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TAB Charlotte Metro


Debby Straughn

TAB Charlotte Metro
North and South Carolina

Deborah has twenty-five years of senior level business experience. She was the CEO of a $3 billion company and a Senior Vice President for JP Morgan Chase where she operated divisions of the bank that worked with small and medium-sized businesses. Deborah possesses an extensive consulting background and is an accredited associate of the Institute for Independent Business with an extensive US and international network.

Deborah has a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from the Wharton Graduate School of Business.

As people build their business, there is lots of excitement but also hurdles. Suddenly you encounter a wall. You cannot go around the wall. You jump but cannot get over it by yourself. Then several people on top of the wall extend their hands to help you. With their help, you get over the wall.

TAB provides monthly meetings to business owners from non-competitive industries. They discuss the challenges and opportunities they are facing. Through the collective experiences of the members, they help each other succeed.

I also provide one-on-one coaching to TAB members. I have walked in the CEO’s shoes, having successfully run small businesses. My strengths are in strategy and analytics. I also bring many connections, which I use to help my clients. One TAB member who has been with me for the last 8 years has seen their business grow from $300,000 to $6,000,000.

Another company I helped was in financial distress due to the business owner’s death. I modified the business strategy and restructured it financially. The business grew and was successfully sold. The widow is now enjoying a happy retirement.

Member Success

As a TAB member, through the regular coaching sessions and monthly Board meetings, I gain invaluable mentor and peer support. The TAB ethos and coaching approach has helped me to plan personal and business goals and set direction. This is supported by the wealth of knowledge, skills, experience and support that is shared by the board who provide Impartial, informed and considered guidance and advice on all types of business issues, that enable me to gain fresh perspectives, identify blind spots and fill my skill gaps. Over the last twelve months TAB has effectively become my company’s non-executive board and its members my trusted colleagues.
Saul Goldfarb
Goldfarb & Associates MEMBER SINCE 2011
As a TAB member for many years, the business coaching provided by Debby Straughn has helped me stay focused on plans that have successfully grown my company. Debby really understands issues facing small businesses and offers creative solutions and sound planning advice. Her strategies are forward-thinking, creative and insightful and she is a valuable part of the success of my company and many others.
Katie Jamieson
Jamieson Marketing MEMBER SINCE 2008
Debby has been an invaluable ally for my business over the last few years! She has been a master at helping me overcome hurdles and challenges, and her success as a business consultant has now become my firm's success! Her deep and robust level of experience in corporate America and her vast network of high-quality and high-level connections proved to open many doors for me that otherwise would have remained tightly shut. I cannot thank her enough for her professionalism, her level and depth of caring, and her insight. Debby transcends the cut-throat mentality that so much of business in today's world has and brings the human side and caring touch to all the clients she helps. I'm extremely grateful for her!
Randy Newton CPA, PLLC
Randy Newton MEMBER SINCE 2014


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