Maria Melfa | President and CEO

As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Training Associates (TTA), Ms. Melfa is responsible for managing the company’s global business activities and driving expansion efforts to continue to provide the highest quality learning professionals and solutions in the industry.

Since co-founding the company in 1994, Ms. Melfa, has been an invaluable business partner to Vic Melfa, Chairman of the Board, leading the way to the company’s success of being the largest provider of high-quality trainers and instructional designers to businesses in all industries. Ms. Melfa was appointed company President in August 2007 to focus on development efforts and to capture a larger market share of the multi-billion dollar trainer market.

In her seven years as President, Ms. Melfa has been a both a leader and key contributor in the company’s exceptional sales growth of 103%. Her insights in developing value-added service lines and recognizing key global market opportunities have led to the company’s international expansion, including the addition of an EMEA Sales and Operations Division, Fortune 500 client account development, and a growing presence in the government services sector.

Prior to serving as President of TTA, Ms. Melfa held various roles within the company, including Executive Vice President and General Manager. As the General Manager, Ms. Melfa oversaw all company business divisions including marketing, sales, trainer development, accounting, and customer service.

Formerly, Ms. Melfa held high-level management positions at Vitronix, a $75 million systems integrator and training organization. Vitronix operated seven training centers including the first and largest Microsoft and Novell Authorized training centers in the Northeast. In addition, the company was one of the first Authorized IBM and Sun training providers and the first Authorized Oracle Education Center in the country.

Ms. Melfa is a strong advocate of the company’s culture and core belief in giving back to the community. TTA established a Charitable Division called TTA Charity and contributes company profits each year to those who are less fortunate.

Under Ms. Melfa's leadership, TTA has received numerous accolades including:  Staffing Industry Analysts' Fastest Growing Staffing Firm list and Largest Diversity Firm list; Training Industry Inc.'s Top 20 Training Outsourcing Company and Top 20 IT Training Company lists; and the Top Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts list from The Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe.  Ms. Melfa has also been named to the prestigious SIA Staffing 100 list that recognizes the 100 most influential executives in the staffing industry.

Ms. Melfa holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.B.A. certificate from the American Management Association.