2021 has been an important year in The Gunter Group’s journey. We named a new Partner, Matt Bader, at the beginning of the year, and now we are proud to announce our newest Partner, Tony Schweiss. What a great way to celebrate our 10th Anniversary!

Tony joined TGG in 2014 as a consultant after a career as an Officer in the U.S. Navy, and as a project manager in the construction industry. Over the last seven years, Tony has become a leader in our company, continually delivering stellar client service, developing new markets in Nevada and California, coaching and mentoring other TGGers, and supporting clients in Oregon. 

Tony has had a profound impact not only on our company’s business, but also on our Culture. At The Gunter Group, we take our Non-Negotiables seriously, and Tony embodies each of them. We are excited and proud to have Tony as an owner in TGG.

We are excited for our future at TGG under Tony and Matt’s leadership. To the next 10 years (and beyond)! 


We are really excited to be celebrating The Gunter Group’s 10 year anniversary! It has been an incredible journey these past 10 years, and we have so much for which to be thankful and proud.

Mike founded the company in 2011 with the intention of building a firm that could do meaningful work for clients, locally in Portland (to start), and that would serve our community. He also wanted to create a learning culture in which people of different experience levels and backgrounds could chart their own course and thrive, and do that in a super collaborative environment where the team not only valued working together, but also enjoyed each other’s company as part of the deal.

We are pretty proud to say we feel like that’s the environment that has been created at TGG over the last 10 years! Not only in Portland, but in our other markets in the Pacific Northwest and Western U.S.

We are fortunate to have not only worked with a lot of different clients and client companies, but to have also made many friends along the way. We feel a deep level of gratitude to all of our clients who, in the beginning especially, were willing to take a risk on a scrappy start up consulting firm trying to establish itself. Thank you!

We are also so proud of our team. It is meaningful and significant to us to have team members that have been with us since the beginning; when we could all fit around a lunch room table. Those team members have been so critical to the success of the firm, and to attracting more and more highly skilled and experienced people to the firm. Our company is our team, and our culture is what drives us.  

The culture that has been built at TGG is what led to our Non-Negotiables.  These 6 core values – Collaborative, Integrity, Intellectual Curiosity, Thrives in Ambiguity, Emotional Intelligence, Grounded Confidence – emerged organically a few years ago from discussing how we were already operating as a team. They represent our North Star as a firm, and govern how we work together as a team as well as with our clients and communities.

We look at things like this: we get to be surrounded by 50 something people that we respect professionally and enjoy personally. We are so fortunate!  The desire to maintain our culture is what drives our decisions around growth and the future.

We are so excited about what the future brings for TGG in the next 10 years and beyond, and we want to thank everyone who has been with us on this journey so far. Here’s to the next 10 years!


We are proud to announce Matt Bader as the newest Partner in The Gunter Group.

Matt joined TGG in 2011 as a Consultant, and was the first full-time employee to join the company. Over the last ten years, Matt has developed into a clear leader in the company, delivering stellar client service, coaching and mentoring other TGGers, and driving growth in our Oregon market. Matt has had a significant impact on the growth trajectory and evolution of TGG, and his stamp on the company is unmistakable.  

We are excited and proud to have Matt as an owner in TGG because he has been a partner to us in every other way for a long time. Matt embodies each of our company’s Non-Negotiables, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate TGG’s 10 year anniversary, and we are excited to see where the next 10 years (and beyond!) takes us all!


At The Gunter Group, the leadership traits and characteristics that define us are our Non-Negotiables: Collaborative, Integrity, Intellectual Curiosity, Thrives in Ambiguity, Emotional Intelligence, and Grounded Confidence. These traits and characteristics guide us every day in our interactions with clients, each other, and our community.

Our Non-Negotiables are the foundation upon which we built our business. They provide the framework for how we hold ourselves accountable in our work and relationships. These six Non-Negotiables represent the leadership traits and characteristics we seek out and expect from each member of our team.

At TGG, we believe in the value of diverse experiences and often hire consultants from non-traditional backgrounds. Despite our different experiences, we find commonality through our Non-Negotiables. Growing our firm with people who have the ability and commitment to being adaptable, constantly learning, and acting with a strong moral compass, is more valuable to us than hiring people based on their years of consulting experience. We surround ourselves with people who lead with intention, not only within our team, but with our clients.   

Our Non-Negotiables define how we show up with our clients. We build relationships by working together to understand and solve problems. By listening, asking questions and immersing ourselves in our surroundings, we can adjust our approach to fit our clients’ working environments. But our Non-Negotiables are always there to guide us. We are persistent and go above and beyond to understand our clients’ businesses to find the right solutions. We always act in the best interest of our clients and are unafraid to ask the tough questions.

Over the next few months, we are introducing a blog series where our consultants will be sharing their perspectives on each of our six Non-Negotiables; how these traits and characteristics are translated within our company and applied to client engagements. We look forward to sharing more about our firm culture with our clients and our community.