John Patrick Starling, Principal
John Patrick Starling is a graduate of the University of Baltimore , where he studied professional writing and publications. Prior to co-founding Smith Content, he served as vice president of marketing and Internet business for a major player in the asset-backed securities market. John has published in several genres, winning awards for his writing, and has taught both business marketing and creative writing. He is a lifelong martial artist who holds a Black Belt in Muay Thai (Thai boxing). His relationship to the martial arts has created a certain ethic, a value system and determination that he applies to his business practices. John has served on the Board of Directors for the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics and the Board of Governors for the University of Baltimore Alumni Association and he is on the selection committee of the Baltimore Incentive Awards Program. John also serves as an advisor to the nationally renowned University of Baltimore School of Communications and Design and The Partnership for Learning. John is an idea machine. He works with clients to help them identify and articulate their strategy and brand messages, so that they can bring their growth goals to fruition.
Emmanuel (Manny) Skevofilax, Virtual Chief Financial Officer
A Baltimore , Maryland native, Manny holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Finance from The University of Baltimore. His background consists of over 12 years of diverse financial services experience and includes formal bank credit training and service as a Vice President with a Top 20 U.S. financial institution. He has corporate lending experience in the southwest and western U.S. markets, with specialties in commercial business finance, real estate finance, and large corporate syndicated lending.
Manny lends his considerable financial management expertise to the Principals of Smith Growth Partners in his capacity as virtual CFO, and he is the Principal of PORTAL Finance Group.
Dawn Evans, Comptroller
Since 2001, Dawn Evans has served as comptroller for Smith Growth Partners, bringing loyalty, honesty and integrity to her professional role. Dawn graduated from the University of Maryland , Baltimore County , with a degree in Information Systems Management. With her personal philosophy, “Do it right the first time,” Dawn offers a high level of accountability and accuracy that is critical to Smith Growth Partners.