Marquis Group Senior Client Service Team

We Proudly Serve a broad spectrum of Fortune 500 companies.

Since its inception in 2000, Marquis Group has successfully managed hundreds of training grant and tax credit projects for mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies in a diverse array of industries.

Read our quick questionnaire to determine whether or not your next training project has funding potential, and if you should consider using a consultant.

A cross section of clients that we have successfully assisted include:


Meet our Senior Client Service Team

Ken Smith, Marquis Group

Ken Smith
(512) 336-9144
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Ken founded the Marquis Group in 2000 and is a recognized expert in state & federal training incentive programs. Ken has direct experience in over 75 different funding streams. He has a deep understanding of state-funded programs, periodic special US DOL initiatives, and on-going Federal Workforce Investment ACT (WIA) funding. Ken has also served as a technical presenter regarding training incentives at various client Learning & Development conferences and Economic Development seminars.

A University of Colorado alum, Ken is a licensed CPA and began his career in 1992 with KPMG in San Francisco. At KMPG, Ken specialized in state and local taxation, gaining extensive experience in strategic income/franchise tax minimization planning, sales & use tax, business incentives, and payroll tax. In 1997, Ken departed KPMG to co-found a state tax consulting practice, STC, specializing in the procurement of state government incentives (tax and non-tax) for corporations.

When not grinding it out in the office, Ken is a doubles sand volleyball fanatic, frequently handing out (and sometimes receiving) beat-downs at his home volleyball court. Other interests include rock climbing, mountain biking, surfing, snowboarding/skiing, and roughing it up with his dogs.


Abbey Tootle, Marquis Group

Abbey Tootle
(512) 336-8100
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Abbey has been with the Marquis Group since 2003 and has extensive experience managing multi-state grant projects. Abbey engages with clients to develop a grant strategy, and then oversees projects from application development through administration and close-out. Abbey maintains working relationships with state-level grant administrators across the country and has experience accessing the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Abbey graduated Cum Laude from Baylor University with a degree in Business Administration and recently earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. She began her career in technology consulting with Arthur Andersen and has also worked in non-profit fundraising for KIPP Delta Public Schools, a network of charter schools serving low-income students.

Outside of work, you can find Abbey training for her latest marathon or volunteering on the board of the Artists Screen Printing Cooperative. Abbey is a proud member of the Cosmopolitan Rotary Club of Austin and is currently serving as President.


Justin Letsinger, Marquis Group

Justin Letsinger
(512) 853-9588

Justin joined the Marquis Group in early 2012 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Justin has become a valuable member of the Marquis team and is quickly developing program-specific technical knowledge. He supports a wide number of active state and federal projects and puts his strong analytical skills to work when handling training data and reporting.

Justin's move to Austin in 2011 has given him many new opportunities for adventure. He and his wife, Shelby, have a French bulldog puppy, "Moose", who is quite possibly the most adorable, fun-loving dog of all time. Justin's broad skillset extends to the cooking realm, where he has become widely recognized as a premier chef for office lunches. When he's not grinding it out in the office, Justin enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, camping, BBQing, and good fiction.