Success isn't a one-man or one-woman job.
Core Growth Strategies is ready to join your team.
Whether you need a consultant, accountant, advisor, or profitability coach, we're poised to build a custom suite of services to fulfill your needs. When you partner with Core Growth Strategies, you'll discover the benefits of cloud-based operations, and you'll have our certified, tech-focused experts to make the transition seamless.
We know it takes discipline and commitment to make a business profitable, and that's why at Core Growth Strategies, we are picky about our clients. We want to build relationships with teams dedicated to investing the time and effort profitability requires. We select clients who are as positive and passionate about success as we are.
President and CEO
Christeen Era is the President and CEO of Core Growth Strategies, an accounting and business growth strategy solutions provider serving small to mid-sized businesses across the US. With more than twenty years of experience in accounting and business consulting, she is passionate about helping small businesses flourish. Her “Type A” nature drives her to find, test, and implement tools and technology that will help clients achieve profitability and business growth. As a Certified Founding Fix This Next Advisor and Pumpkin Plan Strategist, Christeen helps her clients identify vital needs, streamline systems, build a solid team, and cater to their best and most profitable customers. As a certified Mastery Profit First professional, Christeen also provides her clients with proven methods to greatly improve profitability, while setting up systems that ensure long-term sustainable financial health. Christeen is also a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and Certified Accounting Paraprofessional.
Tax Planning Consultant
Mary Pierce is a Tax Planning Consultant with Core Growth Strategies. An experienced CPA, Mary has worked in the accounting profession for over 30 years advising clients in construction, real estate, and service businesses. She has advanced expertise in working with businesses in the construction industry. Her expertise in systems, procedures, information technology and human resources, in addition to core accounting and tax skills, give her a unique perspective to help her clients.
Mary graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science degree. She is a member of the Gold Coast Builders Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mary is married and has two children. In her spare time, Mary enjoys flying with her husband, gardening, and traveling.
Bookkeeper Administrative Assistant
Tedra Alexander is a Bookkeeper Administrative Assistant with Core Growth Strategies. With a natural penchant for numbers, Tedra brings her exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills to Core’s team. Efficiency and professionalism guide her work style, and her commitment to “getting things right the first time” makes Tedra an incredible asset.
Along with her husband and their two young children, Tedra lives in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The family enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible and are looking forward to traveling extensively once the children grow a bit older.
Viviana Martinez is a senior bookkeeper at Core Growth Strategies. She has years of experience as a public accountant as well as leadership skills from her time as a director at a major provider of health care services. She holds a degree in Public Accounting from the Universidad de la Salle in Colombia. Viviana understands the importance of having business financials in good working order and loves helping small clients grow. She has that rare and refreshing “think like an owner” mindset, giving our clients a strong foundation for making business decisions. At the same time, she is friendly, fun, and always cheerful.
Viviana lives in Coconut Creek, Florida. She and her family enjoy time at the beach and other outdoor activities. She is active in volunteer work as well.
Executive Business Strategy Administrator
Charmaine Henriques is the Executive Business Strategy Administrator for Core Growth Strategies, where she oversees our business systems and processes. A natural problem solver, Charmaine enjoys the challenge of optimizing Core's business office operations while being part of a team culture that is built on collaboration and continuous improvement. As the Acting Client Liaison, Charmaine also assists our clients during the onboarding phase, and ensures that they have all the tools needed for a successful client experience. Prior to joining Core Growth Strategies, Charmaine ran a successful interior design firm for fourteen years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, is passionate about volunteering her time, and loves art and design. She lives in the Tampa Bay, Florida area and enjoys spending time with her family while exploring her state’s abundant natural beauty, especially the beach.
Jaime Turney is one of our Accounting Strategists; she brings her vast adaptive experience, determination, organization, and detail-oriented mindset to analyze her client’s monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting. She will also be assisting with client renovations and building the solid accounting foundation needed for successful business growth.
Jaime and her family recently moved from Colorado to Wilmington, North Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys many hobbies including gardening, hiking, baking, canning, and spending time outdoors. Her outgoing and adventurous qualities, along with her listening skills, are a perfect fit for our team!
Team Success Administrator
Kim Mazur is the Team Success Administrator for Core Growth Strategies. Kim ensures that our internal policies and practices align with our strategic direction, drives high employee engagement, and works with Christeen and the rest of the staff to ensure a supportive environment where our employees and clients can maximize their potential. Kim has a master’s certificate in Leadership in Human Resources Management from the University of Virginia. She is also an ICF-certified professional coach and a certified HR professional. In addition, Kim brings a wealth of expertise garnered from many years as a vice president of user content development at a Fortune 200 technology company. She and her family live in sunny Florida with their two dogs, Buddy and Wilson. Kim is a member of her homeowners’ association, is an avid crossword puzzler, and enjoys indy music.
Etta James is an ambitious French bulldog who has installed herself as Office Manager and de facto “boss” of Core Growth Strategies. Nicknamed “the honeybadger,” Etta approaches all things in life with no fear. She is a risk-taker and a go-getter, and this is how she truly connects with Core’s clients. Etta loves to go on walks, play fetch, and boss her big brother Luca around. She’s passionate about eating cheese and following her favorite celebrity, Mr. Noodle’s poodle Schmoodle, on Sesame Street.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Core Growth Strategies has been providing us with exceptional services for over 5 years. Christeen and her staff are always reliable, consistent, and willing to go the extra mile when anything unexpected comes up."
— Yui Ueno, ICA Fund Good Jobs