Wendy Brookhouse, Founder/Chief Strategist
B. Comm, MBA, St. Mary’s University, CHS,CCS
Wendy founded Black Star Wealth Partners over a decade ago to provide comprehensive financial services to entrepreneurs, professionals and business owners. A recent re-brand to The Black Star Group brings greater clarity around the services offered by the three divisions of the company – Black Star Wealth, Black Star Benefits and Black Star Performance.
Wendy has the uncommon ability to see and remove friction points that cause her clients stress and anxiety and prevent them from achieving their financial goals; as a result, she has developed unique solutions that are simplified and easy to implement. Products like the One Number Solution™, The Parting Gift™, Going Pro™ and Who’s Winning?™ are the outcome of that experience. Due to the enormous results her clients are achieving, Black Star is now establishing a re-seller network across the country for the One Number Solution™.
In seeing an information gap specific to business owners, Wendy has expanded the organization to include a performance division with expertise in business evolution. Black Star Performance has launched programs such as Jumpstart, Catapult and Optimize, which focus not only on the “what” of business growth, but more importantly on the “how”.
A leader in the community, Wendy recently completed a two year term as Chair of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and is now serving on the national board. She has received the Progress Women of Excellence Award for Entrepreneurship and the Saint Mary’s Distinguished Community Service Award. She is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table and a multi-year President’s Council member, and author of Burn Your Budget: How to Spend Your Way to Financial Freedom.
As an organization, Black Star has been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies and as a 2016 Finalist for Small Business of the Year by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.
Kelsey MacAulay, CRO
Kelsey has built his professional career around bringing the best talent together while ensuring the smartest questions are asked. Kelsey specializes in small to medium sized business growth and spearheads group benefits products for our clients. Key to growth is ensuring our clients can find and keep the best talent, in fact, it is game changing for their business.
Kelsey helps restructure existing group benefit expenses into investments with recruitment and retainment dividends. As past President of the Nova Scotia Lung Association Kelsey brings an air of fresh thinking to complex situations. In 2013 Kelsey helped re-invent how dollars were raised in Nova Scotia as part of 100 Men Who Give a Damn Halifax, donating over $110 000 directly to charities in 2014. Kelsey has a passion and pace to his work that moves good ideas forward, fast.
Stephanie Clark, President
Stephanie is a connector of people, a doctor of business growth and a leader in the community, both inside and outside of the office.
With over 24 years of corporate leadership experience, she has become an expert at sparking revenue and opportunities in various industries, including food and beverages, beauty, broadcasting, distributorship sales and finance. With a broad understanding of what it takes to motivate and inspire staff regardless of vertical to reach top performance, she has worked as a consultant for both local and international businesses. Now, as President of Black Star Group, she works with small and mid-sized companies to realize potential, retain talent and generate exponential results.
With a background in psychology, Stephanie understands how people work, allowing her to take a no-nonsense approach to strategy with a sensitivity to personal barriers and limiting beliefs. Her growth strategies focus on establishing operational systems that eliminate pain points and developing corporate culture with an eye that all things valued in an organization need to be measured. “Measure what you treasure” is her mantra that is driven by the understanding that steps must be quantified in order to continuously motivate towards a goal.
Her passion for community development through the years has extended out of the corporate boardroom into many volunteering initiatives, including work with the provincial justice department, Dreams Take Flight, Bluenose Marathon, Mental Health Foundation, Maskwa Aquatic Club, Family SOS and QueenPins (among other regional charities), and international home building with Habitat for Humanity as well as currently serving on the Halifax Regional Library Board. She seeks to inspire, nurture and encourage fairness with her spare time.
Anna Cottreau, Freedom Coach
Anna loves helping people, it makes sense since she is the eldest of five! She loves looking at the whole picture and crafting solutions that help her clients achieve their goals.
Our spreadsheet guru is constantly finding better ways to present information to our clients and making sure our process moves quickly.
An accounting grad from Dalhousie University, Anna really enjoys helping those starting their careers get the jump on financial success.
April Stroink, One Number Solution Specialist
She’s back! After a three year run of owning and managing the Trail Shop, April decided to return to her passion of helping people secure their financial future.
April entered the industry in 1999 and gained a great depth of knowledge and experience in insurance and investments. She is looking forward to helping clients simplify their financial lives through the One Number Solution and the One Number Solution for Business. Her unique blend of business and industry experience will bring tremendous value to clients looking to grow their business in a planned manner.
April is the mother of 2 very active girls and when not helping clients or the Quinpool Road Business Association, she enjoys hiking, climbing and paddle boarding with her husband in nature.
The wanderer has found her way home. Melissa has spent time pouring concrete in Alberta, bartending in New Brunswick and has travelled her way around Europe. With an English degree from St. Thomas University, Melissa enjoys the challenge of a good problem to solve.
Melissa loves the client focused nature of her role and is determined to make clients happy and feel well looked after.
The fast pace of Black Star suits our poetry writing, motorcycle driving Client Ambassador.