Senior Leadership

Albert Taras

Founder and President

Albert is responsible for TCG’s strategic vision, planning and day-to-day management of the firm, as well as serving as executive sponsor for key client partnerships. Albert has 36 years of dedication to the travel industry and has led TCG Consulting from its inception in 1994. He has completed over 200 client engagements across the globe, spanning strategy development, global program consolidation, and the integration of travel, meetings, payment & expense.

In addition to vast industry knowledge gained through personal work experience, Albert is recognized as an industry innovator and has developed many best practices that have been adopted across the globe. Albert has been a feature speaker and panelist at leading events around the world on a variety of industry related topics across Finance, Procurement, Shared Services, Meetings and Travel. Albert’s team was recognized by Milliken & Company as the Global Supplier of the Year in 2002.

Albert has logged over seven million air miles as part of his travel to more than 105 countries spanning six continents. He brings a universal understanding of global markets, languages, cultures and protocols to his role at TCG and in support of client requirements across the globe.

Greg Brown

Chief Financial Officer

Greg oversees the Financial, Accounting & Resource Management and Reporting for the firm, enabling him to support from both a strategic and operational perspective. He is based out of the global headquarters office in Charlotte.

For over 25 years Greg’s career has been devoted to serving entrepreneurs and the companies that they create.   With deep understanding of investment transactions of all types, Greg has participated in over $150 million of private and public financings.  His experience both as an investor and as part of management teams seeking investment has enabled an understanding of both perspectives, allowing the ability to bring that understanding to the table for the benefit of all parties.

Greg has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Iowa, and resides in Charlotte, NC.

Pam Montag

VP, Operations and Finance

Pam oversees TCG’s functional operations across all facets of Client Delivery (including Project Management), Finance, Human Resources and Administration. A long-standing leader within the management team of TCG, Pam brings extensive experience at the senior executive levels of Finance, Accounting, Strategic Planning, HR, IT, Purchasing and Distribution groups of global public companies. Pam is based in TCG’s global headquarters office in Charlotte, NC USA.

James Garzon

Managing Director, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, APAC

James leads TCG’s Asia Pacific region and the Hong Kong Regional Headquarters office as well as fulfilling a global leadership role working closely with diverse multinational client organizations.

James is responsible for TCG’s corporate management and direction in APAC, in addition to key client partnerships and engagements, plus management oversight of APAC consultants and analysts.

His long-standing professional services career across the Asia Pacific region, with nearly a decade centralized in Hong Kong, uniquely positions his ability to navigate the client’s growth and development objectives through a challenging and uncertain economic climate.

James brings to his role multi-faceted experience delivering results across strategic planning, shared services, contracts, and policy management. As a former Chief Operations Officer for a leading international professional services consultancy, James worked with high profile global companies successfully developing innovative strategies that drove growth and maximized profit margins.

Christy Harner

Senior Advisor

Christy is a passionate brand developer and marketing strategist who helps companies innovate, establish their brands, partner strategically, and market successfully. Over the past 12 years, she has helped to raise capital, develop products, and build marketing strategies for dozens of innovative companies around the world. Her specialty is B2B marketing and sales alignment, with an emphasis on creative strategy and channel partner relationships. She has an undergrad degree in Cultural Studies and a Master of Business from Queens University of Charlotte.

Graham Ruskin

Managing Director, Advisory Services

Graham leads TCG’s Advisory Services and is responsible for global leadership across all aspects (team, project, results, etc.) of successful engagement delivery for our clients. An increasing number of TCG’s local, regional and global projects now also include the adoption of Total Cost of Ownership for Travel, Meetings, Payment & Expense (TCO-TMPE®) methodologies and Graham is an influential contributor within this ongoing initiative. Additional responsibilities encompass the fulfillment of executive sponsor responsibilities for key clients, driving new and existing client revenues and managing strategic industry alliances.

Graham brings to TCG comprehensive industry knowledge across travel, meetings, payment and expense, has attended and spoken at numerous industry events and worked with leading organizations across multiple industries. With a growing number of travel programs reaching, or showing signs of a path towards, maturity, end-to-end program integration and increased spend under management will remain at the core of Advisory Services solutions for our clients. Since joining TCG in 2013, Graham’s efforts and results have supported the achievement of several important company milestones.

Graham and his family are pleased to refer to Charlotte, NC as home, and enjoy traveling to experience new parts of the world when time allows.

Darcy Taylor

Managing Director, Management Services

Darcy Taylor is responsible for the long-term strategic direction and operational oversight of TCG’s Management Services.  She serves as a Subject Matter Expert for global, multi-national, and domestic clients spanning numerous industry verticals and program configurations.

Darcy brings 25 years of experience and leadership to her role, with deep experience managing global travel, card & expense management, government compliance, accounting, forecasting, budgeting, plus system implementation programs and initiatives.