The strength of TCG emanates from the people who make up the team.  They are good listeners, problem solvers, innovative, pragmatic, and respectful. Each team member is truly committed to seeing a job through to a successful completion.

Their success stems from the “tailor-made strategies” they develop for each client. They have humility, a sense of humor and most importantly they get results!!

Tim Thompson, Chief Executive Officer

Tim Thompson founded the firm in January 2001 after spending approximately nine years at the law firm of Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, where he established a successful consulting practice.  He currently is the President of Thompson Consulting Group.  Prior to working at Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Tim served as the Legislative Assistant, District Director and eventually Congressman Norm Dicks’ top aide.  He worked for Congressman Dicks in Washington D.C. and the State of Washington for close to 10 years.

Over the past twenty-five years, Tim has established himself as one of the Northwest’s top government affairs experts and negotiators on complex public/private natural resources, environmental, transportation and economic development issues.  He has successfully negotiated and secured necessary funding for some of the Pacific Northwest’s most complex environmental and economic development agreements, including the successful completion and implementation of the Puyallup Indian Land Claims Settlement, our West Coast Salmon Recovery Fund, the Port of Tacoma’s Evergreen Shipping line expansion which also led to the relocation of the Puyallup Tribe’s Casino to a location on Interstate 5, the cleanup and redevelopment of the Thea Foss Waterway, the Centralia Power Plant clean up, the Washington Forest and Fish Agreement and a host of major transportation projects including the completion of the second Narrows Bridge, leading a successful effort to pass the $12.5 billion State transportation package and completing SR-167 and SR-509.

Tim has built a boutique private and public federal government affairs practice with international, national and local businesses on issues affecting business and government.  He has assisted countless public and private entities develop successful legislative and regulatory strategies in securing federal, state and local funding approval and support for their initiatives over the past 25 years in the private sector.  Tim’s knowledge of both the public and private sector gives him a unique insight on how to navigate clients through the complexities of the business and government environments. His extensive background in these matters has allowed him to be a trusted confidant of key Members of Congress , countless other elected officials and business leaders who rely on his extensive experience with critical Washington State issues.

Tim is a graduate of Gonzaga University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.  He is active in a number of organizations and is heavily involved with local charities.

Kate Babbo, Chief Operating Officer

Kate Babbo has been with Thompson Consulting Group since its incorporation in 2001. During her time with the company, Kate has been a part of all facets of the operation of the business. Kate possesses a diverse background which allows her to offer a unique skill set to our clients. Kate provides our clients expert help in the federal appropriation process having been part of repeated successful efforts, government affairs planning and execution, and advanced problem solving for our clients emerging issues.

While at Thompson Consulting Group Kate was able to earn her Masters in Education from the University of Washington. Coupled with her undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and English, Kate has become a valued resource for our clients in the education field, including both public and private institutions. Along with her policy work, Kate has spearheaded campaigns that have raised substantial amounts of funds for learning institutions in our area.

Putting her leadership skills to work Kate has been a part of many area political campaigns, from local city races to large federal campaigns. This work has provided her with a broad knowledge base creating a strong foundation in politics, enhancing the firms offering to our clients.

Prior to joining Thompson Consulting Group, Kate worked in the manufacturing sector. Working in a team setting Kate became adept at interfacing with clients making sure all agreed to deliverables of the business relationship were met. Kate spent several years learning valuable skills in contract procurement and fulfillment which have translated to her work at the firm.

Mike Welch, Senior Vice President

Mike Welch joined Thompson Consulting Group at the beginning of 2006. Mike brings years of experience in business development, marketing, and politics. Mike serves our clients by providing strategic guidance and facilitation for the procurement of both public and private contracts, implementing Federal, State, and local government affairs plans, and managing projects critical to the overall success of our clients’ respective organizations.

Before joining Thompson Consulting Group, Mike worked as Marketing Manager for a high tech company specializing in large government contracts. His employer focused on managing information for several branches of the military as well as for non military entities in the public sector. Mike was specifically in charge of executing marketing and strategic growth efforts for a multi million dollar R&D product that had just been commercialized.

Prior to working in the high tech sector Mike was the Campaign Manager for Congressman Norm Dicks in 2004. As Campaign Manager, Mike supervised a staff of over ten people across an area covering six counties in Western Washington. This was the second campaign for Congressman Dicks that he was a part of, beginning his work in 2002.

