The 2019 Top 25 Consultants: Scott McIntyre

Scott McIntyre


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Scott McIntyre set out to make sure he did not have a boring career. So, he chose the consulting profession. “It was definitely by design,” he says. “I thought it would reduce boredom by providing an opportunity to work on different assignments, with different teams and different clients.”

And it’s paid off for both McIntyre and his clients. 

Today, McIntyre is the CEO of Guidehouse and a partner focused on government, aerospace and defense. His experience includes financial modeling, debt and cost restructuring and M&A transaction services.

Prior to joining Guidehouse, McIntyre was a partner at PwC where he led their U.S. and global public sector businesses as well as their U.S. National Security Practice. He was previously partner at KPMG focused on government, aerospace and defense, and industrial manufacturing clients.

As him about the accomplishment he’s most proud of over the course of his career and he’ll say it was “helping to turn a large company around staving off bankruptcy, layoffs and a likely broader economic impact.”

An impressive achievement, for sure. And along the way he says what he enjoys most about consulting has been “meeting and working with really great clients.”

Those clients provided plenty of motivation for McIntyre over the years, but three clients are only half the equation. McIntyre is also keenly focused on his people. When you ask him what has motivated him over the course of his career, he touches on both aspects of the business, saying: “The responsibility of serving clients and growing peoples’ careers” motivates him. And that second part—the people—is one of the keys to his success, he says. In fact, one of the biggest factors to a successful consultancy, he says, is “hiring strong leaders.” 

And once you hire them you need to train and develop them, of course. To that end, McIntyre says he received some pretty solid advice some years back when a colleague told him he’ll need to spend three-quarters of his time on people.

McIntyre holds a Master of Science from The Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Business Administration from Willamette University and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Jefferson College. He is the chairman of the board of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and a board member of the Baldrige Foundation. 

And he can confirm that his career, at least thus far, has been anything but boring. 

What does winning Consulting’s Top 25 Award mean to you? 

McIntyre: “It’s a humbling recognition for the hard work of a lot of other people at Guidehouse.”