Melissa Dean
Executive in Transition

Daytime MBA

Class of 2004






San Francisco Bay Area


Melissa recently left her position as COO/CFO of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment after 12 years and is looking for her next adventure in the Bay Area. She hopes to secure a position in a strategy or corporate development role at a company using blockchain in internet of things (IoT), digital rights management, financial services, or other transaction verification.

While at Turnkey, Melissa negotiated all licenses with service providers that drove Turnkey's technology and created and maintained product licensing/services agreements with Turnkey's customers. Internally, she supported the Turnkey product development team in defining product requirements, product pricing, and product support strategies. In addition, she maintained the lead role in managing the company's human resources, including benefits, talent screening, hiring, and performance management.

Melissa is also the cofounder of Oppidan Properties, a real estate investment and property management company. The principal areas of investment are in Philadelphia, but Melissa is looking to expand into other regions.

Before joining Turnkey, Melissa worked for seven years in Europe and the U.S. at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in financial services industries. Melissa holds BS degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southern California. Melissa currently resides in San Mateo, California with her husband, Adam Elboim MBA '04, a fellow Duke MBA. Melissa was honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the recipients of the Minority Business Leader Award Class of 2015.