October 18, 2022

Ludacka Wealth Partners Announces Strategic Talent Development Partnership with Talent War Group

Written by Mike Sarraille, Karli Waldon, Joe McNamara and Joshua Johnson

AUSTIN, TX, OCT 18, 2022 – Top financial security firm Ludacka Wealth Partners has recently announced a long-term strategic partnership with Talent War Group, a leadership development and executive search firm, to create a world-class leadership development ecosystem.

Recognized as one of the nation’s premier financial security firms, Ludacka Wealth Partners made the Forbes Top 100 Financial Security Professionals in both 2021 and 2022. Although the award-winning firm has grown exponentially over the last two years, its Founder and CEO, Paul Ludacka, doesn’t plan on letting the momentum slow down anytime soon.

After reading ‘The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent’, Talent War Group was the obvious choice to help create an internal sustainable leadership development program.

“Talent War Group is the best of the best,” says Ludacka. “They strive for perfection and settle for nothing short of excellence. Leading with integrity, strength, and purpose, their core values align perfectly with Ludacka Wealth Partners. Together, we know our success is all about people, and our legacy is only as strong as the relationships we build.”

Ludacka Wealth Partners has always put precedence on leadership, innovation in a highly regulated space, and values that have set them apart from their competition and driven their customer-centric vision. Ludacka adds, “The Talent War Group team is impacting our firm and developing our next generation of leaders. TWG is whom we rely on to win the war for talent!”

Talent War Group, founded by retired Navy SEAL and best-selling author Mike Sarraille, is rooted in the belief that people are an organization’s most strategic competitive advantage. Talent War Group helps organizations optimize the people side of their business through talent acquisition and talent management practices, leadership and culture development design, and succession planning.

“We’re excited to partner with Ludacka Wealth Partners,” says Sarraille. “Paul’s leadership has fostered incredible growth, and we look forward to helping further operationalize his vision and bolster the firm’s impact within the financial securities sector. Our focus is to help Paul create a leadership development program that other firms dream of replicating,” he adds.

The creation of this leadership development program will be headed up by Josh Johnson, and Joe McNamara. The program will include a year-long series of in-house training, workshops, and experiential training. “Partnering with a visionary leader like Paul Ludacka allows us an exciting opportunity to implement innovative programs that will positively impact the firm’s leadership. This will result in a winning culture built on trust, defined by a code, and led by high performers at all levels of the team,” says Joe McNamara, Talent War Group’s Chief Revenue Officer.

Talent War Group will also work with Ludacka Wealth Partners to create an established talent acquisition and talent management system to attract, hire, and retain top talent. “As Paul evaluates the future of his organization, selecting the right individuals to join the team and build upon their success will be one of Talent War Group’s priorities throughout the partnership,” says Karli Waldon, Talent War Group’s President, and Head of Executive Search.

This long-term strategic partnership between Ludacka Wealth Partners and Talent War Group will begin this October 2022 and run into early 2023. Its outcome will be a sustainable, repeatable process that the firm can implement internally – cementing a legacy of leaders creating leaders.


About Ludacka Wealth Partners: Ludacka Wealth Partners is a financial planning and advisory firm. For 25 years, Ludacka has offered wealth management, retirement and estate planning, and comprehensive insurance coverage to clients in over 40 states.  In 2022, our 12-member team was ranked as a Top 20 Financial Security Practice in the United States by Forbes Magazine and was recognized by Northwestern Mutual as the #4 financial advisory firm in the Northwestern Mutual network nationwide.  For more information on financial planning, wealth management, or insurance coverage, visit ludackawealthpartners.com or contact Brett Jackson at (402) 891-2304 and LWP@nm.com.


About Talent War Group: Talent War Group’s depth of industry experience in leadership development, human resources, and executive search deliver sustainable and unmatched talent solutions for its clients. With its train-the-trainer model, Talent War Group ensures every organization has the tools to continue attracting, hiring, developing, and retaining top talent far into the future. For more information on their leadership development programs, visit talentwargroup.com or contact Michelle Ballesteros at (512) 781-0137, or info@talentwargroup.com.

Founder, Managing Partner & CEO | Website

Mike Sarraille is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer and a former enlisted Recon Marine and Scout-Sniper. A graduate of the University of Texas McCombs Business School, he is the founder and CEO of Talent War Group, a specialized executive search firm, and talent advisory that finds high-performing business leaders for senior, executive, or other critical leadership positions. He is co-author of ‘The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent’ and a columnist for Men’s Journal and Men’s Fitness under ‘The Everyday Warrior’ column. He founded and served as a board of directors for the VETTED Foundation, a cutting-edge executive-level transition program.

Mike enlisted in the Marine Corps and later became a Recon Marine and also served as a scout sniper. He was selected for a Marine officer program, but after finishing his bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University, he sought a commission in the Navy to try out for the SEAL Teams.  He is also a recognized keynote speaker and subject matter expert in leadership development, talent acquisition, and talent management.

Managing Partner, President & COO | Website

Karli Waldon is a former US Air Force Cryptologic Language Analyst, proficient in 6 languages and has served with distinction across multiple intelligence agencies on several classified but critical missions and in several hostile areas overseas.  Following her career in the US Air Force, Karli was the Global Sales Talent Acquisition Executive Leader at Forcepoint, a human-centric cyber security firm.

She is known in the Talent Acquisition space for designing, building, and executing complex talent strategies to help business leaders plan, attract and retain top talent- helping them achieve exceptional business results. Her experience spans across multiple industries and within corporate and agency settings.

Karli is a trained expert in human behavior analysis through complex questioning and observation as well as talent acquisition selection and assessment.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Maryland and is considered an SME in all things relating to veterans’ transition efforts.

Karli was the clear choice to take the reigns as President and COO of Talent War Group, leading and evolving the executive search function while driving best in class business processes from the start-up through maturity phases of our company’s evolution.

Partner & CRO at Talent War Group | Website

Joe is a combat-decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer and the founder of Impact, a premier leadership consulting and team building company. Joe spent eight years in the Marine Corps leading elite teams during multiple combat deployments in Afghanistan. Joe returned from combat and was selected to lead Marine Corps drill instructors at the notorious Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island. Upon his departure from active duty, Joe founded Impact, a leadership development consultancy that deploys battle-proven leadership solutions forged in combat and proven in business. Joe has partnered with athletes, coaches, and corporate teams around the nation - helping cultivate a championship culture and forge high-performing teams.

Partner & CRO at Talent War Group | Website

Joshua Johnson is a 32 year veteran of the U.S. Army, 20 of which as a Special Forces Soldier. Josh started his career as a Military Policeman and Paratrooper prior to earning his Green Beret. During his tenure in Special Forces, he served as a Medical Sergeant, Team Sergeant, Exchange Officer with the Australian Special Air Services Regiment, First Sergeant, and Sergeant Major. Josh has conducted combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines and has operational experience throughout Asia, Europe, and Central America. Capitalizing on his training experience, Josh now serves as the Director of Training and Leadership Development for West Shore Home.

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