HQ: CHARLOTTE, N.C.
TCG Consulting is the global leader for independent strategic management consulting services to help
organizations transform, integrate
and optimize their global Corporate
Travel, Meetings, Payment and Expense Management programs.
Consulting caught up with Albert Taras,
Founder and CEO of TCG Consulting, to discuss the firm’s 178 percent
growth rate and No. 18 ranking.
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your
firm’s exceptional growth?
Taras: TCG saw early signs of
a shifting marketplace and cli-
ent needs in the Corporate Travel,
Meetings, Payment and Expense
Management industry as far back
as 2009. The leadership team de-
veloped a long term plan and stra-
tegic roadmap to shift our focus
and evolve our business & delivery
model to address these needs. We
have remained committed to this
path and have seen successful re-
sults in these early stages, but there
is still much to be done.
Consulting: How is this year
shaping up for your firm?
Taras: We are on track for another
record year in 2016, with revenue
growth projected between 30 percent to 45 percent. We have been
asked to support many new Global 1000 leaders in both traditional travel work—air, hotel etc.—as
well as broader strategic initiatives
emanating from the C-level which
span multiple internal stakeholder
groups—HR, IT, Treasury, Travel,
Risk, Legal, Procurement, etc.—
supported by an integrated approach
leveraging most or all TCG practices
over a multi-year timeframe.
Consulting: How would you
describe your firm’s outlook for
2017? Where do you see the
Taras: The industry is seeking inno-
vative ways to both integrate and op-
timize their programs in a continued
sellers’ market as traditional sourc-
ing based strategies are delivering
diminished returns. We see TCG as
very well positioned globally to de-
liver this innovation and drive record
growth in 2017. Our strategic Inte-
gration of Travel Meetings Payment
& Expense via our Transformative
Pillars methodology has gained sig-
nificant traction in the market. In ad-
dition, our partial or comprehensive
Outsourced Program Management
services are addressing an increas-
ing number of client’s needs.
Consulting: What would you
say are your firm’s biggest
challenges in 2017?
Taras: Managing continued growth
as well as how best to allocate incremental resources across seven
global practices, many international markets and our Global Business
Services Center. There are many
initiatives and opportunities we
want to tackle. The key is how we
take “rocks out of our backpacks”
and only focus on those delivering
the highest ROI opportunities for
our clients and our company.
Consulting: What does being
named one of Consulting’s
Fastest Growing Firms mean to
your firm, your employees and
Taras: This is a tremendous honor
and affirms the early implementation
success of our vision as well as the
talent and commitment of our entire
global team. For our clients, we hope
that this will serve as validation for
their selection of TCG as the strategic
advisor of choice, especially when
faced with alternatives which include
more well known brands including
“big box’ generalist firms or travel
agency consulting arms.