Born and raised in Wyoming and Idaho, Mel relocated to Seattle after graduation from Idaho State University with bachelor degrees in Accounting and English.  His early professional career was in public accounting with Price Waterhouse as a Senior Audit Manager and as a partner in a regional CPA practice with offices in Seattle and Anchorage.  His public accounting experience provided the opportunity to view and experience a wide variety of management styles and industries.  Since leaving public accounting and during the last thirty years he has held a variety of senior financial and operational management positions with companies including CFO of Stetson-Ross, Controller and President of Sysco Food Services of Seattle, CFO of Food Services of America and CFO of Draper Valley Farms.  He has also provided financial and business consulting services to a variety of clients in the retail, wholesale, manufacturing and service industries as a private consultant.  He began providing management consulting services to Land Title and Escrow in 2013 and in 2015 was offered and accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer.

Mel moved to Skagit Valley in 1999 and enjoys living and working on a secluded forest retreat in the Cascade foothills.  He is actively involved in his church and has held several administrative positions.  He served four years in the Air Force primarily in Germany.

Mel and his wife Ann are the parents of seven children and seven grandchildren.