Mike graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Economics and as a member of the International Economics Honor Society. Upon completion of his undergraduate work Mike went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

Curt Smitch, Senior Vice President

Curt Smitch has served in a variety of roles with the state and federal government throughout his thirty year public service career. After leaving his position as an assistant professor at Michigan State University, Curt began his Washington State government career under Governor Dixie Lee Ray in 1979 as the Capital Budget Coordinator for the Office of Financial Management. Thereafter, Curt held management positions in the Washington State Department of Fisheries and later became Director of the Washington State Department of Wildlife. He also served as senior policy advisor for natural resources for Governor Gardner and Governor Locke.

In 1994, Curt served in the Clinton Administration as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Program Supervisor for the Pacific Northwest Habitat Conservation Plan Program. In 1995 he was promoted to Assistant Regional Director, Region 1, in charge of the HCP program for the Region and the President’s Forest Plan. In 1997, he returned to Washington State government as Special Policy Advisor to Governor Locke for Natural Resources. With the ESA listing of Puget Sound Chinook salmon in 1998, he chaired the Governor’s Natural Resource Cabinet and set up the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office.

Curt holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from Michigan State University, a Masters in Environmental Sciences and a BS and BA in Biology from Western Washington University. He also successfully completed the Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Curt Smitch has served with the following associations:
* Commissioner, Oregon and Washington,US/CanadaPacific Salmon Commission, 1997-2003
* Chair, US/Canada, Pacific Salmon Commission, 2000
* Chair Elect, Policy Advisory Committee, Olympic Natural Resources Center, 1992-Present
* Chair Elect, Governor’s Council for Environmental Education, 1991-1994
* Chair, Water Resources Comm. of the International Assoc. of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, 1991
* President, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 1989
* Governor’s Appointee, to the State Forest Practices Board, 1984-1988
* Founding Member, Timber Fish and Wildlife Agreement, 1986

Bill Wilkerson, Senior Vice President

Bill Wilkerson was the executive director of the Washington Forest Protection Association, a group of large and small private forest landowners who grow, harvest and regrow trees on 4.5 million acres of land in Washington State.

Wilkerson recently led WFPA in negotiations with many Native American treaty tribes, and federal, county and state agencies, to gain legislative passage of the largest HCP in the country. This accomplishment – negotiating the largest HCP in the country that satisfies both the Endangered Species and Clean Water acts – is the first of its kind in the nation.

Prior to joining WFPA in 1996, Wilkerson was a partner in the law firm of Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim. He served as executive partner and as chair of the firm’s Resources Strategies Group.

Wilkerson has been active in the negotiation of natural resource issues for public and private organizations. He has helped timber and mining companies develop environmental clean-up strategies, landscape and habitat conservation plans.

Wilkerson was director of the Washington State Department of Revenue from 1986 to 1989, in the administration of Governor Booth Gardner. From 1982 to 1986 he was director of the Washington State Fisheries Department, serving both Gardner and Governor John Spellman. Wilkerson also held positions with the federal government in Washington DC from 1969 to 1975, including the Interior and Commerce departments, the Executive Office of the President, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Wilkerson is a 1971 graduate of the University Of Oregon School Of Law and was admitted to the Washington State Bar the same year. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 from the University of Washington.

Julie Lantz, Office Manager

Julie Lantz became part of the Thompson Consulting Group family in 2013. Julie hit the ground running and takes care of the details that keep our office in motion. As the first point of contact at Thompson Consulting, Julie takes pride in creating a welcoming atmosphere for our clients.

Julie has a background in Research and Development, Manufacturing, Document Preservation and Archiving, as well as Information Technology. Prior to joining Thompson Consulting Group, Julie was the Office Manager at a manufacturing company at the forefront of food processing technology. The company invented, patented, and manufactured revolutionary machinery that ultimately led to their purchase by a large multinational company. Julie was responsible for the day-to-day operation, including staff and financial management.

After completing her Associates in Arts & Science Degree at Pierce College, Julie started her professional career at Microsoft in the application compatibility field. She later worked at a Records Management company for four years handling some of the most critical operational information for a number of firms. Julie’s knowledge and experience with both the front and back of the office procedures has proven to be a valuable asset to Thompson Consulting Group.

Ryan Thompson, Office Manager

Ryan Thompson joined Thompson Consulting Group in 2014, after attending Gonzaga University and studying Political Science and Business, Ryan now serves as Vice President for Thompson Consulting Group. He currently is a co-lead on a host of public and private clients providing strategic advice, essential research, and direct assistance on issues affecting our clients. He is developing an expertise on federal, state and local regulatory affairs. In a short period of time, Ryan has worked to achieve successful outcomes for the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, The Puyallup Tribe, the SR-167 Completion Coalition and the Lummi, Upper Skagit and Tulalip Tribes with the development of their Hatchery Genetic Management Plans that are essential to their fishing. Ryan also participates in Tacoma – Seattle charitable endeavors.