After receiving a mechanical engineering degree, Rick Campfield dove headfirst into the corporate workforce, amassing 20 years in sales, operations, marketing and business management for multinationals Siemens and Johnson Controls. He then spent a decade in leadership and consulting roles for smaller regional companies while also securing a mid-career MBA. His culminating project drew focus on an obvious gap he had experienced personally. On the one hand, companies need to find expertise quickly to take their business to the next level. On the other, more and more consultancies are emerging as an easy way for talented professionals to apply their expertise with multiple clients. The missing link – despite a decadelong wave of matchmaking platforms, none were designed to link the busy company executive with the talented consultant. In January 2019, Campfield decided he would step up to fill this critical gap. He picked up his work-in-progress, engaged a series of advisors and technicians, and began building ConsultantDeck.