About Us

Experience that Yields Results

Owning a business can be greatly rewarding, but it can also be challenging, frustrating and lonely. Growth Team Strategies knows that business owners who surround themselves with a talented, committed and experienced team, make it easier and more likely they will successfully navigate growth.

We Know Growth – Our Team has Been Where You Are!

Doug Howard

President & Senior Consultant

Doug is the founder of Growth Team Strategies. He specializes in helping small business owners develop strategic plans, streamline processes, improve profitability, and navigate growth. His passion is working with business owners one-on-one to create and implement plans for greater profitability through business coaching.

Doug is an experienced Leader, entrepreneur and business consultant with over 30 years of success in leading organizations, starting new companies and assisting client businesses as they start-up, grow or transition. Throughout his career He has served in leadership in for-profit, non-profit and government organizations. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business.

Doug has had considerable experience in: strategic planning and growth strategies, seeking and obtaining financing for clients, creating and developing new and effective programs for businesses and organizations, developing and delivering business training programs on many topics, public speaking, teaching and facilitation.

Operations Team

Jackie Howard

Company Administrator

Jackie hails from Revere, Massachusetts.  After graduating from Revere High School, she jumped right into the workforce.

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She has spent her entire working career in the retail industry.

Having worked for several Corporations over the past 30 years she has developed her leadership and organizational skills by specializing in operating retail gift shops at Logan Airport, as well as tourist locations and sports stores in the Boston area.   Throughout her career in retail, she has had many management roles and responsibilities.  Her most recent role was as the Assistant Regional & Distribution Merchandise Manager for a national company, a position she held for 18 years.

As a Bostonian, she is an avid sports fan, having had the unique privilege of preparing stores for 12 very exciting Championship parade celebrations.

Jackie has also provided support and counsel to Doug for more than 50 years.

Kathi Fleck

Consultant

Kathi Fleck was Founder and President of LoneStar Design Build, located in the Dallas/ Ft Worth Texas market.

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LoneStar is a residential Design/Build remodeling company, servicing homeowners desiring an upscale turn-key approach to renovating their homes. The company started in 2007, with the intent of providing repairs, maintenance and handyman services. When clients asked for design assistance, Kathi found her niche by implementing design services, thus coordinating selections, color, space planning and layout along with the construction of the projects.

As Kathi grew her design-build expertise, she joined National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) and earned certifications in Universal Design and Kitchen and Bath Remodeling. Later, Kathi assisted NARI in teaching and redesigning the certification programs. She wrote a book for homeowners, taking them through the remodeling process: Renovate, Remodel… Relax! Take Your Home Improvement from “How” to “Wow”. Further training and development brought Kathi and LoneStar towards her goal of selling the business, when she joined Remodeler’s Advantage. During this time, she developed processes and stretch goals, positioning LoneStar for the end goal. The business sold in 2022 after growing it for 15 years.

Kathi’s prior experience centered in the corporate environment with Fortune 500 companies. She holds an MBA, and enjoyed her position as sales and management executive over multiple profit centers. However, Kathi felt the pull to “do her own thing” and started her entrepreneurial venture in the construction field, with a love for recreating houses.

Kathi recently retired and moved out the Dallas/ Ft Worth area to Bryan, TX where she’s enjoying family, travel and new puppies.

Kathi was a member of the Remodelers Advantage Roundtables program and was a consulting client of Doug’s for several years prior to the sale of her business.

Corey Stottlemyer

Creative Strategy

Corey has more than 20 years of experience building teams, developing creative strategies, and connecting people with ideas. 

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He has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit worlds helping clients share their vision and achieve their goals. He has worked for the State of Maryland, an economic consulting firm, and started his own public affairs and strategy firm. He serves as an adjunct instructor in the areas of economics and public administration at Hood College. He holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Washington College.

Blog Posts

Why Create a Budget for Your Business

Why Create a Budget for Your Business

When you own a business, the financial aspects of it help you establish security and help ensure you can accomplish the things you want your business to achieve. Let’s take a look at why budgeting for your business is important and how to create a budget. Creating a...

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How to Define Your Vision for Your Business

How to Define Your Vision for Your Business

One of the most important tasks you’ll complete as a business owner is creating your company’s vision statement. It can be overwhelming to consider all the different hopes you have for your business. It’s essential to take your most desired professional goals and fuse...

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How Can You Improve Employee Productivity?

How Can You Improve Employee Productivity?

When you only have a handful of employees, you need to make sure that they’re all doing their jobs efficiently to keep your business running profitably. One of the great challenges in that is that many businesses have their team stretched pretty thin. We have gone...

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Why Create a Budget for Your Business

Why Create a Budget for Your Business

When you own a business, the financial aspects of it help you establish security and help ensure you can accomplish the things you want your business to achieve. Let’s take a look at why budgeting for your business is important and how to create a budget. Creating a...

read more
How to Define Your Vision for Your Business

How to Define Your Vision for Your Business

One of the most important tasks you’ll complete as a business owner is creating your company’s vision statement. It can be overwhelming to consider all the different hopes you have for your business. It’s essential to take your most desired professional goals and fuse...

read more
How Can You Improve Employee Productivity?

How Can You Improve Employee Productivity?

When you only have a handful of employees, you need to make sure that they’re all doing their jobs efficiently to keep your business running profitably. One of the great challenges in that is that many businesses have their team stretched pretty thin. We have gone...

read more