Our Team

Maura Carabello

Maura Carabello

President

Maura Carabello is an original owner and the managing partner of The Exoro Group, which she co-founded in 2002. A clear, strategic thinker with a diverse and solid policy background, Maura is often the lead partner for strategy and management of large-scale efforts, advising major corporations, industry groups and government officials. She has significant experience in controversial issues, media relations, communications and high-profile event management. Her experience also includes managing U.S. Congressional campaigns, as well as dozens of local campaigns and state-wide/local ballot initiatives.

An experienced presenter, facilitator and trainer for individuals and corporations, Maura has conducted many seminars on topics including: media training, public advocacy, coalition building, legislation and policy, board development, fundraising, political grassroots, data targeting and management. She is a seasoned spokesperson and commentator appearances include The Today Show, Crossfire, NPR, as well as local TV, print and radio.

Throughout her career, Maura has consulted with many non-profits and she continues to assist several groups in their missions. Maura has been the Executive Director of the Children's Friend Foundation, The Utah Statehood Centennial Commission, and The Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah. She has worked with The Trust for Public Lands and Inter-Aid International, a community development organization where she was based in Uganda, East Africa.

Maura has produced several national events, including managing the welcome home celebration for the Utah Sesquicentennial Wagon Train which over 100,000 people attended and press from all over the world covered. She was involved in planning a coast-to-coast whistle stop train sponsored by Fortune 100 companies and planned stops in over 500 cities throughout the U.S. During this time, Maura also worked for TIME INC.'s International News tour, which afforded Fortune 500 CEO's the opportunity to visit "news-making" countries and to meet with international leaders.

In 2001, the American Council of Young Political Leaders selected Maura as one of eight up-and-coming political leaders from over 300 nominees to serve as a United States delegate to Australia where she met with national and local politicians, business/community leaders and civic groups to study and discuss issues common to the international community. Maura later served as the escort on a similar trip to Japan. In 2005 she was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from this organization.

Maura Carabello

Maura Carabello

President

Maura Carabello is an original owner and the managing partner of The Exoro Group, which she co-founded in 2002. A clear, strategic thinker with a diverse and solid policy background, Maura is often the lead partner for strategy and management of large-scale efforts, advising major corporations, industry groups and government officials. She has significant experience in controversial issues, media relations, communications and high-profile event management. Her experience also includes managing U.S. Congressional campaigns, as well as dozens of local campaigns and state-wide/local ballot initiatives.

An experienced presenter, facilitator and trainer for individuals and corporations, Maura has conducted many seminars on topics including: media training, public advocacy, coalition building, legislation and policy, board development, fundraising, political grassroots, data targeting and management. She is a seasoned spokesperson and commentator appearances include The Today Show, Crossfire, NPR, as well as local TV, print and radio.

Throughout her career, Maura has consulted with many non-profits and she continues to assist several groups in their missions. Maura has been the Executive Director of the Children's Friend Foundation, The Utah Statehood Centennial Commission, and The Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah. She has worked with The Trust for Public Lands and Inter-Aid International, a community development organization where she was based in Uganda, East Africa.

Maura has produced several national events, including managing the welcome home celebration for the Utah Sesquicentennial Wagon Train which over 100,000 people attended and press from all over the world covered. She was involved in planning a coast-to-coast whistle stop train sponsored by Fortune 100 companies and planned stops in over 500 cities throughout the U.S. During this time, Maura also worked for TIME INC.'s International News tour, which afforded Fortune 500 CEO's the opportunity to visit "news-making" countries and to meet with international leaders.

In 2001, the American Council of Young Political Leaders selected Maura as one of eight up-and-coming political leaders from over 300 nominees to serve as a United States delegate to Australia where she met with national and local politicians, business/community leaders and civic groups to study and discuss issues common to the international community. Maura later served as the escort on a similar trip to Japan. In 2005 she was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from this organization.

