Cornerstone Government Affairs opens Richmond office

10 October 2014

US-based public affairs and consulting firm Cornerstone Government Affairs has opened its seventh office. The office located in Richmond will boost its presence in the State of Virginia and services for its clients. To lead the office and the efforts on country and state levels, Cornerstone Government Affairs has hired Eric Finkbeiner and Jennifer Walle.

Cornerstone Government Affairs is an, in 2002 established, public affairs and consulting firm based in Washington, specialised in government relations and lobbying. In 2008, the firm decided to increase its footprint and capabilities with a new office in Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, followed by offices in Des Moines, Houston, Jackson, Austin, and Chicago.

In line with the ambition to expand its presence, Cornerstone Government Affairs has now opened an office in Richmond, the firm’s seventh office in the US. The new office will not only strengthen the firm’s presence in the State of Virginia, but will also its scope of service for existing and future clients. To lead the firm’s effort at the city, country and state levels, Eric Finkbeiner and Jennifer Walle joined Cornerstone Government Affairs earlier this month.

Cornerstone Government Affairs opens office in Richmond

Finkbeiner is appointed as Cornerstone Government Affairs’ Vice President, and has over 20 years of government relations, campaign and public affairs experience. He joins the firm from Right Policy & Media, a company he founded and where he acted as Chairman. Walle also joins from Right Policy & Media, where she had been the Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Campaign Development for almost two years.

“We’re excited to have Eric and Jennifer join our team, helping us to continue providing first-class client service to our clients,” comments Campbell Kaufman, State Government Affairs Managing Partner, on the appointments. “Their knowledge of the political landscape as well as their existing work in Richmond is a perfect fit for Cornerstone’s team structure.”

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US change management consultancy opens office in London

23 April 2019

One year after UK consultancy Thought Provoking Consulting invested in American change management firm Change 4 Growth, it has opened its first international office in the UK. Change 4 Growth’s new London locale will see the company look to supply organisational transformation solutions crafted over the last several years in the US to British clients.

Specialising in transformational change, American retail boutique consultancy Change 4 Growth (C4G) offers an expansive range of services. This includes organisational change management, culture alignment and engagement, leadership development, training and e-learning and recruitment of staff support. Well-known retail brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Chico’s, Eddie Bauer and Ann Taylor are already among C4G’s clients, but since receiving investment from Thought Provoking Consulting in early 2018, the company has been keen to pursue expansion of its own.

Speaking at the time of the deal, Beth Thomas, CEO of C4G, commented, "I’m so excited to be working with Thought Provoking Consulting... The move will allow us to tap into a breadth of retail expertise and help our clients find solutions that are critical in this age in areas such as pricing, promotions, planning, product development and supply chain."

US change management consultancy opens office in London

In 2019, this has seen the Ohio-headquartered consultancy announce the opening of its first international office in London. Led by UK native and Managing Director, David Lucas, the base in Britain’s capital will bring the firm’s holistic service to clients in Europe looking deal with change at every level within their organisations.

Commenting via his LinkedIn profile, Lucas said, “At a time of huge technological upheaval, the importance of organisational and cultural change, married with operational speed and agility, has never been greater. Achieving that balance between people, process and technology for the digital era is the burning platform for most organisations…The C4G team… offers a spectrum of change and re-alignment capabilities and can bring proven approaches, methodologies and solutions to support the UK market.”

In the US, C4G has been able to tap into the fact that disengagement and unhappiness at work have become an epidemic across multiple sectors, resulting in poor business performance and bottom line results. With the UK’s high streets currently faltering due to an influx of e-commerce competition, Brexit pressures, and stagnating real wages, C4G will likely also find fertile ground for its retail-focused transformation services on both sides of the Atlantic.

Remarking on the firm’s arrival ‘across the pond’, Thomas concluded, “Many of our clients are global organisations who have facilities and employees around the world, and as an avid admirer of Britain’s innovative retail community, it has long been my intention to open a C4G office in the UK… With David Lucas, who brings a proven track record of transformational change at the helm and our sister company, Thought Provoking Consulting… we’re more excited than ever to explore the synergies to be discovered in having a UK powerhouse to support not only the retail sector but all industries.”