor to a select group of high net worth entrepreneurs, families, and foundations. King holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a BA from Brown University where he graduated magna cum laude. At Brown, King was a member of the varsity basketball team and still plays regularly. He also previously held the Series 7 and 66 licenses. GJ is a Chicago native and currently resides just outside of Cleveland.
Grace is a Cleveland native and recently graduated with honors from Ursuline College. She received a degree in Marketing Communications and a minor in Psychology. She is based out of the Cleveland office and is excited to begin her career. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, being outside, and spending time with family.
Mike leads Product Management at RIA in a Box. He has 9+ years of product management experience developing innovative products for various use cases in fintech - from early stage startups in wealthtech, most recently Decipher Finance, to large company experience developing innovative data-oriented products in the financial services space at Dun & Bradstreet- as well as developing and launching industry leading products in the banking/ risk management space at Sageworks. Mike holds a BA from Yale University and MBA from University of North Carolina. In his free time, Mike enjoys travel, concerts, sports, and spending time with his family.
Marc works on the product management team at RIA in a Box. He has over 10 years of operating experience in product, operations, and client-facing roles at high-growth technology companies. Prior to RIA in a Box, Marc had increasing responsibility developing, launching, and optimizing products, solutions, and services at Sageworks. He holds a BBA in Finance from Baruch College.
Marilee is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development. She spent the last 2 years with Target, leading a 100+ team as the Executive Team Leader of Human Resources. She likes to spend her time outdoors, with friends and family, and giving back to the community.
Mr. Melkonian built his career in compliance designing AML (anti-money laundering) campaigns and creating due diligence systems for Wall Street firms and nation-wide broker/dealers. Mr. Melkonian brings a background in law, concentrated compliance industry experience, and a tireless dedication to his clients’ well being.
Rahul was previously an investment professional at The Riverside Company, where he focused on investing in small, high-growth companies within the software, business services, and healthcare segments. Prior to TRC, he gained significant M&A experience at Brookstone Partners (a middle-market private equity firm) and League Park Advisors (a boutique investment bank). Rahul holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Bowdoin College. At Bowdoin, he was captain of the varsity squash team and still plays regularly. Rahul is an avid Cleveland sports fan.
Brooke graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a dual major in Finance and Marketing. Before joining the RIA in a Box team, she worked as a Marketing Specialist for Invacare where she helped implement and launch a connectivity platform for one of the respiratory medical devices as well as assisted in launching a new marketing channel for the company. In her free time she enjoys exploring new places in downtown Cleveland, traveling, spending time with family, and finding new dinner recipes to cook!
Natalie has over seven years of experience in the financial services industry, having served in various director roles at Morningstar, Northwestern Mutual and Edward Jones. She graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a BS in Business and Economics and is currently working on earning her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Outside of work, Natalie serves as a Board member for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Young Professional Group and enjoys experiencing new cultures, traveling, and learning how to golf. Natalie is originally from Chicago and now resides just outside of Los Angeles.
Caroline graduated from the University of Mount Union where she received a degree in media studies and later attended John Carroll University and obtained a master's degree in nonprofit administration. Prior to joining the team at RIA in a Box, Caroline was an event planner focused on large-scale corporate events and weddings. In her free time, Caroline likes to be outdoors, read, and spend time with her family.
Dorothy is from the Lone Star State where she was a former regulator for the Inspection and Compliance Division of the Texas State Securities Board. Dorothy has reviewed and inspected hundreds of investment advisers and broker dealers over the years. She graduated from Texas State University where she earned her BA in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Administration. Before that, Dorothy was a member of the Temple College Volleyball Team where she played middle blocker. In her spare time, she enjoys country concerts, being at the lake, and staying active with her husband and son.
Maureen, a Cleveland native, graduated from Kent State University with a BA in Fashion. Prior to joining RIA in a Box, she worked for local public accounting and financial advisory firms in Cleveland. In her spare time, Maureen enjoys traveling, cheering for Cleveland’s sports teams and spending time with family and friends.
Sonya Reeve joins RIA in a Box as a Regional Sales Manager supporting Investment Advisers throughout the east with tailoring smart solutions for their compliance programs. Joining the team in late 2018, she brings over 12 years' experience after most recently serving as Sr. Business Development Manager for the National Society of Compliance Professionals (“NSCP”) where responsibilities included a variety of business development initiatives ranging from channel and strategic partnership development, exhibitor and sponsorship sales, communications and member engagement campaigns, and support to ad-hoc and working committees. Prior to NSCP, previous positions included National Account Management and Business Development roles with NRS spanning a 10-year period. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and two fur babies.
