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CM&A supports environmental technology company Sitka in their merger with ESA

12 January 2022

Consulting M&A are delighted to announce that they have closed 2021 with their 7th transaction of the year supporting the shareholders of environmental technology company Sitka Technology Group on their merger with employee-owned environmental consulting business Environmental Sciences Association (ESA).

Headquartered in Portland, USA, the 36-person firm will join ESA’s new Technology Services practice that will serve clients the throughout the United States and beyond.

Founded in California in 1969, ESA has steadily grown into a team of more than 550 employee-owners who provide planning, design, permitting, mitigation, and habitat restoration services for projects serving communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.

Sitka, founded in 2008, develops and manages knowledge infrastructures for conservation, restoration, and sustainable development. The merger is a natural extension of ESA’s data management capabilities, providing accelerated strategic growth in a priority service area for our clients.

Sitka cofounders Matt Deniston, Brian Knowles, and Keith Steele will assume leadership positions as Vice Presidents within ESA’s Technology Services practice, with Deniston serving as Practice Leader. Over the last three years, ESA and Sitka have partnered on projects for several key clients, including the California Department of Water Resources and Los Angeles World Airports. Services have included data management, visualisation systems, and mitigation monitoring and reporting programmes for these complex projects.

“Joining forces with ESA is a natural fit for the Sitka team, building on our shared values that include commitment to innovation, client service, taking care of our people, and making a positive difference in the world,” said Matt Deniston, ESA Sitka Vice President and Technology Services Practice Leader. “I want to thank and acknowledge my cofounders, colleagues, and clients who have supported our mission and vision from the beginning. We are thrilled to be able to continue to serve you in an enhanced capacity.”

“The ability to effectively use technology to capture and analyse large and complex sets of data is critical in helping our clients make decisions and communicate clearly with stakeholders,” said Mike Leech, ESA Vice President and Technology Services Director. “We have made significant strides in these areas, and the integration of Sitka greatly accelerates our goal of being a leader in this space. I know many of us at ESA have already had the pleasure of working with our new colleagues and share sentiments of enthusiasm and deep respect for their work.”

To read the full ESA press release click here.