LaVarr Webb

LaVarr Webb

Founder

LaVarr Webb is founder of The Exoro Group, directs the firms publishing activities, and serves as principal on many projects. With more than 30 years of experience in the communications, government and political arenas, LaVarr specializes in public policy communications and political strategy. His experience helps clients achieve their objectives by delivering persuasive messages to their key audiences through a variety of communications channels.

LaVarr spent 20 years of his career as a journalist, working first for The Spectrum in southern Utah, and then for nearly 17 years as political editor, city editor and managing editor of Salt Lake City's Deseret Morning News. He covered hundreds of political campaigns, legislative sessions, and political party conventions, and also wrote a popular weekly opinion column for many years. In management positions he directed overall news coverage and the efforts of dozens of editors, reporters, photographers, artists and support personnel.

In 1992, he ran Mike Leavitt's first campaign for governor, winning in a crowded field. He served in the new administration as Gov. Leavitt's deputy for policy, and also wrote speeches and directed major projects. He was the governor's liaison to the Western Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and the National Governors Association, and led a number of federalism, natural resources and technology initiatives.

LaVarr helps national and local clients with government relations and public policy communications needs. He also co-authors a popular weekly political column and publishes Utah Policy Daily (www.utahpolicy.com), a daily e-newsletter for political junkies.

Brandon Monson

Brandon Monson

Associate

Brandon joined The Exoro Group in 2011 with a diverse background in fundraising, strategic communications, field organizing, and program management. Brandon has been fortunate to work in a variety of organizational settings including campaigns, academia, for-profit, and non-profit organizations. He is results-oriented and thrives on being able to deliver high-caliber results to his clients.

Brandon is originally from Salt Lake City, speaks Russian, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from DePauw University.

Kameron Lopez

Kameron Lopez

Administrative Assistant

Kameron has traveled throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States as a marketing representative for the Seattle-based Holland America Line and has held multiple administrative assistant jobs in arts organizations from New York City to Los Angeles. Kameron is as meticulous about keeping an organized office as she is about bringing creativity—and fun—to the projects with which she’s involved. She is excited to be helping people reach their creative potential.

Originally from St. George, Utah, she received her Associates of Arts Degree at Dixie College and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University.

Dina Blaes

Dina Blaes

Chief Administration Officer

A seasoned and accomplished professional, Dina offers over 20 years of project management and broad experience in historic resource management, land use planning, urban design, permitting and compliance, public involvement, commission and staff training, and non-profit management. At Exoro, Dina is responsible for the firm’s internal organizational processes and infrastructure.

Dina recently completed her Masters in Master of City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History & Archaeology - with an emphasis in Architectural History - from Columbia University, following her studies in Architecture & Environmental Design, at Parsons The New School for Design, in New York City.

Jim Brigand

Jim Brigand

Accounting & Office Support

Jim joined The Exoro Group in 2012, after more than 20 years with the Harman Management Corporation, the second largest Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee, as the Assistant Treasurer. He also had his own company for 27 years. Jim’s responsibilities at The Exoro Group include the accounting functions and office management. Jim attended the University of Utah and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

Brittany Manookin

Brittany Manookin

Associate

Brittany joined The Exoro Group in 2013 with a background in broadcast journalism. She spent the previous seven years working as a newscast producer at KSL Television. During that time she covered three Olympic games, and produced broadcasts of special election night results and the Days of ’47 Parade. Brittany also interned at the BBC in London. Brittany is very detail-oriented and specializes in event and project management.

Brittany was born and raised in Salt Lake City, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree with Departmental Honors in Journalism and a minor in Marketing from Utah State University.

Michael Shea

Michael Shea

Associate

Michael joined The Exoro group in early 2013. He brought with him experience from both political campaigns and local government. Michael’s expertise covers areas of political strategic planning, field organizing, community development/organization, and communication. At The Exoro Group, Michael strives to build strong relationships with all clients, putting an emphasis on good communication and team building. A Utah native, Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Minor in Philosophy from Westminster College.

Dan Hartman

Dan Hartman

Principal