Combined Company to Offer White Glove Advisory and Lifecycle Management Solutions with Founding Members of Helm Partners Joining Bluewave as Equity Partners and in Key Management Roles

Parsippany, N.J., December 14, 2022 – Bluewave Technology Group (“Bluewave”), a strategic, high-growth technology advisory and lifecycle management company, today announced that it has merged with Helm Partners (“Helm”), a large technology advisory and IT transformation agency.

The combination of Helm and Bluewave will create one of the largest national technology agencies that offers white glove lifecycle management solutions with deep expertise and critical capabilities such as security and customer experience. Richard Wilson, Helm’s CEO, joins as an equity partner and assumes the role of Chief Strategy Officer for Bluewave. Managing Partners David Grau and Paul Weiss will join as equity partners and Bill Quinlan in a senior management role. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Helm was established to guide companies through the complex and rapidly changing IT and telecommunications landscape by identifying and implementing solutions that deliver impactful business outcomes. The company serves a portfolio of over 2000 clients from midmarket to enterprise with its advanced and highly specialized technical go-to-market approach in the areas of contact center, unified communications, cybersecurity, and next generation network services. Its team of experts led the company to become a recognized channel industry leader, most recently winning top-producer awards from Avant and Intelisys, and top technology advisor award from RingCentral for the past five consecutive years.

With roots back to 2001, Helm is a product of several successful organizations coming together in 2017 when The Apella Group, a strategy consulting firm, purchased Expert Technology Associates, a leader in the trusted advisor space. Most recently, Helm acquired Cory Communications and Convergent Technologies Inc. in November 2021, to further propel its growth initiatives.

“The combination of Helm and Bluewave aligns with the strategic objectives of both companies to help clients navigate the complex technology shifts with the best-in-class resources,” said Richard Wilson, CEO and Managing Partner of Helm. “We are able to expand our offerings and create further value for our clients in areas that require more assets and investments, and our employees will benefit with new opportunities for career advancement and professional growth.”

“We are at an inflection point in the transformation to digital where the technology ecosystem is changing rapidly and becoming increasingly complex. Helping our clients embrace these changes requires our combined capabilities with Helm,” said Seth Penland, Founder and CEO of Bluewave. “Helm’s deep technical acumen, diligence, and consideration of client requirements, together with their substantial relationships with vendors, provide our clients with the advantage they need to stay ahead of the competition.”

Bluewave is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, and Helm is headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Both locations will be maintained, and the combined entity will operate under the Bluewave Technology Group brand.

This transaction is the latest move in an aggressive growth plan for Bluewave, in partnership with Columbia Capital, a sector-focused investment firm with investments in enterprise IT, digital infrastructure, and mobility, to build a national technology advisory services provider.

About Bluewave Technology Group

Bluewave is a premier technology advisory and lifecycle management company with a comprehensive approach to optimizing clients’ ability to grow revenue, reduce costs, and improve efficiency. Bluewave streamlines the technology buying and management process for businesses of all sizes across the United States with four key services: Technology Evaluation, Strategic Sourcing, Expense Management, and Operations Support. Specializing in modernizing the IT and telecom infrastructure, Bluewave partners with proven cloud, network, security, and collaboration service providers to develop the best solution while maximizing the clients’ technology investment.

About Helm Partners

Helm Partners is a technology advisory service firm helping reshape businesses for growth and achieve better outcomes throughout their digital transformation journey. We are your roadmap for purposeful change. Located in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Helm has been a trusted advocate for their global client base since 2001. Helm’s core practice focuses on cloud communications, contact center solutions, next generation network strategies, cybersecurity, cloud and managed services, and expense management, supporting clients from assessment through implementation and the ongoing lifecycle.

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