Bellevue management consulting service CORTAC faces growth-spurt

Bellevue-based management consulting company CORTAC Group expanded its reach and capabilities last month by integrating with Chicago firm MCSI.

This agreement enables CORTAC to provide enterprise-class installation, implementation, integration and training services, in particular with Oracle’s Primavera P6 Software, to a combined client roster that includes Fortune 500 companies in the defense, technology, manufacturing, retail, consumer, financial services, construction, energy, healthcare and airline industries.

“We have partnered with MCSI on several projects in the past, and were impressed with the company’s solid reputation and expertise in its specializations,” said CORTAC managing partner and co-founder Tom Eide. “By absorbing the company’s talented staff and operations, we immediately boost CORTAC’s national footprint with a Chicago-area presence and offer our existing client base more diverse service offerings, particularly in project management and training. We also gain a new service market in the energy industry, thanks to MCSI’s successful track record.”

Eide said a growth plan for the next several years could expand CORTAC even further.

“With the right leadership team in place, we could hopefully grow up to 200 employees,” he said.

The company currently employs 60, the majority of whom work in Bellevue. CORTAC also has offices in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

It handles 35 large clients around the country and helps secure and negotiate contracts for its clients.

With a new presidential administration and a different direction for the economy, Eide said the aerospace and defense markets (some of the primary industries for CORTAC’s clients) have taken off.

The company deals with business development and planning, proposal development, project management and mergers and acquisitions.

While the news with MCSI is obviously a favorable one for CORTAC, Eide said steady, controlled growth is ideal for the business.

“As with any consulting firm, the challenge is not growing too fast,” Eide said. “And knowing not to make some bad hires. At 50 percent growth for the next year, that’s just about pushing the limit of what is possible.”