TillieStar Compliance Solutions was founded in 2013 by Joy Nelson (now Joy Langdon) with the desire to create a place of work defined by integrity and adaptability to the dynamic world around us. The goal has always been to deliver a high-quality product to guide organizations in financial regulation and investment compliance, yet also maintain the passion and enthusiasm for what we do and who we serve.

Launched by herself and her measly savings account, TillieStar started to take on a life of its own in 2015 when Joy was able to bring on board two high caliber colleagues both of whom are current members of the leadership team. Today, with a continued focus on building long-term trusted relationships and collaboration with select strategic partners, the company has grown to a team of more than 20 employees.

About the Name

The Tillie E. Starbuck, a 283’ fully rigged sailing vessel, was the first iron sailing ship built on U.S. soil. Starting in 1896, Joy’s great grandfather, Richard Nelson, worked on several voyages to and from Honolulu while serving as an ordinary seaman on the Starbuck. Richard eventually made Hawaii his permanent home, became a harbor pilot, and married a local Hawaiian. This ship was his journey for change.

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Our philosophy is all about the hard work, courage, and ingenuity it takes to get a client from point A to point B. We pride ourselves in providing the financial regulation and investment compliance guidance that our clients need to help them prepare and ultimately execute their journey for change.

Our Vision

We aspire to be the premier firm delivering innovative and best-in-class investment compliance solutions while being a best-in-class company to work for.

Our Mission

TillieStar partners with the investment compliance community and uses proven tools and methodologies in a way that promotes long-term sustainability to transform their operations.  



We partner with a number of firms that complement and extend our range of services while adhering to our high standards of performance excellence.



While our headquarters is in Boston, Massachusetts, we pride ourselves in our ability to service clients globally – either direct or via  partnerships. 

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • San Francisco
  • Singapore 
  • Europe 
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