Introducing The Team


Karen Stirling

Karen Stirling is a long-time business owner and researcher who bring decades of experience and knowledge to her role as a consultant, leadership coach, advisor and sounding board.

Leaders of multi-billion dollar businesses trust Karen Stirling's advice. She has served as company president, vice president, and managing partner of her own businesses and has successfully navigated many of the same challenges faced by her business clients. Similarly, she is a valued partner with philanthropic organizations, academia and nonprofit organizations and has extensive experience working with their unique needs. In her own business endeavors, Karen has successfully dealt with issues such as team building, strategic planning, budgeting, project management, client relations, and managing, leading and developing staff. Her professional career includes co-founding two firms, founding Stirling Advisors, Inc, as well as senior level experience as an administrator of a multi-physician center, and as director of research and an associate for an executive search firm.

While she is a believer in intuition, Karen Stirling knows that a good leadership coach also needs a broad array of tools to expand leadership capacity. As a consultant she has conducted management studies, environmental scans, and team effectiveness analyses to help companies overcome challenges and effectively manage change. As a result, Karen Stirling has successfully guided the integration of new departments, staff alignment and restructuring initiatives, and has assisted corporate leaders in designing and implementing programs aimed at creating more collaborative corporate cultures and leveraging organizational talent.

Whatever your role or objectives, Karen Stirling can help you increase your potential.

Gianni Simplicio

Gianni Simplicio has been with Stirling Advisors for over two years. Past client projects have included compiling proprietary research on talent and project management; conducting an analysis to strategically position, brand, and launch a new business venture; assisting in the design and implementation of Stirling's Executive Forum for Entrepreneurs, and providing technical support to clients when needed. He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Lehigh University, and is currently an MBA candidate at New York University.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith recently joined Stirling Advisors during the summer of 2010. Before Stirling Advisors, he was an analyst at the Private Bank of JPMorgan focusing on creating and presenting comprehensive wealth management plans and investment strategies for high net worth individuals. He joins the team as a junior consultant focusing on new business acquisition and marketing strategy. He holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Wesleyan University.