John Furey

Principal & Founder

Principal, founder, and trusted consultant to leading advisory firms, John has a passion for making a difference. He is frequently asked by industry leaders and the media to deliver perspective on industry trends. In 2013, John was recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Wealth Management (the IA25).

John frequently travels to meet with clients and speak at industry events. In the office, John spends his time collaborating with the brightest in the industry to improve services to financial advisors and doing what he really loves – helping owners advance their financial firms.

Although John lives in Arizona, he is originally from New York. He loves to travel with his wife, Julie, and his two sons. John’s personal passions include watching his sons play competitive soccer, playing golf when time permits, and tinkering with his favorite alternative investment – a wine collection. John plays an active role with the Men’s Art Council of Phoenix, Arizona State University Athletics, and various industry and local organizations.

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Brandon Kawal

Brandon Kawal


As consultant, Brandon is intimately involved with client engagements and thought leadership. He is tasked with bringing insight, creativity, and analytical know-how to collaborate with and help our clients reach new heights. Brandon spends the majority of his time working with clients, but also enjoys writing about his learnings and identified trends in the industry.

Brandon is a Californian at heart, but currently resides in Phoenix and, thus, always roots for the Sun Devils. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Kristi, and chasing his two young daughters. A former professional baseball player, Brandon is still an avid fan. He also enjoys playing golf, traveling with his family, and doing anything that involves being around a body of water.

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Alison Uchrin


Alison spends her time supporting clients, as well as John and Brandon. She has an extensive background in risk management, supervision and controls. She was formerly with Charles Schwab where she served as a project manager supporting Schwab branches and corporate compliance.

Alison currently resides in Phoenix, although she hopes to return one day to her native California (she is a sixth generation Cali girl). She loves playing with her two kiddos and enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike. Alison has a passion for cooking, and can often be found in her kitchen teaching her children or entertaining friends.

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Ted Verderame


Ted joined Advisor Growth to support the client engagement process, and is tasked with adding a unique point of view to a variety of quantitative and qualitative projects. He has worked as a management consultant in multiple industries, and posseses a diverse skill set. Ted’s background includes work in the government and technology industries focusing on end-to-end process improvement.

Ted was born and raised in Phoenix before attending the University of Denver. His career thus far has allowed him to live in Denver, Washington DC, and Chicago. Ted is an avid traveler who enjoys spending his time reading non-fiction and following the Valley’s sports franchises.

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Sophie Deskin


Sophie works with John and Brandon on business management, including marketing, organizing client engagements/planning client meetings, and providing general office support. Sophie is currently studying at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business where she majors in Finance.

Originally from Virginia, she’s also had the opportunity to live in Colorado and Argentina before settling down in Arizona. She enjoys traveling, being with her friends and family, and enjoying the outdoors.

Olenka Wrobel


Olenka joined Advisor Growth Strategies to support the client engagement process and is tasked with adding a unique perspective to a variety of quantitative and qualitative projects. She has worked as a financial analyst and as a sustainability specialist in different industries and prides herself on the client relationships she built in these roles.

Olenka was born and raised in the Phoenix area and received her undergraduate degree in Business Sustainability from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Her undergraduate career allowed her to study in New Zealand, which sparked her interest in the outdoors. She loves hiking and rock climbing and enjoys exploring new coffee shops and vintage markets on her free time.