July 18, 2022

Talent War Group Expands Leadership Capabilities and Acquires Veteran-Owned Leadership Development Firm, Impact USA

Written by Mike Sarraille, Karli Waldon and Joe McNamara

Austin, TX, [JULY 18, 2022] – Talent War Group (TWG), a management consulting and executive search firm, is acquiring Impact USA, a veteran-owned leadership development firm, to increase its leadership development service line which will strengthen services in leadership development, performance coaching, and keynote speakers amid the ‘Great Resignation’ and rise in layoffs.

Established in 2017, by Mike Sarraille, Founder and CEO, and Karli Waldon, President, Talent War Group’s growth and expansion in executive search, management consulting, and leadership development are built on the highest standards mastered as high-performance military leaders.

Organizations facing economic and employee challenges seek unique ways to increase corporate accountability and empower and grow talent to drive performance and results in a tumultuous market. This acquisition is an investment in the talent within Impact USA that will help us drive organizational outcomes for our clients for decades to come.

A believer that the lessons in the military can influence and transform leaders and teams in the corporate world, Mike Sarraille is excited to see the value Joe and Impact USA will bring to Talent War Group’s clients, “Joe McNamara is a leader that practices what he preaches daily and continues to build winning teams outside of the military.”

Joe McNamara joins Talent War Group as Partner and Chief Revenue Officer. His expertise will focus on elevating the client experience with a mission to develop the competitive advantage global teams seek – top-level talent. “There is no other organization I would rather partner with to take the reign on the programs my teams developed with Impact USA. Mike and his team have done an impressive job at building world-class teams through their delivery of military leadership to the civilian world, and I know they will deliver the Impact USA message and mission seamlessly to top organizations around America.”

“We are excited to welcome Impact USA’s employees and partners to Talent War Group,” commented Karli Waldon.  “Joe McNamara & his team have an impressive track record of methodically growing the business and helping their client organizations achieve their talent & retention goals, especially through their online offerings- an area of strategic growth & continued investment for us”.


About Talent War Group

Talent War Group’s depth of industry experience in leadership development, Human Resources, and business operations help deliver sustainable and unmatched talent solutions for their clients. With the ‘train-the-trainer’ model, Talent War Group ensures every organization has the tools to continue attracting, hiring, developing, and retaining top talent long after their engagement. For more information on their leadership development programs, visit talentwargroup.com.


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Leadership Training Inquiries: Michelle Ballesteros, Talent War Group, t: 512.781.0137, e: info@talentwargroup.com,

Founder, Managing Partner & CEO | Website | + posts

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 | + posts

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 | + posts

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.

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