Melissa Rose, Founder & CEO, has a true passion to help small to midsize businesses grow, scale and streamline their financial operations. By incorporating her outgoing personality, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and decades of experience leading finance and accounting teams within both start-up ventures and large organizations, make her the ideal financial partner.
Melissa first pursued her finance and accounting career in the entertainment, media and technology industry. In 2008, Prior to launching MelRose CFO Services, Melissa served as the Controller of EPIX, a premium television and digital entertainment network subscription service and a joint venture of Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate. She was one of the founding members of the management team to launch the network and grow the organization. After raising an impressive $258 million, the company was cash flow positive within just 14 months of launch, achieved profitability within 26 months, grew to $500 million of annual revenues and reached a market value of over $1.2 billion. Melissa led the development of the finance infrastructure including financial reporting, planning and analysis, budgeting, accounting policies, operating procedures, internal controls and ERP system implementations.
In addition to Viacom and EPIX, Melissa held positions at Home Box Office, where she successfully led the financial infrastructure, reporting and FP&A for Picturehouse Films, held positions at Time Warner in its Internal Reporting group as well as over 3 years in public accounting at a leading firm.
Melissa also currently serves as Co-Treasurer on the Executive Board of the Non Profit Women in Cable and Telecommunications NY Chapter where she supports the foundation in developing women in media.
MelRose CFO Services recent client experience includes Outsourced CFO Services for various SaaS, E-Commerce, Media and Service organizations and Essence Communications, where she led the team to facilitate their transition from Meredith/Time Inc., build their financial processes and reporting and their NetSuite ERP implementation.
Melissa obtained an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business in 2007, specializing in Finance, Marketing, and Entertainment, Media & Technology. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Binghamton in Accounting, is a Licensed New York State CPA and active member of AICPA and NYSSCPA.
In her personal time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and active son on Long Island, as well as traveling and camping. She is also an active member and volunteer at her community church.