About Us

Prime Business Advisory Solutions was founded to provide quality business consulting services in the areas of finance, accounting, risk management, internal control processes, marketing and operations. We provide outsourced accounting, operational and strategic business planning services without the overhead of C-level executives on permanent payroll. We have unique experiences in that we have served as the CFO, COO or controller in organizations just like yours and we know what needs to be done. Plus, many of our staff members worked in public accounting on audits and consulting engagements across varied clients in different industries and different sizes, ranging from closely-held entities to publicly-traded companies.

Our mission is to provide executive level expertise to help grow or strengthen your business when you need it at reasonable fees.


Our Consultants

Natalie Barranco

Co-Founder

Natalie Barranco is co-founder with over 20 years of experience in the areas of grants management, advertising, operations management, auditing and taxation, and consulting which she has employed while working in several industries (retail, tourism, construction, education, public health, public accounting, and transportation).

As a former COO, Natalie led the teams responsible for the operation and financial performance, including sales and marketing, operations, safety, maintenance, technology, budgets, planning, and human resources. Prior to this position, she was the CFO of a middle-market private equity-owned parent company assisting in the formation and initial acquisition of 3 target companies.

Natalie holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting/Taxation from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Business Administration and Computer Science from Millsaps College. Over the course of her career, she earned the designations of Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society of Louisiana CPAs.

She is also a volunteer for several organizations. She currently serves as a Board member of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the board of POW (Power of Women), Development Committee of Catholic Charities, and the Finance Committee of St. Cletus Catholic Church. Her former roles include The Market Umbrella Board and Past Treasurer and the Women’s Catholic Giving circle. Natalie was also named as a "Money Maker" by New Orleans City Business in recognition of her accomplishments and achievements as a financial professional.


Karen Litolff

Co-Founder

Karen Litolff is co-founder with over 18 years of experience in the following areas of personnel management, sales training, marketing, managing real estate investments, and fundraising which she has employed while working in several industries (banking, call center, real estate, and education).

As a former Vice President of Sales at Whitney Bank, Karen led the teams responsible by managing the inside sales team to increase bank product sales to the existing client base, managing the team of inside loan specialists, including sales and marketing, training and human resources. After this position, she was the Alumni Coordinator for Mount Carmel Academy to increase relationships with alumni inclusive of managing alumni events.

Karen graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing and Management from Loyola University.

Karen volunteers for several organizations, including St. Ann Catholic School, where she was a member and Secretary of the Advisory Council, Girl Scout Troop Leader, and Chairperson for various school events, such as the Adopt an Angel Program and Family Fest.  Karen is also involved with Gladney Center for Adoption where she served as Past Co-President of the Gladney Family Association of Louisiana and was responsible for organizing events for the local chapter.


Ralph A. Litolff, Jr.

Co-Founder

Ralph A. Litolff, Jr. is a co-founder with over 25 years of experience in accounting, including consulting engagements for a wide variety of closely-held and publicly-traded companies, government and nonprofit entities. He provides advisory services to business in the areas of financial analyses, forecasts and projections, profitability improvement studies, strategic business planning, internal control reviews, outsourced CFO services, as well as due diligence services for both buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition settings.

Ralph holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, magna cum laude, in Accounting from Loyola University of New Orleans.
Over the course of his career, he has earned the designations of Certified Public Accountant, accredited in Business Valuation, Certified Valuation Analyst, Certified Government Finance Manager, Certified Financial Services Auditor and Certified in Financial Forensics.
He is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society of Louisiana CPA’s where he serves as an Ambassador and previously served as Chairman of its Business Consulting, and Career Awareness committees and a member of the Litigation Services Committee and its Business Valuation Sub-Committee.

He is a volunteer for several organizations, including the Gladney Center for Adoption, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association, St. Ann Church and School and Mount Carmel Academy. Ralph is a Past-President and Board member of Loyola’s Alumni Association, a member of its Business Alumni Association and Executive Mentoring Program (and was named Loyola’s 2004 Young Alumnus of the Year), the UNO MBA Association, Arts Council of New Orleans, the Young Leadership Council and the Coastal Conservation Association. Ralph was also named as a "Money Maker" by New Orleans City Business in recognition for his accomplishments and achievements as a financial professional.


John Barranco

Co-Founder

John leads business development efforts for both Morgan & Company and PRIME Business Advisory Solutions. Previously, John was Senior Associate Commissioner for Corporate Sales and Marketing with the Sun Belt Conference.

During the course of his sales career, spanning over 20 years, John has consistently been a top producer in generating revenue. Prior to coming to the Sun Belt, John was the Director of Sales for Cox Sports Television, where he was responsible for core and digital advertising sales. Before his time at CST, John served as the Associate Athletic Director for External Relations for the University of New Orleans Athletic Department, where he led marketing, sponsorship, and development efforts for the Privateers.

John holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Wendy LoCoco

Senior Consultant

Wendy joined PRIME in August of 2019. Wendy has over 20 years of experience in the areas of finance, accounting, risk management, non-profit accounting and grants management, internal control processes, strategic management, marketing, and operations.

