In April 2008, Rick Campfield starting a consulting practice. While searching the Internet for consultants to benchmark from, he discovered there were no single, local proprietor results. In fact, the first several pages of major search engines consisted of companies around the world, from consulting associations to magazines with consulting articles. Rick also reflected on the challenges he had throughout his career when looking for and selecting consultants.
After interviewing numerous consultants and companies, Rick discovered a business opportunity; create a website that will showcase expert consultants and make it easy for companies to find them. Thus, the ideal of Akatal was born. It wasn't until Rick's MBA culminating project in the winter of 2012 that he finalized the plan and began website development.