Affiliate Firms

Vital Growth Consulting Group LLC is a member of Innovative Equity Strategies, a collaborative of professionals who assist business owners in creating and implementing a plan that allows them to successfully exit or transition the ownership of their business and maintain the lifestyle the desire. This collaborative consists of approximately twenty professionals and includes: CPAs, attorneys, financial advisors, bankers, business brokers, investment bankers, commercial real estate specialists, executive coaches and business consultants with various areas of expertise. Additional information about Innovative Equity Strategies can be found here.


Bill Howell is a seasoned professional with extensive senior management experience and has performed valuations of over 200 companies. His background includes successful performance with two closely held and family-owned businesses performing as CEO (non-family executive) and CFO. He started his career with a Big Four CPA firm in the Boston and Portland, Maine offices.

Bill has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Boston College and a BSBA in accounting from Bucknell University.

Additional information about Bill can be found on his website

Jim Horne is a visionary leader with a solid track record of increasing business profitability. During his career, Jim has maximized results through outstanding communication skills and motivational leadership.

Jim led three large companies to increase profits substantially, as much as 26% in five years. He built a reputation for innovation, responsiveness and success. Some of his recent accomplishments include:

  • Helped a family owned electronic component raise $2 million in refinancing to restructure capital, enhance debt structure and provide working capital to support their 3-year strategic plan.
  • Assisted the owner of a computer networking company increase his sales by $400,000 as well as triple his profits and double his retained earnings.
  • Helped a self-employed bookkeeper double her revenue and net business income has tripled with over 200 active accounts!
  • Assisted the principle of an engineering and land planning business establish an operational reporting process with key performance indicators, marketing focus and a team oriented approach.

Jim lives in Dover with his wife Renee. He has two adult sons, both living in Illinois. In his spare time Jim enjoys working out, golfing, skiing, reading and learning.

Additional information about Jim can be found on his website