melissa chastain, cpa*
I was born and raised in Texas, spending most of my life in the little town of Brownwood (and am constantly reminded how small our world is when I meet people who have actually heard of it). Coming from a long line of Aggies and being taught the yells and traditions from an early age, Texas A&M was an easy decision when it came to choosing a college. After spending three years in College Station and graduating with my BBA in Accounting, I moved to Dallas and started my career in Deloitte's audit practice. During my two years there, I worked on multiple engagements and specialized in real estate.
Starting in audit, I gained valuable technical knowledge and a better understanding of companies' operations, but I learned what I enjoyed most was the client interaction and helping them solve problems. At Embark, I love the opportunity consulting provides to make a positive impact on our clients and build relationships while improving their businesses.
Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my husband or at a dog park with my golden retriever, Beckham. Being raised in a small town in the middle of Texas, I never imagined living in a big city, but Dallas has become home for my little family, and we love all the exciting things it has to offer!