Karl Bortnick, Ph.D.
Information Practice Leader

Karl Bortnick, Ph.D. is a highly accomplished executive, manager and technologist who leverages human and capital resources to achieve business, project and systems objectives.  His proven track record in strategic planning has enabled him to successfully identify projects, raise funds from diverse sources, select and implement relevant business technology solutions. He is particularly adept in building consensus and effective teams, which are customer focused on decreasing costs and risks while increasing profitability and satisfaction.

Dr. Bortnick has been a trusted adviser to educational and social service organizations with international as well as local focus.  He brings to the table grant development as well as wide ranging business and technology management skills. He has performed numerous non-technical assignments.   He has been an international Fulbright/French Government research and teaching Fellow (Blaise Pascal University, France), an agency-based Field Instructor (Temple University Social Administration), the Editor of the CFO’s IT News Letter Editor (Lincoln University), and a Homeland Security Government-based Project Associate (University of Pennsylvania).

Before his consulting career, Dr. Bortnick served six (6) Mayors throughout Philadelphia’s 53 departments, boards and commissions in various official roles as Information Center Manager, Systems Development Director, Project Management Office Director, Director of Information Technology and interim Chief Information Officer. He has done intensive and extensive work in accounting, budgeting, and collections systems as well as departmental applications. For example, he has solved complex acquisition, interface, and applications challenges for: Office, Mail and Imaging deployments, small and large Financial and Billing Systems; and, Internet, web and eCommerce applications.

A native of Philadelphia, Karl has extensive, active volunteer community service involvement: current Board Member of the Alliance Française, the Pan American Association, and Carson Valley School; and, past Project Manager for Information Systems in the City’s Combined Campaign; past active member Set Engineering Design & Construction at Stagecrafters Theater; past President Advisory Council at the Water Tower Recreation Center; past Chairperson Community Association Education Committee in Chestnut Hill; past Chairperson Board Committee for Long Range Planning Philadelphia Big Sisters; and, past Member Agency Management Assistance and Children Services Committees at the United Way.

Our Associates

  • Joel F. Smith, President & CEO
  • Neil J. Abitabilo, Operations and Finance Practice Leader
  • Karl Bortnick, Ph.D., Information Practice Leader
  • Annette Cremo, Ph.D., Training Practice Leader
  • Kendall A Elsom, Jr, Executive Search & Talent Acquisition Practice Leader
  • Thomas W Aiken, Finance Practice Leader
  • Ben Goldberg, Finance Practice Leader, Small cap
  • Patricia Weeks, Life Science Business Practice Leader
  • Matt Hugg, Nonprofit Practice Leader
  • Maria Semple, Prospect Research & Social Media
  • Gail Cooperman, MLD,, Marketing Practice Leader
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    Karl  Bortnick

    Karl Bortnick, Ph.D.

    Information Practice Leader