Executive Team


President/Chief Executive Officer

Christine primarily grew up in an Italian family restaurant business, LaStrada on Miami Beach and Haystack in Davie, Florida, where she worked from the age of 10 until she was 16. Her father owned a custom fishing-rod business known as Laurino’s Custom Rods. Christine’s maternal grandfather owned one of the first gas stations in Miami. He also owned penny-weighing scales and parking meters in Cuba. Work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit courses through her veins, instincts that can’t be taught in business degrees.

She started her career as a teller at Home Savings Bank, a small savings and loan bank, and later became a corporate officer. She put herself through college, leaving the bank at age 26 to finish her degree.

Christine graduated from Broward College with her Associate of Science in court reporting. She began as a freelance official working with Judge Milian, Judge Dakis, and Judge Day in Miami-Dade County. She then became a freelance official for Judge Feiner and worked with most judges in the Broward County Courthouse. Reporting over 200 jury trials as a new reporter was a great foundation to her career. Christine then went on to freelance with Merit Reporting and finally at Klein, Bury, Reif & Applebaum, where she worked for Richard Applebaum. Christine became their number-one reporter and was their only reporter providing realtime streaming services at that time on the east coast of Florida.

In October 2010, with a vision for excellence, valuing people, and cultivating the highest skill levels, she began Phipps Reporting in a bedroom of her home, in a downturned economy, and with a savings account of her freelance earnings. Within the first seven years, Christine has opened eight offices, acquired seven companies, and hit Inc. 5000’s fast-growing companies in America every single year, among multiple other business awards.

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Richard Applebaum

Executive Vice President

Richard is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in a family business with a large chain of stores known as Applebaum Grocery stores.

Richard later graduated from Northern Technical School of Business with a degree in court reporting.

To escape Minnesota winters, Richard moved to Florida in 1982 to work for Lauderdale Reporting for four years.

Richard then joined a firm where he soon became a named partner and helped grow it into one of the largest independent court reporting firms in the country, known as Klein, Bury, Reif & Applebaum.

Richard has always been regarded by legal teams as highly skilled.

He has flown all over the country and has worked in every major city in the United States reporting proceedings in high-stakes litigation.

He was often flown into New York to report key players in tobacco litigation.

Richard also reported Mike Tyson and Don King in their legal dispute.

In 1999, a large national firm purchased Klein, Bury, Reif & Applebaum, and Richard managed two of the three largest markets in Florida.

Seth Asofsky

Chief Financial Officer

Seth, a transplant to Florida several years ago, grew up in New Jersey, and has called Long Island, Chicago, and Dallas home at different times in his life.  Seth graduated from Syracuse University majoring in Marketing and Advertising, and then from Emory University with an MBA in Finance.

Seth’s background is a unique blend of banking and business experience. He was a corporate and investment banker for more than 18 years before joining his client, Planet Payment, to help build an emerging business into a global, NASDAQ-listed company, first serving as CFO and then as SVP, acting in operational and sales functions.

Over his 13 years at Planet, Seth facilitated raising private equity and completing an IPO placement and admission in London.  Additionally, he played a key role in the acquisition of multiple companies, entering joint venture alliances and expanding the business into Greater China, Europe, Canada, and South America.

Most recently, Seth worked as a Principal with Nperspective providing outsourced CFO and strategic services to emerging and middle-market companies.

Seth’s volunteer work includes serving as CFO and member of the Board of Directors for Vets2Set, a member of the Monsignor Thomas Hartman President’s Council for Island Harvest Food Bank in New York, and as a mentor with Take Stock in Children – Palm Beach County.

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