The Olympia office of MGT of America Public specializes in helping colleges and universities plan new campuses and tackle associated problems.

For the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, for instance, MGT developed and pilot-tested specifications for a state-level space-utilization and inventory-data reporting system.

Such projects are typical of the ones taken on by Denis Curry, a senior partner in the nationwide management research and consulting firm, partners Edward P. Humble, a former school superintendent, and Dodds Cromwell, an architect, along with a local staff of 12.

When they work on projects anywhere else in the country, they rely on the resources of more than 100 professionals companywide with specialties ranging from human resources to welfare reform.

When the educational budget and planning specialist first opened its Olympia office, Curry was the entire staff and operated out of a modest office in downtown Olympia. Today, the company office in Westside Olympia has 2,801-square-feet of space.

Among those the Olympia staff has worked on are the University of Washington at Tacoma, the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Washington State Board of Education, The Evergreen State College and the Olympia School District. Curry says that such p;projects have made MGT the nation’s leading consulting company in its area of speciality—higher education.

MGT of America is based in Tallahassee, Fla., where it recently was awarded the 1999 Small Business of the Year Award by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. MGT is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and its 11th year of operation in Olympia, the capital city where Curry coordinates much of his work.

The corporation has come a long way since founders Ken Boutwell and Steve McArthur first opened a small office in Tallahassee. In the past year, the corporation reported more than $10 million in revenue from its six offices—a far cry from the $14,000 earned in the company’s first year.

The company has grown so fast in recent times that it’s no longer eligible for the small business award it recently won in Tallahassee. The competition is open to businesses with less than 99 employees. At the time it was nominated, MGT had 83 employees—today it has 112.

In addition to its Tallahassee headquarters and its Olympia branch, MGT has offices in Austin, Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Fort Myers, Fla. Revenue growth companywide has been increasing at the rate of more than 20 percent a year, Curry says.

By Kamilla K. McClelland, Business Examiner staff