Program Advisors’ heritage began with the experience and education provided by Founding Partners Scott Leavell and Pat Wulf’s ascendency into Vice President/Partner roles within the Big Four, as well as the discipline of their undergraduate training from Georgia Tech’s engineering programs. While the background and experience were foundational to their focus on serving clients, their ability to do so in a way that they felt proud of was diminished by the challenging post-dot.com era and the transition of E&Y’s consulting partnership to a public company environment when Capgemini acquired it. Pressures combined that made “producing numbers” a greater focus than serving clients. Both Pat and Scott desired a firm with a focus on delivering high value and quality client service while having the ability to spend more time with clients producing these results.
Scott was the first to make the jump out of the Big Four environment, starting IT Program Associates in the summer of 2002. After years of working together at Ernst & Young, Pat and Scott had become close colleagues and shared a mutual desire for a closer focus on client service. As the summer of 2003 approached, Pat joined Scott as the second Founding Partner of IT Program Associates. The former colleagues from Ernst & Young and fellow alumni of Georgia Tech set out to create a Firm that followed one primary rule: always do what’s in the best interest of our clients.