Two WZ senior partners and interviewing veterans, Shane Sturman, CFI, CPP and Wayne Hoover, CFI, have purchased the remaining shares of the industry-leading interview training and consulting company Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ). Shane Sturman will continue in his role as WZ President and CEO, which he has held the last 7 years and Wayne Hoover will remain Vice President ensuring the organization’s leadership will remain intact.
David Zulawski will retain his position with WZ as a member of the Board of Directors and as an officer of the company. He will be involved in the daily business of WZ focusing on research and development as well as special assignments. “This is a seamless transition for WZ. Shane and Wayne will maintain their leadership positions while we continue to look for future innovations as we have always done,” says Zulawski.
Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates is a consulting and training organization dedicated to assisting professionals who are responsible for obtaining the truth. WZ supports law enforcement agencies, private sector investigators, human resource professionals, federal agencies and military units across the globe. To this end WZ instructs in legally acceptable interview and interrogation techniques that are consistently updated in response to changing moral, legal and ethical standards.
Doug Wicklander and Dave Zulawski started Wicklander-Zulawski in 1982 with a vision of becoming the unquestioned leader in interview and interrogation training and consulting. The organization has grown to provide over 400 seminars a year around the globe to interviewing professionals in the public and private sectors. “Our success at WZ has relied on our succession planning to assure the integrity and quality of our programs will be maintained into the future. We are leveraging the skills and drive of Wayne and Shane to continue Doug’s and my focus for the company in the years to come.” said Zulawski.
The team at Wicklander-Zulawski have been strong supporters of LP Magazine since the inception of the magazine, providing content for the “Interviewing” column in the print publication as well as LP Magazine EU; and contributing International Association of Interviewers (IAI) video tips through the LP Magazine digital offerings. The company is widely recognized as the premier consulting and training company on interview and interrogation techniques. Dedicated to assisting professionals to improve their interviewing techniques, WZ provides training and professional services to retail organizations throughout the world.
For the past seven years Senior Partners Shane Sturman and Wayne Hoover have been instrumental in crafting the organization’s direction by educating professionals, building relationships, and growing a solid organization built on delivering value.
“Both Wayne and I have grown up in the WZ business,” said Shane Sturman, CFI, President and Chief Executive Officer of WZ. “We will continue to realize Doug and Dave’s dream of a successful company, but even more important is to carry on their enthusiasm for the interviewing craft and continue to embody and teach the relentless pursuit of truth.” Shane has been with the company since 1994.
“It’s both a duty and an honor to continue the important work that Doug and Dave created and fostered,” said L. Wayne Hoover, CFI, Senior Partner and Vice President of Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) programming for WZ. “Our goal is to continue their industry-changing initiatives and keep our clients abreast of the newest thinking in interviewing.” Wayne has been with WZ since 1991.
WZ’s newest offerings have been gaining industry share including:
• Multiple new Distance Learning Webinar modules
• An Executive Education division
• An expanded Investigations and Consulting division
• A new Distance Learning platform for online training called “WZ Academy” launching later this year