Move solves growing pains for investigative firm

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Jennifer Mellon, president, and husband, Danny Boice, CEO, co-founded Trustify in 2015.

Trustify hosted a housewarming party in April to celebrate its move from Washington, D.C., to Arlington.

Launched in 2015, the company’s website connects “individuals and businesses with highly trained private investigators nationwide,” says CEO Danny Boice, who co-founded Trustify with his wife, Jennifer Mellon, the company’s president.  

The company home­page asks the user to begin the process by completing this sentence, “I need to ____”  by choosing from a drop-down menu of possible  investigations: “infidelity/cheating;  make sure my kids are safe; locate someone; run background checks; investigate fraud of assets; check data breach; find out something else.”

Now the employer of 35 people, the company has grown rapidly during the past two years, making it necessary to find a larger space. “It was important that we create an office that would also be a ‘home away from home’ for our team,” Boice says.

It was also crucial that Trustify had “sufficient staff to meet our clients’ needs,” Boice says. “Our new office space in Arlington allows us the space we need to continue growing.” 

Priorities during the search phase included a convenient location, a thriving community and sufficient space to incorporate elements such as wellness rooms, a kitchen and living room/library space.

“This is an incredible place for startups,” says Boice of Arlington’s advantages, ranging from its economic incentives to an innovative workforce. “We knew we wanted to be in the Arlington/Washington, D.C., area.”

Trustify is leasing 10,000 square feet in Arlington’s Crystal City neighborhood. “This is an incredible neighborhood of like-minded entrepreneurs,” says Christina Winn, director of business investment for Arlington Economic Development.

Crystal City’s central location and access to the Metro, Metro Bus and the Virginia Railway Express train was a plus for the company.  

“It’s an easy commute for young talent living in D.C. who don’t have cars as well as to those who live further out and might be hesitant to battle the congestion in and around D.C.,” says Boice, who lives in Arlington with his family.

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