Taino Consulting Group Acquires Windwalker Corporation, Creates New Windwalker Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
Caryn Alagno 202-236-9073
Jim Helein, 703-970-3536
Herby Duverné 617-797-9316
McLean, VA – Taino Consulting Group, a Boston-based 8(a)-certified cybersecurity, physical security, and professional services firm, today announced that it has acquired Northern Virginia-based Windwalker Corporation. The combined entity will become Windwalker Group and operate under the 8(a) designation.
“We are incredibly excited about this acquisition,” said Taino Consulting Group CEO Herby Duverné. “It means we have a broader set of capabilities, a bigger team of experienced professionals and a larger customer base from which to grow the organization rapidly. I’m looking forward to all that we’ll do together.”
Duverné will lead the combined organization as CEO.
“This is an incredible opportunity for growth for both organizations, and for every employee,” said Windwalker Vice President and Managing Director Jim Helein. “Today, Taino and Windwalker are similar agencies in both size and revenue. Together, we will be able to offer a wider suite of services to our customers, and to pursue and win additional business.”
Helein will lead the Windwalker office in Washington.
The acquisition comes as Windwalker founders Barbara Waite and Hallie Shilling announced their retirement. Together, Waite and Shilling led Windwalker for 25 years. The business has been recognized multiple times as a Top 500 Diversity-owned Business and a Top 500 Women-owned business.
The new Windwalker Group will retain its Northern Virginia presence and offer cybersecurity, physical security and professional services solutions – including the award-winning custom eLearning, training, and program research for which Windwalker is known – to a broad array of government and commercial clients. It chose to retain the Windwalker name because of its strong reputation in its service areas and the Washington region.
Windwalker Group aims to grow its footprint in the federal, state and local government arena as well as in the commercial sector where it supports clients such as Keolis, The U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Postal Service, the Transportation Security Agency, Amtrak and the Army National Guard. The organization will have a combined staff of nearly 200 professionals in Boston and the DC area.