Our Team 2018-12-03T09:21:35+00:00

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

David Kelly

David Kelly, CEO

David Kelly, CEO with Growth Solutions Team (formally The Growth Coach of Greater Baltimore) is a proven resource and advisor to businesses. Offering Sales Training, Sales Coaching and Executive Coaching services, Kelly has worked with hundreds of businesses, sales professionals, and managers to improve results, strategic focus, and to establish well defined Corporate Visions that all stake holders can support.

Kelly began his career as a small business owner, along with his former business partner, with Insurance Marketing Concepts; an insurance agency and investment advisory firm. Kelly and his partner sold the firm after 4 years after growing to over 400 agents system wide while expanding the footprint to 26 States. He then spent the bulk of his career as the CEO of Liberty Mortgage where under his leadership Liberty expanded from a Regional Lender and Thrift to a National Lender recognized as one of the top producing mortgage lending firms in the Nation.

Kelly has served as Director and Division Sales Trainer for Jani-King, a privately held facilities management and maintenance firm. He is active in the community through involvement in local service organizations, and youth sports. He resides in the Baltimore area.

Barbara Larrabee, CMO

Barbara Larrabee began a sales career over 30 years ago and since then has co-founded and run a number of companies, served as a Marketing Executive Director for an international billion dollar manufacturer in the health and wellness field, started and ran both a training division in the IT Contracting and Consulting industry spun off and started her own recruiting firm in the same field. Her career started in the Financial Services Industry with Northwestern Mutual and worked residential real estate and her own marketing firm while in school at the Loyola University. Barbara has trained, coached and lead hundreds of professionals and business executives in her career.

Today, Barbara is the Chief Marketing Officer and Sales Catalyst for Growth Solutions Team (formally The Growth Coach of Greater Baltimore). Drawing on her vast sales and marketing experience, Barbara leads the charge for the Growth Solutions Team, and her clients as they work towards greater sales and profitability. She is the co-author of the book “The Perfect Network-OUT, Balancing, Creating & Living Wealth and Wellness”. She has a history of leadership in volunteer positions and boards including The Exchange Club of Highlandtown and most recently the Fundraising Chair and District Membership Committee in Rotary, Towsontowne Club. Barbara currently resides in Baltimore County, Maryland and is a proud Mom of her two teenage sons, William and Mitchell.


Philip Romm is a human resources professional with over 20 years of experiences. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Rochester, a MA in American Studies from Columbia University, and a MS in Industrial Labor Relations. Phil is also a certified human resource professional, holding the designation of SHRM – CP from the Society of Human Resources Management. He brings high level strategic human resource solutions to any size organization.

Jonathan Chiodo

Jonathan Chiodo, MBA, is part of our Special Projects-Banking division of Growth Solutions Team.

Jon’s extensive and successful banking career with M&T Bank as a commercial banker provides our clients with an excellent resource to navigate the commercial lending process, effectively.  His ability to act advise on corporate transactions,  structuring loans related to buy-outs, mergers/acquisitions, working capital needs, and owner occupied and investment real estate transactions is of great value to our clients.

Jon received his MBA from Loyola University in 2014, and his B.A. in Financial Economics from the University of Rochester in 2008. He also received certificates from the Simon School of Business in Accounting, Finance, and Business Law.  Jon currently is on the board of directors for the Cool Kids Campaign and is the co-chair of the Young Professionals Committee of the First Tee of Greater Baltimore. Jon lives in Middle River with his wife Amy and his son Bennett.

Stacey Karayinopulos entered the HR arena in 2016 and quickly learned the business of human resources consulting. Utilizing her previous office management experience and her knowledge of human resource principals, Stacey is able to assist business owners to tackle the challenges of their HR issues and get back to loving their team and focusing on your business. Stacey is former member of the Maryland Air National Guard and comes from a background of family
owned business.

Vernon Brokke

Vernon has over 35 years of experience in Sales, Management and Entrepreneurship working heavily in the IT world with start-ups, emerging growth and large companies including StrataCom (Cisco), ROLM (IBM), and Redline Networks (Juniper) to list a few.

Additionally, Vernon has been partner or owner of several companies including Jackson Hewitt Tax franchise with 13 locations and over 300+ employees, City Publications franchise, VTR Services, Growth Coach franchise owner assisting business owners, CPA’s and sales personnel on strategic growth and tax saving practices.

Vernon has won numerous sales and management awards throughout the years. He resides in Catonsville, with his wife Gwen. They have (4) children and (6) grandchildren.

He is the treasurer of the CCBC Catonsville Foundation Board and has served on the Lamb of God School Board and Vocations Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

His decades of experience serving as a CFO, COO and CEO, let’s him know firsthand, what information business owners need to make smart decisions and be successful.  His experience ranges from work with multi-national firms like Citibank to the community-based Freedom Federal, where the company received an honorable mention as Fast Company Magazine’s “Innovative Company of the Year”.  Whether it is guiding your company through an IPO, as he did with FTI Consulting, advising your executive team through a strategic planning session or your company through the next level of growth, he and his team are helping to develop a road map for your company’s success.

Our Strategic CFO Services Team makes up nearly 200 years of combined business experience in the field.  The Team’s industry expertise covers nearly every sector including professional services, tech, manufacturing, distribution, construction, retail, consumer services and health care. Taking the uniqueness of your business and boiling it down to numbers that make sense to the decision-makers in your firm.

George teaches multiple courses around the country for the AICPA (American Institute of CPA’s) and has taught Finance at both the graduate and under graduate levels at Loyola University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore.  He served on several boards involving at-risk children, including IC Orphans and Good Shepherd Services.  George received his MBA from the College of William and Mary, has completed a marathon and coached a high school baseball team to a State title. He resides in Towson, MD with his wife Martha.

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