ALTADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Blue Marble Game Company today announced the appointment of Melanie Hardin to the role of Senior Advisor. Blue Marble Game Co, with its emphasis on the development of therapeutic neurogaming software has been in growth mode since its incubation at the Business Technology Center in 2014. The latest in a run of executive appointments, Ms. Hardin, who is a partner in the San Marino Venture Group, will focus her efforts on advising on growth strategy, marketing and potential funding opportunities as well as executive coaching.
“As a member of our advisory board, Melanie has shown an amazing ability to grasp what our potential is as a company and help us achieve our goals, through organic growth as well as in partnership with other important players” said Blue Marble’s CEO, Sheryl Flynn PT, PhD. “She has an uncanny talent for identifying opportunities to add value which, along with her extensive capital markets experience, resonates with investors and enterprise partners.”
“Blue Marble is in such an exciting time in its growth,” said Ms. Hardin. “I look forward to bringing my talents to bear in identifying and helping implement a strategy to maximize the value of this company and take it to the next stage.”
Blue Marble Co., which just recently announced a Department of Defense research grant of nearly one million dollars, is poised to become one of the premiere disruptive health related digital game design/development studios. The firm’s strategy is to combine the strengths of empirical evidence with entertainment to improve health and wellness, with a goal of enhancing rehabilitation and wellness by developing digital games that make rehabilitation more fun, meaningful, engaging and cost-effective.
ABOUT MELANIE HARDIN:
Melanie Hardin was most recently Executive Vice President of Investment Platform Solutions and strategic growth for LPL Financial. LPL Financial is the largest independent broker dealer in the US, with more than 13,500 financial advisors and approximately 700 financial institutions and over $450B in assets. Melanie led the strategic expansion of LPL’s comprehensive wealth management services, which include the fee-based platforms, due diligence, field marketing support, and strategic relationship management with investment companies to attract assets to LPL’s custodial platform.
Ms. Hardin has more than 25 years of financial services, business management experience. Prior to joining LPL Financial in 2010, she worked for Automatic Data Processing as Division Vice President for Strategy and Business Development with a special focus on new revenue, products, and opportunities.. In this role, Melanie was responsible for developing and launching products and product extensions for a $1.2 billion Tax division. Before ADP, Ms. Hardin was previously a Director and Chief Executive Officer of the newly organized Charles Schwab, U.K., Limited, approved by the Financial Services Authority as a securities and options dealer to provide US securities business for the UK private investor market. Earlier, she was Vice President of Market Development for Wells Fargo Bank. Ms. Hardin earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of San Francisco. Melanie is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for FTV Capital, a growth equity investment firm and she is a partner in the San Marino Venture Group.
ABOUT BLUE MARBLE CO:
Blue Marble Game Co. is a digital game design/development studio that is transforming healthcare delivery through data driven innovation. Our strategy is to combine the strengths of empirical evidence with entertainment to improve health and wellness. Our goal is to enhance rehabilitation and wellness by developing digital games that make rehabilitation more fun, meaningful, engaging and cost-effective. Our comprehensive and cost-affordable interactive digital-health-game ecosystem improves adherence, is accessible, offers real-time analytics, improves communication across team members, eliminates duplication of services, and offers unbiased reports. This ecosystem is grounded in evidence based medicine and best practices that positively impact healthcare outcomes, resiliency, wellness and quality of life! Our system expands and enhances communication between providers and clients, to manage their care, and to track their progress in an effort to ensure therapeutic interventions are available anytime and anywhere.
Our games entertain, engage, educate, and challenge physical and cognitive skills for people of all ages and abilities. With comprehensive game performance, data tracking, and analytics our games do more than offer players rewarding entertainment; they also directly update medical professionals with their client’s valuable, accurate and detailed human performance metrics. Players can play the games anywhere at any time using a mobile tablet.