CEO Courtney Spaeth featured on NABOE Podcast

October 2020- growth[period] CEO Courtney Spaeth appeared on The Big Idea (R) podcast of the National Association of Business Owners & Entrepreneurs (NABOE) hosted by Ron Wills. Courtney discussed the challenges small businesses face and her focus on success, not survival. Watch the full episode here: Why Courtney Spaeth Is Focused On Success, Not Survival – YouTube

growth[period] named top M&A consulting firm

November, 2022 – growth[period] is proud to announce it has been named a top middle market Mergers and Acquisitions consulting firm by Financial Services Review magazine. Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) is a strategic option that enables businesses to access a wider customer base, increase market share, and diversify their products and services. Founded in 2007, growth[period], a strategic M&A transaction services provider, helps their wide range of clients make the best decisions pertaining to M&A. Founded initially as a business development services firm it was “given our depth of expertise a natural evolution to add transaction advisory services to [their] offerings”, says Courtney Spaeth, CEO, growth[period]. growth[period]’s expertise spans both the commercial and public sectors. They count among their customer list companies that range from Fortune 5 companies such as Microsoft, to Fortune 1000 strategic acquirers, like Serco Inc., to large institutional funds and banks, including Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Bank. Their expertise in M&A transactions also varies across industry verticals, spanning aerospace and defense, entertainment, tech (both hardware and software) construction, engineering, global health, and sports, entertainment and arts/culture. growth[period] executives have collectively over a century’s experience advising corporations, financial institutions, and private equity and venture capital firms on both the buy and the sell sides of their acquisitive activity. growth[period]’s services include developing industry specific investment thesis, identifying white space markets, defining and executing 100-day plans, identifying and screening prospective targets, buy and sell side due diligence and creating overall corporate M&A strategies. You can read more here:

growth[period] proud to support PHILLIPS Programs

December 2022: growth[period] is proud to support PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families. PHILLIPS Programs serves the needs of individuals with behavioral health needs and developmental disabilities and their families through education, family support services, community education and advocacy. PHILLIPS offers specialized day schools, consultations and career readiness skills that can be transformative to children in the Washington, DC Metro Area. growth[period] was thrilled to welcome children from PHILLIPS Programs to our offices in Tysons Corner to decorate a holiday tree. All the staff at growth[period] extends our thanks to the children of PHILLIPS Programs for the beautiful tree and our best wishes for the holiday season.

growth[period] sponsors Wish Ball 2023

February 2023: As a part of our longstanding support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, growth[period] is proud to be a sponsor of the Mid Atlantic region’s Wish Ball 2023. Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The Make-A-Wish vision is to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness. In the U.S. and its territories, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. A wish can be that spark that helps these children believe that anything is possible and gives them the strength to fight harder against their illnesses.


Courtney Spaeth, Lyn Sherlock and Hunter Congdon named to Washinton Business Journal’s People on the Move

May 2023– growth[period] is excited to announce that CEO Courtney Spaeth, Senior Partner Lyn Sherlock, and Senior Project Director Hunter Congdon have been featured in Washington Business Journal’s People on the Move in Washington DC. Courtney B. Spaeth is the CEO and founder of growth[period], and is proud to lead a team recognized as a Washington Business Journal Best Place to Work for the 7th time in 9 years. You can view Courtney’s recognition here. Brigadier General (USAF ret.) Lyn Sherlock is the Senior Partner for growth[period]’s Federal, Aerospace & Defense practice. Lyn oversees client accounts and delivers innovative and results-oriented solutions. You can view Lyn’s recognition here. Hunter Congdon is a Senior Director with growth[period] where he supports commercial and federal clients across growth[period]’s five verticals. You can view his recognition here. growth[period] is proud to have these highly skilled achievers on the team!

growth[period] sponsor for Make-A-Wish Foundation luncheon

May 2023– growth[period] was pleased to be a sponsor of the Make a Wish Foundation Women’s Lunch. Strong women making a difference!

growth[period] named Best Place to Work!



May 2023– growth[period] is excited to announce the company has been named to Washington Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2023. This is the seventh time growth[period] has received this distinction in nine years. “It is rewarding to see this recognition for all the ongoing work of our team to create a close-knit, inclusive and productive working environment.” said CEO Courtney Spaeth. Washington Business Journal presents an annual list of the D.C. region’s best workplaces, as determined by Quantum Workplace. You can find the full list here: Best Places to Work in Greater Washington: Small Companies – Washington Business Journal (


growth[period] Adds Sandy Peavy as Senior Advisor for the Federal Civilian Market

Tyson’s Corner, Virginia – July 26, 2023 – growth[period], a provider of business development and transaction advisory services worldwide, today announced that Sandy Peavy has joined the firm’s Executive Advisory Program. Based out of growth[period]’s Virginia office, she will advise clients on strategic growth and business development in the federal contracting market in her role as an Executive Advisor.


