Company of the Year

Tecolote Research

Award Sponsor: JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Tecolote Research is an employee-owned company providing decision support, program management, project controls, software solutions, thought leadership, management consulting, and risk analysis to the federal government. Its primary customers include all the Department of Defense services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense), multiple agencies within the intelligence community, numerous programs under the Department of Homeland Security, and a multitude of other federal agencies (including, among others, NASA, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the Federal Aviation Administration).

Tecolote’s tenets are fourfold: 1) maintain a company where skilled staff are provided a supportive and rewarding environment in which to work; 2) provide customers with the best cost, scheduling, financial, and acquisition support services; 3) enhance customer business practices and management decision processes; and 4) maintain a high-quality product.

The company’s slogan of “Bridging Engineering and Economics” defines the basis of its operations. With staff comprised of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and software architects and developers working closely with their business, financial, and economics counterparts, Tecolote is able to provide trusted advice to the U.S. government on some of the nation’s most sensitive and critical programs.

Founded in 1973, Tecolote has grown from its original two founders in Santa Barbara to more than 800 professionals nationwide across 27 locations in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Since 1989, the company has used an employee stock ownership plan to enable all its employee-owners to participate and share in its financial success. Company revenue is expected to exceed $270 million this year – a record high.