GROW Professional Affiliates , Our Team



Diane Bennett, executive coach and consultant specializing in extraordinary areas of sensitivity and leadership development coaching specializing in team building, communication strengthening and conflict management.

Michael L. Fassler, a founding partner of GROW, now serves as a consultant for the Family Business Consulting Group. Mike lends his expertise to the GROW team and clients through project collaboration while serving his FBCG clients and projects across the country and the globe.

Kimi Taylor, a talented independent consultant specializing in Succession Planning and Organizational Development, servicing the Pacific Northwest areas supporting agriculture family businesses. Kimi’s talents include a deep understanding of the family dynamics within a family business and the unique challenges and opportunities it can bring. She has been serving family businesses in agriculture since 2005 where she started with Salisbury Management Services, later acquisitioned into Lookout Ridge Consulting. Kimi continues to support agriculture operations and family firms throughout the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the countryside in addition to enjoying being a mother to three gorgeous children, a wife, dance instructor and hobby farmer herself.

Jim Casler has provided consulting services in the areas of strategic, financial and organizational analysis and planning since 1989. Jim loves to help improve the financial success of agriculturally related firms by analyzing operations, listening to stakeholders and helping business owners decide on appropriate actions in areas of financial management, transition planning and real estate.

Jim earned his BBA in Finance from Eastern Michigan University and a BS in Agribusiness from Colorado State University. Jim is a licensed real estate broker and is currently pursuing an AAC designation with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Prior to consulting with the GROW team of professionals, Jim owned and operated financial and property management firms in Michigan and Mississippi.

Jim is a Michigan native and serves clients throughout the United States from Traverse City, MI where he resides with his wife and two children.

The GROW network continues to build trusted relationships with affiliates to bring the very best solutions and resources to serve the needs of our clients.