Aquisition of The Willow Group

Kristin Kacir // August 4, 2014

Improving Holdings, LLC. ("Improving") a full-service technology consulting and training firm, has acquired The Willow Group, Inc., a management and information technology consulting firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a six-time Inc500/5000 recipient (2009-2014 Honor Roll), the transaction is expected to increase Improving's annualized revenue by more than $10,000,000 in 2015 and will expand its geographic reach within the Midwestern region of the United States.

In addition, this merger represents the continued execution and success of Improving's "Enterprise Model," an innovative business strategy focused on merging service companies who share a genuine commitment to excellence, service and culture. The model combines localized incentives and ownership behavior with the power and benefit of leveraged services and common vision. As a result, the entire Willow Group leadership team will continue operating and growing the Minnesota business, contributing to Improving’s continued success across the Midwest.

"The secret is to truly preserve the local ownership behavior which has already made each of these companies successful," states Curtis Hite, CEO of Improving Enterprises. “We have had tremendous success in Columbus, Houston, and Calgary and we are very confident that the Minneapolis Enterprise will continue this trend. In addition, The Willow Group’s focus within the financial services sector will strategically accelerate our establishment of vertically aligned services.

The Willow Group’s service offerings focus on delivering critical information systems and business process improvements in two major vertical markets – financial services and healthcare. The merger will significantly strengthen the breadth and depth of technical consulting services, business process management services, and training offerings that can now be leveraged across all of Improving’s markets. Furthermore, it will expedite efforts for Improving to pursue its’ strategy to grow vertical industry specializations, starting with Financial Services.

"We are thrilled with the Improving merger," states Leroy Thydean, President of The Willow Group. “Improving shares our values and our commitment to our clients and consultants. We are looking forward to collaborating with all of the Improving enterprises to offer services that fully support end-to-end project delivery from both a business and technology perspective.”

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