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Who is Carroll, Frank & Plotkin, LLC?

Carroll, Frank & Plotkin, LLC is one of the oldest independent financial services firms in the Baltimore area. In 1979 Thom Carroll and Fred Frank joined together to create Carroll, Frank & Associates, the precursor of Carroll, Frank & Plotkin, LLC. In 1996 the name changed with the addition of Shim Plotkin*.


Who is Kate Strom? 

Kate Strom, WMSTM is a financial advisor registered with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. After graduating from Towson University with a degree in Economics, she joined Carroll, Frank & Plotkin, LLC in 2002 as an assistant to co-founder Fred Frank. Kate immediately took an interest in investing and financial planning and knew this was the area in which she wanted to devote her career. After taking time to learn the ropes as an assistant and small business office manager, Kate earned her Life and Health insurance licenses for the state of Maryland in 2005 and has since earned her Series 7, 63, and 65 registrations. In 2018 Fred Frank named Kate Strom as his partner and eventual successor as well as the Information Security Officer for the firm. In 2021, Kate earned the Wealth Management SpecialistTM designation.

Kate lives in Carroll County with her husband and son. She enjoys volunteering in her community and is the captain of Team Wally and Liz in the annual March for Babies charity walk. Additionally, Kate volunteers as the co-superintendent of Sunday School and various other ministries at her church. She previously volunteered with RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association. When not at work, you'll often find Kate playing her violin with the Westminster Symphony Orchestra, watching her son practice Hapkido, or sewing quilts for charity. 

*Shom Plotkin is no longer with the firm or Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. 

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