Melissa Rene’ Balyeat was born in Alvion Michigan on April 11th 1969. To say the very least, Melissa nicknamed Missy, stood out from the very start. A natural beauty, Melissa enjoyed a successful modeling career where she caught the eye of our CEO and founder Richard Pearce almost 30 years ago. Over the years, Melissa worked with Richard coordinating and running major events, tradeshows and road shows for several of his previous companies, both public and private. For a number of years, life took them in separate directions but they never forgot one another and eventually reunited and married.
In June of 2012, after the sale of Richard’s last publicly traded company, they received the news that he was suffering from cancer and would need to undergo a long bout of chemotherapy. Because he had recently sold the company, they found themselves unable to obtain health insurance coverage. In order to make sure Richard was covered, Melissa being the loving supportive wife she is, immediately took action to utilize her well-earned business savvy. She accepted a position in the hospitality industry as a high level manager for Top Golf, one of America’s fastest growing companies. During her tenure at Top Golf, for three years in a row, she earned the companies’ top honor as Employee of the year over the other 400+ employees.
As The Frog reached the end of R&D and neared release, Melissa once again took her natural place at the side of her husband. She is his most trusted ally and is now responsible for all tradeshow and major events as well as managing the companies brand new, state of the art, training and sports learning facility.