Managing Partners

Bob Mullen

Co-Founder. Twenty-five years of experience as a systems engineer, program manager, and proposal manager for a variety of DoD, commercial, and international programs. Experience includes rotary-wing defensive avionics systems, C4-ISR systems, ERP Systems, a variety of military communications satellites and system architectures. Stong leadership and client skills. BS in Physics from Principia College, completed UCLA Executive Management program.

Tom Eide

Co-Founder. Twenty-five years of experience as a program manager, systems engineer, proposal manager, and mergers and acquisitions integration lead. Broad experience in a wide range of industries ranging from aerospace and defense, healthcare, infrastructure, information technology and software. Former USAF officer. BS in Astronautical Engineering from the USAF Academy and a MS in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado. Completed the Mergers and Acquisitions Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jim Helsper

Co-Founder. Thirty years of experience as a systems engineer, technical capture manager, proposal manager, and business strategy consultant. Well-known for helping clients expand into new business areas by defining innovative strategies and implementations. Worked for Hughes Space and Communications on military communication satellites, space-based sensors, anti-satellite systems, and a variety of classified programs. BA in Physics from UC San Diego and MS in Astronomy & Astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz.

Client Leadership Team


Jonathan Scofield

Vice President, Seattle Market.  Over 14 years of experience leading large, geographically diverse teams through business-building, competitive proposal, contractual delivery, and consulting activities.  Jonathan has broad experience across public and commercial industries on highly complex, billion dollar systems and solutions spanning from information technology to new aircraft and communication systems. BS in Political Science from USAF Academy, MBA in Strategy and Management from the University of Massachusetts, and Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Certifications in Program Management, Systems Engineering, Logistics, and Test and Evaluation.

Matt Thornton

Vice President, National Market. Highly-experienced sales and consulting executive with a proven track record in the aerospace, automotive, federal, and high tech industries.  Matt’s experience includes senior positions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SM&A and Ernst & Young.  He has led large competitive pursuits, designed and implemented e-procurement systems, benchmarked product development processes, and architected cloud solutions and new product development tools for clients.

James “Jimmy” Bratsakis

Vice President, Program Planning and Controls (PP&C).  Extensive experience consulting with Fortune 500 companies in a broad range of industries, including financial services, construction, manufacturing, energy, government, healthcare, transportation, and others.  Jimmy is a certified implementation consultant for Oracle’s P6 (Primavera) and specializes in the integration of cost accounting systems with Oracle’s P6 (Primavera) project management and scheduling software. He is also an Oracle P6 (Primavera) Authorized Trainer for all products (including Primavera, Software Quality Assurance, Software Configuration, and Contract Manager).


Tony Gepner

Director, Management Consulting.  Fifteen years as program manager, operations leader, financial executive, and management consultant. Tony has deep expertise in operational excellence and process improvement, human performance, reporting analytics, and strategic execution.  He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Big Data Analyst.  BA in Political Science from Central Washington University, and an MBA specializing in Technology Leadership from the University of Washington School of Business.


Brian Svehaug

Director, Technology Solutions.  Deep experience in Strategy, Analytics, and Application Development consulting, bringing best-of-breed technologies together with design thinking for a broad range of solutions across industries. Brian is dedicated to producing client value – highly involved in global projects, creating product/project visions, managing diverse international teams, driving agile, end-to-end projects leading to automation, simplicity, and actionable insights across multiple organizational groups for high value creation.  BA from Azusa Pacific University.


Carie Rodriguez

Director, Consulting Operations.  Twenty years of experience in IT and management consulting, program management, mergers and acquisitions integration, communications, and business operations roles.  Carie has extensive experience leading corporate programs and driving business operations, including strategic and annual planning initiatives, corporate business operations, procurement and contracting, budget management, policy development and governance, and change management.  BA, MBA, and Master of Communication and currently pursuing a Master of Organizational Leadership.


Dave Gaines

Account Manager.  Twenty years of experience in acquisition management, information systems, software and proposal development. Dave is a retired USAF officer with DoD Level III certifications in Acquisition Program Management and experience as a Source Selection Evaluation Board Chair. His experience includes force protection and base security systems, maritime emergency response and protection, ISR systems, information systems design and development, and counter-IED jammers. BS in Engineering from the USAF Academy, MS in Software Systems and Information Resource Management, MBA in Finance, and PhD in Decision Science and Information Systems.


Dan Ellison

Account Manager.  Thirty-five years of experience in Project Management, schedule management and business operations successfully implementing and executing program planning & controls on large and small DoD and commercial programs. Dan has expertise in schedule risk analysis (SRA), integrated program planning and cost/schedule integration.  He is a proven program controls leader with highly successful experience in all aspects of proposal planning development. Expert problem solver with superior tools, integration, analytical, and communication skills. Business Management University of Phoenix.

Richard Lupfer

Account Manager. Twenty years of experience in product development and management, financial operations and strategy, technology program management and mergers and acquisitions integration with the common goal of driving business transformation. Broad experience in the technology, financial services and telecommunications including focuses on infrastructure, applications, product and fiscal governance. Expertise in driving business value thru process automation, simplification, and shared services.  BSBA in International Business, Finance and Economics from The Ohio State University and MBA in International Business from the University of North Carolina. Certified Treasury Professional, Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma, and Private Pilot.

Operations Team


Kate Farrell

Director, Business Operations. Responsible for invoicing, accounts receivable, contracts management, and operations support for CORTAC Group since its inception. Ten years of experience as a proposal production manager, corporate trainer, and technical writer. Managed the production of proposals for major aerospace & defense and IT programs across multiple industries. BS in Biology and BA in English from Western Washington University.

Doris Mullen

Benefits Administrator and HR Support. Supported a wide range of industries including interior design, clothing, automotive, documentary production as well as non-profit organizations. Experienced in broadcast writing, editing, public relations and fund raising. BA in Journalism from Cal State University, Northridge.

Emily Luke

Recruiting Manager.  Ten years of experience in recruiting management with both small and large companies. Emily has sourced and hired talent across a variety of industries including retail, technology, telecommunications, construction and more. In addition to recruiting, she has experience in Product Management and Strategy as well as experience leading cross functional teams.  BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington.