Our team is comprised of highly skilled professionals in both the business incubator and financial services space. Our team is there with you every step of the way, from the decision to seek independence to life beyond the leap. Consider us as your strategic partners on the path to independence.


Darian Johnson


With nearly 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in the business incubator and finance areas, Darian is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of TruClarity. Darian has been the driving force behind the launch of a number of highly successful start-up businesses. His expertise in business planning, procuring capital and guiding first-time entrepreneurs has resulted in the launch of businesses in a range of industries. From single-location startups to multilocation/multistate organizations, he has a strong, proven track record. Darian earned a B.S. in business administration with a major in finance from the University of Florida.

Craig Butler

President, TruClarity

With nearly 25 years’ industry experience, Craig is a co-founder and President of TruClarity. Over his 19 years with Fidelity’s Institutional Wealth Services (IWS) division, including as Regional Vice President, Craig was successful in helping hundreds of independent advisors grow their professional practices. His responsibilities included providing custody, trading, operational support and business consulting services to independently owned investment advisors (RIAs). Craig earned a B.S. degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Capital University in finance/marketing.

Pamela Stross

President, TruClarity Management Solutions

With more than 35 years of combined experience as a senior executive in the financial services industry and as a small business owner, Pam is the Chief Operating Officer of TruClarity and President of TruClarity Management Services. With her strong operational, administrative, and project management background, Pam brings a unique combination of skills to the TruClarity team. As past Chief Administration Officer for a Florida-based financial institution, she navigated the daily operations, including adherence to strict regulatory requirements while ensuring an unparalleled level of customer service companywide. Pam earned a B.S. in finance from the University of South Florida.

Solutions team

Kathleen Miller

Director of Marketing & Communications 

Melissa Stephenson

Marketing Coordinator

Christine Fiorillo

Director of Operations 

Merissa Davis

Project Director 

Jamie Sullivan

Project Director

Ron Wanek 

Accounting Director 

Donna Sausaman

Accounting Director 

Steve Fuller

Technology Services 

Miriela De Jesus 

Administrative Services