Melanie Merkling

Founder & CEO, Tightrope Ventures

Born and raised in Bentonville, Arkansas, Melanie Merkling is a well-known connector in the Northwest Arkansas business community and beyond. With a career in business and brand development spanning 17 years, Melanie has a proven track record of generating profits in startups, reviving businesses under financial duress across varying industries and helping companies secure and grow their business with Walmart and Sam’s Club. Melanie has worked with a diverse mix of clients, both domestic and international, ranging from tech start-ups to food producers to creative agencies seeking to grow their businesses.