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Press Release 10-13-15


Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates' Veterans Officially Take Ownership of Company

Respecting the past while ushering in the future, WZ changes ownership officially

CHICAGO, October 12, 2015 -
Two WZ senior partners and interviewing veterans, Shane Sturman, CFI, CPP and Wayne Hoover, CFI, purchased the remaining shares of the industry-leading 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. Dave Zulawski said, "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."

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 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 Dave Zulawski one of the founding partners.

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."

"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."

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

WZ's recently rolled out its own "6 Milestones to Elite" curriculum guide in response to an overwhelming number of requests for an organized way to approach professional development specifically for interviewing. No matter what career level, whether just starting out in the interviewing field or if you need a refresher of key concepts, professionals will find educational value throughout the 6 Milestones to Elite guide. For more information, visit

About Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates
Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ) continues to be recognized as the premier consulting and training company on interview and interrogation techniques. We are dedicated to assisting public and private sector professionals to improve their ability to obtain the truth through legally acceptable techniques. To this end, WZ continues research to provide the highest quality training, products and professional services to an ever-increasing number of organizations throughout the world.




Press Release 10-13-15
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