AUSTIN, TX: Ford veteran Scott Monty has brought together a team of consultants in a new group called Brain+Trust Partners.
The consultancy, led by Monty as CEO, is focusing on counseling executives in Fortune 500 or 1,000 companies. Its partners consist of Monty; startup veteran Tim Hayden; Frank Eliason, formerly of Citi and Comcast; ex-Crowd Companies executive Angus Nelson; and Christopher Barger, formerly of GM and IBM.
"We knew instinctively that there were those [of us] who worked on the inside of the big companies, forging new strategies and new ways of doing business that simply hadn't been done before," Monty said. "We didn't have many colleagues to turn to."
The consultancy was six years in the making, Monty wrote in his blog announcing the group, but the timing wasn’t right until this summer, "the planet happened to line up for us."
The consultancy is also building a network of freelancers. Its services will cover strategic communications and marketing, management consulting, and digital and tech strategy for executive leaders. Monty said he is looking to expand into other verticals.
"The network is designed to accommodate a more flexible workforce," he said. "If we had this network of freelancers to turn to, who were vetted, we would be able to bring them on or off projects as we needed them."
The firm officially opened on Wednesday. It has a small base office in Austin, but the partners all work remotely from their respective cities around the country.
"We’ve identified a gap and we’re trying to fill it," said Tim Hayden, president of Brain+Trust. "We see ourselves as a formidable ally to build out our network in a way and establish relationships in a way that people can lean on us in varying degrees."
Monty left his position as global digital and multimedia communications manager at Ford after six years in 2014. He spent a short time at Shift Communications before launching his own agency a year later. Monty began his career working in healthcare communications.