Guidepost Solutions Expands in Washington, D.C.; Former Homeland Security ICE Leader Julie Myers Wood Appointed President
NEW YORK, NY – September 11, 2012 – Guidepost Solutions LLC, www.guidepostsolutions.com, announced today that it has acquired ICS Consulting, LLC. ICS’s unique expertise across the federal trade, commerce, regulatory and law enforcement landscape and its deep experience in Washington, D.C. significantly extends Guidepost Solutions’ offering for client organizations facing a broad range of compliance, investigations and security challenges.
Effective immediately, ICS founder Julie Myers Wood will serve as Guidepost Solutions’ President of Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions. Ms. Myers Wood will also lead the company’s growing Washington, D.C. operations.
“With this strategic acquisition we’ve raised the bar in our industry for meeting our clients’ growing compliance, investigations and security needs,” said Andrew O’Connell, CEO of Guidepost Solutions. “Julie Myers Wood and her team have an outstanding reputation for their unique experience, depth of knowledge and record of achieving results.”
Ms. Myers Wood started ICS Consulting (www.iandcsolutions.com) nearly four years ago after serving at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Prior to that, Ms. Myers Wood was Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce. Her experience also includes serving as Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Treasury Department (Money Laundering and Financial Crimes) and Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY).
“This is an exciting opportunity to join an industry leader at a time when organizations are looking for precisely the expertise set and the value-add we can deliver,” said Ms. Myers Wood.
Adding to her extensive experience, Ms. Myers Wood brings into Guidepost Solutions a distinguished management team of former federal investigators and government leaders. These include Emilio Gonzalez, the former Director for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Nick Smith, former Chief of Staff at ICE and Press Secretary for former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.
With this acquisition, Guidepost Solutions will add to its offerings for clients. It will expand its expertise in import/export compliance, immigration/visa compliance and assistance, intellectual property rights investigations, anti-money laundering compliance and federal contractor business development.
Additionally, in the transaction Guidepost Solutions is acquiring a number of industry-leading software solutions. These include ICS Eval, an internal auditing software tool for law firms and private companies; a Certificate of Origin processing software solution, EZCertOrigin (www.ezcertorigin.com), used primarily by Chambers of Commerce to certify the origin of exported goods; and SecureID (www.icssecureid.com), which enables employers to confirm the identity of their new hires while taking advantage of its smart I-9 features and the integrated E-Verify portal.
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