Peavy has substantial experience in the government contracting industry, particularly the federal civilian sector, based on her 13 years as CIO of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and as a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security’s CIO Council where she worked closely across all DHS component agencies. Previously she worked in support of the Air Force and what is now Space Command. In her many roles in the Senior Executive Service, Peavy built and led diverse, talented, and collaborative teams and advised on key strategic business initiatives, among other matters.


Peavy joins growth[period]’s innovative Executive Advisory Program, which offers clients experience-based, actionable, and business-focused advice. As former government agency CIO, with significant operational responsibilities, Peavy helps growth[period]’s clients develop and prioritize practical approaches and solutions suited to each client’s unique culture, circumstances, and business development needs.


growth[period]’s Executive Advisory Program supports clients at every stage, whether the client is a high-growth start-up, a late-stage company preparing for a transaction, or a multinational public company. Similarly, the program is intended to support companies ranging from those with no or limited business development resources to those with well-established growth/transaction teams.


“Sandy has an impressive combination of industry and government experience, and has directly managed important strategic, operational, and growth initiatives,” said Courtney B. Spaeth, CEO of growth[period]. “We’re pleased to welcome her as the newest member of our Executive Advisory Program. We know she’ll be a valued resource and advisor to a broad range of clients, especially those in the government contracting sector.”

“I’ve always enjoyed the advisory role and the many ways that general advisors can contribute to a company’s success and growth,” Peavy said. “I was thrilled about the chance to join growth[period] and draw from my experience to help the firm’s clients address important strategic and growth functions.”


About growth[period]


For more than 15 years, growth[period]’s management consulting, business development, strategy and transaction advisory services have focused on serving the principal challenges faced by the federal contractors and commercial businesses hoping to enter the federal marketplace. The firm is nationally recognized as a leading provider to growing and established clients seeking assistance to complete sophisticated corporate and technology transactions; manage entry into the federal government contracting industry; assist with navigating the federal marketplace; represent them in partnering agreements; and/or advise them on diligence matters. With deep roots globally, growth[period] has more than 50 experts and offices in multiple markets across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia and Europe.


growth[period] and GW Group have entered into a strategic partnership – opening up the Canadian and U.S. markets to clients of both firms.

growth[period] and GW Group have entered into a strategic partnership – opening up the Canadian and U.S. markets to clients of both firms.

This partnership will allow both companies to combine their unique strengths, resources, and expertise to create an even more successful business.

growth[period] will now have an office in Toronto serving clients across Canada and GW Group will now have an office in the Washington, DC region serving clients across the United States.


Tyson’s Corner, Virginia – September 5, 2023 – growth[period], a provider of business development and transaction advisory services worldwide, today announced they have signed a formal strategic partnership agreement with GW Group (, a government relations and communications solutions firm in Canada.

“We are delighted to partner with growth[period], a focused and impactful organization that delivers for its clients worldwide. Their leadership and deep understanding of markets guides their approach to helping organizations grow sustainably and with intention.” – Jill Wilson, Partner, GW Group

GW Group is a public affairs firm offering government relations and communications solutions for clients across Canada.  GW Group is a results-oriented firm that connects clients to the right people with the right message – ensuring that clients have a seat at the table.

growth[period]’s Canadian practice supports clients at every stage, whether the client is a high-growth start-up, a late-stage company preparing for a transaction, or a multinational public company. Similarly, the program is intended to support companies ranging from those with no or limited business development resources to those with well-established growth/transaction teams. For more information, visit growth[period] at and the GW Group at

“Jill and Ryan lead an exceptional team and their focus on results is outstanding,” said Courtney B. Spaeth, CEO of growth[period]. “We have been working in country in Canada for over a decade across numerous sectors and feel strongly that our strategic partnership with the GW Group is the next step in helping our clients realize strategic growth.”


Hunter Congdon, growth[period]

703 556 0111


Jill Wilson, GW Group

416 579 9627


CEO Courtney Spaeth profiled in The Inc. Magazine

September, 2023 – growth[period] is excited to announce that CEO Courtney Spaeth has been profiled in The Inc. Magazine, a leading business publication.

Courtney B. Spaeth’s journey from the national security corridors to the helm of the very successful global strategic business development and transaction advisory firm, growth[period], is a testament to her exceptional determination and visionary leadership.


Mrs. Spaeth started her career in the aerospace-defense security sector, including working for the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and at Fortune 100 companies. While at the Department of Defense she also worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-intensity Conflict’s Counter Terrorism division prior to 911. However, she eventually pivoted to becoming an entrepreneur and her seventeen years of success as CEO of growth[period] underscores the wisdom of that choice.


I wanted to create a company where we could help other companies with their growth challenges. Also, it was important to me to create a culture that was not grounded in fear- I wanted the people who work there to know that it is not mistakes that matter but the intent behind them. growth[period] has won the Best Place to Work in the National Capitol Region nine years out of the last ten – so we have been very successful at establishing and sustaining a healthy and productive work culture,“- explains Mrs. Spaeth.

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