For Steve Chase, it all comes down to teamwork. One of the founding members of KPMG's U.S. Management Consulting practice in 2009, Chase assumed leadership of the U.S. practice last December.
This month, he was named one of Consulting magazine's Top 25 Consultants of 2015. Chase was honored at the magazine's awards dinner in New York on June 18.
"I'm extremely proud of the role I have had the opportunity to play in rebuilding Management Consulting and our global technology capabilities," Chase says. "I'm also proud of the decades-long relationships I have established with my clients and the challenges we have worked to overcome. Lastly, I am most proud that a large group of partners and managing directors who I have coached over the years, credit me with having helped them achieve their career goals."
Chase says he has been on a journey with KPMG for many years - from joining the firm in 1994, through the split into KPMG Consulting/Bearing Point in 2001, then rejoining KPMG in 2004.
During the past 12 months, Management Consulting has built its capabilities in technology, health care and strategy, strengthening alliances, growing organically and acquiring such firms as Beacon, Cynergy, Link Analytics, Zanett and others.
"We've developed unique market offerings and have been recognized by analysts and the broader marketplace as a firm that can deliver from strategy through execution," he added. "Providing these to our clients has not only changed the solutions and capabilities we have, but also the way that we deliver them."
Meanwhile, Management Consulting recently launched the first of its KPMG Ignition Centers in Denver and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Centers reflect the changing delivery models around consulting and are built to drive design, collaboration and support agile delivery.
Noting that he feels fortunate to have worked with clients and leaders throughout his career who have trusted him with their biggest challenges, Chase was not expecting the accolade.
"It came as a huge surprise," he says. "It's an incredible honor to be recognized for the contributions I've made to KPMG's Management Consulting business, to our people, and ultimately to our clients. Our ability to combine our creative people with our clients' diverse challenges is unique to consulting. When we get that right, our clients and our people are successful. I'm also proud of the recognition this award will bring to my team and the people who have supported me."