About Us

Since 2009 Tactegra has been certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.  Today, Tactegra is both a certified Veterans Administration Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and a North Carolina Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

Tactegra consultants respond to the complex business needs of our clients with simple, yet effective sustainable solutions.  With years of experience in the management consulting sphere, Tactegra professionals differentiate themselves by taking ownership of the client problem and pride in our ability to develop and execute solutions that satisfy the needs of clients in both the commercial and government marketplace.

Over the last decade, we have come to understand that our clients have choices when selecting a management consulting professional services partner.  With that understanding, we strive to deliver the best overall value to the clients we serve.  As a lean organization, we are constantly striving to manage our cost to serve so that we can pass those cost savings along to our clients.  With our people being our most-valuable-asset, Tactegra strives to provide industry leading talent and is committed to delivering our services in a reasonably priced yet effective manner.


United States Postal Service                        Accenture                                          City of Houston

Duke Energy                                                   Hitachi                                                North Carolina National Guard

Experian                                                          TIAA                                                    Johnson Controls

Bank of America                                             Wells Fargo                                        TD Bank

United States Marine Corps                         Steritech                                             Aramark

Founded by Ian Cato and Izzy Sanchez, who have a collective 60 years of banking, manufacturing, finance and health care experience, Tactegra helps organizations to spot and solve business problems. Your business is not an engine. You’d like it to function on time, but you also want more out of your people as well. This is where culture, values, rewards, and a host of other human issues come into play. This is the complexity of business process, and why it lies at the heart of everything.

Our headquarters are in historic downtown Concord, N.C. Shoot us an email, pick up the phone, or even better, drop in and chew our ear off. We relish a good challenge!


SDVOSB VA Certified                                                     CAGE Code: 59E12

ACDBE/DBE North Carolina Certified                         DUNS: 828905252

MBE CVNMSDC Certified                                              NAICS Primary: 541611

SBA Certification: Current 8a Applicant                     NAICS Secondary: 541614, 541618, 541690, 611430,

Our Leadership Team


Ian Cato

Managing Partner

As Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Tactegra, Ian Cato is a seasoned leader in Process Program Design and Team Effectiveness. With a passion for creating a customer centric experience, Ian has a proven track record of delivering profitable results focused on cost optimization and revenue generation. Cato now brings over 27 years of military and corporate experience as a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. His true strength is in understanding the practical aspects of making changes to a company’s way of doing business. Cato’s passion and integrity, combined with education and experience, make him a sought after consultant by companies wishing to align their priorities for success.In addition to his professional accolades, Ian also believes in giving back and being a voice for the future of effective business practices. As a key member of the Advisory Board for the University of Charlotte Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems, Ian contributes to the continuous improvement of training programs that will produce our future leaders.

Industry Experience: Financial Services, Credit Card, Mortgage, Technology, Telecom, Real Estate, Government, Military, Healthcare, Insurance, Hospital Systems, Manufacturing, and more.

The impact of Ian’s passion for improvement has benefited organizations in all industries and geographies, such as: American Broadcasting Corporation, Bank of America, General Electric, Johnson Controls, United States Marine Corps, United States Postal Service, Viacom, WellPoint, Inc. and more.


Ismael “Izzy” Sanchez


Ismael Sanchez, better known to his clients as Izzy, approaches every problem with the dual intellect of an experienced businessman and highly-qualified engineer. As Partner and Co-Founder of Tactegra, Izzy has more than 30 years of experience leading and implementing business improvements and has deployed hundreds of continuous improvement initiatives. The depth of Sanchez’s knowledge comes from having worked extensively with a wide variety of National and International Corporations. During his tenure at American Standard, Sanchez created and delivered a customized Lean Six Sigma program that encompassed 16 plants in 9 different countries from Canada to Brazil. He then spent the better part of a decade at Bank of America, where the institution benefited from the dual effect of multi-million dollar savings and multi-million dollars in increased productivity. In one instance alone, the certifiable results amounted to $253 million in increased performance and efficiencies.

Industry Experience: Financial Services, Mortgage, Real Estate, Technology, Telecom, Manufacturing, Engineering, Government, and more.

Izzy’s optimization of resources (technical, human and facility) has benefited many companies around the globe, such as: American Standard, Bank of America, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, United States Postal Service, Xerox, and more.