2ndWave LLC is a management and
technology consulting firm providing
a focused set of financial management,
grants management, program management, and technology solutions
to public sector clients. “Our certified
professionals have extensive experience implementing large, complex
public sector programs; helping our clients solve their most pressing financial
and business management challenges;
and implementing proven leading-edge
technology solutions that enable them
to operate more efficiently while minimizing risks and costs,” says CEO
Keith Taylor. Consulting caught up
with Taylor to discuss the firm’s outstanding performance.
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your
firm’s exceptional growth?
Taylor: We developed a niche where
we’re a hybrid solutions provider—
part accounting firm and part technology firm. With those capabilities
we’re able to provide the full range of
services to an organization’s Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, we have
focused on building a small consulting
firm with a big firm mentality. Most of
our associates spent their formative
years in the Big 4 consulting firms,
and both our CEO and our Director of
Enterprise Solutions are former partners in those types of organizations.
Consulting: How is this year
shaping up for your firm?
Taylor: This year we’re focused on
leveraging some major successes
from the previous year. In 2015, we
played a major role in transitioning
the first cabinet-level federal agency
to a shared services provider for financial management. We’ve invested in ways to make those types of
transitions easier for other agencies,
in the areas of financial management, grants management, and other
shared services savings opportunities. Those investments are beginning to pay off this year.
Consulting: How would you
describe your firm’s outlook
for 2017? Where do you see
the most opportunities?
Taylor: We expect 2017 to be a
banner year. We have aggressively
hired senior, experienced staff, and
have developed a more focused go-to-market strategy that leverages our
successes to date. We’ve also started to penetrate accounts where we
currently have no presence, but have
relationships from our prior big firm
roles, and where there is a strong
need for shared services and financial management expertise.
Consulting: What are your
firm’s biggest challenges in
Taylor: With strong growth comes
the need to continue to find top talent. There are many options out there
for smart, aggressive consultants.
As a small firm, we’re able to offer
hard-working, capable consultants
responsible leadership positions a lot
earlier than what they’ll get in other
firms. In addition to challenging client
roles, we offer them a hands-on role
in building an innovative, employ-ee-centric company. The word is getting out that we’re a great firm to be a
part of, and we expect to significantly
increase our headcount in 2017.
Consulting: What does being
named one of Consulting’s
Fastest Growing Firms mean
to your firm, your employees
and your clients?
Taylor: We are very excited about
the award; it is a testament to the hard
work of everyone in the 2nd Wave family. Our employees take great pride in
this achievement. We expect that our
clients will as well; we work alongside
them every day and their confidence
in our ability to solve their problems is
a big reason for our growth.
HQ: WASHINGTON, DC