Beth has over five years in the financial services industry, working for Fifth Third Bank and Quicken Loans. She is a graduate of Ashland University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Business Management and Entrepreneurship. She spent the last 2 years with AML RightSource, an AML/BSA compliance company based out of Cleveland, Oh. Outside of work, Beth enjoys traveling as much as possible, buying more books than she can read, and going to as many dollar-dog-night Indian’s games as she can.
Jeff is a graduate of Ohio University where he received his bachelors degree in both Management Information Systems and Communications. He previously worked for a promotional products company where he held the title of Marketing Manager. Jeff also assisted the sales team in attending tradeshows and conferences across the country. In his spare time, he likes to attend Cleveland sporting events, play softball, and spend time with family and friends.
Jennifer joined RIA in a Box from Record Access Corporation, in New York, New York. As a legal assistant at Record Access Corporation, Jennifer worked on behalf of numerous defense lawyers , to expedite the process of gathering pertinent information for medical malpractice lawsuits. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and watching Crime T.V. shows.
Ben graduated from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga with a degree in Business Administration and previously worked with Staples corporate office as a Print & Marketing Account Manager. He joined RIA in a Box as a Client Support Coordinator and enjoys travelling in his spare time.
Steven is the Director of Sales at RIA in a BOX and works with individuals in establishing their own independent Investment Advisory practices. He provides guidance related to navigating the regulatory RIA application process and the essential RIA practice management components such as compliance, custody and clearing, technology, and E&O insurance.
Kin is the Chief Technology Creationist for RIA in a Box. He holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from New York University. In his spare time, Kin likes candle-lit dinners, long walks along the water by the pale moonlight, and rescuing both kittens and puppies from burning trees.
A portrait of Paul adornes every structure on his HayDay Farm where he rules with an iron fist. Paul holds a Master's degree from NYU in Computer Science.
Peter is a lifelong New Yorker. His experience previous to RIA in a Box includes building a startup from the ground up on the Operations side and assisting on the UI/UX of a construction planroom application. When not obsessively coding, he finds the time to coach marathon runners for charity, eat unhealthy amounts of pizza, and stay involved in the art community. Peter attended Cooper Union for engineering, and couldn't be more excited that he can speak on the East Village "when it used to be gritty and cooler" because of that experience.
Emily previously worked at Record Access Corporation where she gathered private information from insurance companies and hospitals during the discovery phase of a medical malpractice lawsuit. Originally from Southern California, Emily began her career at Kaiser Permanente as a Workers Compensation Claims Processor where she worked extensively with patients, employers, insurance agencies and physicians. Emily has a BS in Criminal Justice Administration. In her free time she enjoys traveling, photography and running in Central Park.
Jason joined RIA in a Box from the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner where he worked as a Senior Special Agent. In that role, he investigated alleged violations of Kansas securities law as a sworn law enforcement officer. He also worked in the compliance department, where he started with the office in 2011, conducting investment adviser and broker-dealer examinations. Jason served two years on the NASAA Investment Adviser Cyber Security and Technology Project Group dealing with issues related to cyber security regulation and recommendations for state registered IAs. Prior to working for the State of Kansas, Jason worked in the financial and insurance industries as an agent of a broker-dealer and an insurance adjuster. Jason is a graduate of Kansas State University with a B.S. in Operations Management, and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
Matt is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University where he received his bachelors degree in Finance and Accounting. At Baldwin Wallace, Matt was a member of the varsity basketball and golf teams. He previously worked for an RIA firm where he served as the Portfolio Manager while holding his Series 6 license. Matt enjoys playing basketball and golf and loves spending time with his daughter.
Tommy has worked in private wealth management in New Jersey and New York City since graduating from Loyola University Maryland with a degree in Finance. He previously held Series 7 and Series 66 licenses. In his free time, Tommy enjoys sailing his boat on the Barnegat Bay, traveling, and avidly following the Philadelphia Eagles. Tommy works out of the main headquarters in New York.
Born and raised in NYC, Joey graduated with a degree in computer engineering from Binghamton University. Prior to working for RIA in a box, Joey ventured to China for a year to work while improving his Chinese. When Joey isn't at work or commuting back and forth from Queens, he's at home with his 2 german shepherds going out for runs or playing fetch.