As a former urgent care practice administrator, Wendy assisted the organization in its start-up including, credentialing, contract negotiations with insurance companies and vendors, and human resources of staffing clinic, scheduling, training, and evaluating.  Prior to this position, she was the head administrator for several nursing homes responsible for all management decisions for their facilities including an 8.5 million budget, all operations, overseeing billing and accounts receivable, and human resources, managing staff on a consistent basis, as well as creating monthly schedules and processing payroll.

Wendy has her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Loyola University of New Orleans and her Master of Health Care Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.


Kelly Gilmore

Senior Consultant

Kelly joined PRIME in early 2017.  Kelly has over 15 years of experience specializing in accounting, month close, internal controls software conversion, customer service, and marketing.

As a former accountant at Crescent City Physicians, Inc. Kelly’s strengths include producing financial statements, assembling journal entries, as well as preparing for and working with external auditors for interim and annual audits. Prior to this, she administered operating and capital lease finance programs, established and managed vendor relationships, participated in and initiated pricing, and negotiated contracts with vendors; as well as wrote and maintained corporate policies, procedures, and standards.

Kelly has her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of New Orleans.


Jennifer Carter

Senior Consultant

Jennifer joined PRIME in early 2018.  Jen has experience in the areas of small business accounting, payroll processing, software conversions, non-profit accounting, and audit preparation.

As a former Senior Accountant in the small business department of a local CPA firm, she was responsible for the compilation and review of interim and annual financial statements, as well as preparing interim and annual financial statements for many different clients.  This role required Jen to assist with many in house accounting tasks such as payroll processing, completion of bank reconciliations, managing year-end closeouts, performing general ledger maintenance, prepare 1099s, assembling quarterly and annual payroll tax returns, managing 401k contributions, and various other accounting projects.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University of New Orleans and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans. She had earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant.


Jennifer Fourcade

Senior Consultant

Jenny joined PRIME in late 2016.  Jenny has over 10 years of experience in payroll, accounts payable, sales taxes, labor forecasting, project-based financials, importing between various technologies, and software conversions.

As a former accounting analyst in the restaurant business, Jenny was responsible for all aspects of accounting for the company’s restaurant locations including; payroll, accounts payable, sales taxes, labor forecasting/comparison, managing the profit/loss statements, inventory management, and monthly reconciliation of bank accounts and credit cards. Jenny has held similar roles in the construction and gaming industry.

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of New Orleans.


Karianne Chassee

Senior Consultant

Karianne came to PRIME in the Fall of 2020.  Karianne has over 10 years of experience in the areas of non-profit accounting and grants management, human resources, tax, operations, annual budgeting, cash forecasting, and accounting.

As COO and Director of Finance and Operations with charter schools, she oversaw financial accounting and reporting, created annual budgets and forecasts of income and cash, managed payroll system and processing of bi-weekly payroll checks, and administered state reporting and grant compliance for all State and Federal grants. While at the school, she also led the Human Resources department, where she implemented HR Information System and Applicant Tracking System while managing recruitment, onboarding, and orientation processes.

Karianne holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University.  She has earned the designations of Certified Public Accountant and Society for Human Resource Professional – Certified Professional.


Lindsey Velasquez

Lindsey joined PRIME in late 2016. Lindsey has over 10 years of experience in accounting, income tax, sales tax, retail, software conversion, and small business accounting.

Lindsey’s role as Tax Manager has provided experience in tax preparation of entities of all size and assistance with closeout, reconciliations, and supporting schedules of end of year balances.  Lindsey also has experience with all facets of a month close process inclusive of processing payroll.

Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant.


Jo El McClenney

Assistant Consultant

Jo joined PRIME in 2017 and specializes in creating and implementing digital marketing
strategies, social media, and email campaign management, graphic design, landing page design,
website administration and copywriting.

Before working with PRIME, Jo assisted in many marketing roles in the financial services and
marketing industries, including proofreading, document creation and formatting, business
administration, customer relations, website design, and advertising. Shew works with clients to
create collateral and graphics that allow them to stand out from their competitors by not only
advertising their products and services but by telling their story to create relationships and
engagement with their customers. She currently manages the marketing for a diverse range of
clients, including real estate groups, e-commerce brands, and business consultants.

Jo studied Graphic Design and Commercial Art at Pensacola Christian College.


Kourtney Sanders

Assistant Consultant

Kourtney joined PRIME in February of 2018 as a Virtual Administrative Assistant. She has over 18 years of administrative experience.

Prior to joining PRIME, Kourtney served as an Administrative Assistant, specializing in residential real estate, beginning in 2002, where she handled all the office/agent administrative tasks. Kourtney obtained her Realtor’s license and began practicing real estate in 2007. She continued practicing real estate, while also providing administrative services for her Real Estate Broker’s office. During her real estate career, Sanders specialized in pre-foreclosed homes, where she would perform Broker Price Opinions, to assist multiple nationwide banks with determining the list price for upcoming HUD foreclosure listings.

Since joining PRIME, Kourtney has shifted her focus out of practicing real estate, to exclusively providing Administrative services. Kourtney obtained her Realtor’s license in 2007 from Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois.