TailWinds is the best IT partner you’ll find. Our team outpaces the changes in technology, helping your bottom line up front, and productivity over time. Our deep experience and knowledge translate to the right solutions for your business, every time. And we back it up with availability and proactivity – if you need us, we’re there. If we find something that may benefit you, we’ll alert you.
When we say partner, we’re very serious. Every business is unique, and we’ll do whatever it takes to understand yours. That means time if you have it, or intensity if your needs are immediate.
Charles Welden and Daniel Herrera founded TailWinds after a decade or three of coding software for businesses across the U.S. (and occasional farther flung locales). They created these systems to process, analyze and present mountains of research data in real time. It left them with a unique understanding of business IT systems, and what is needed to keep them online, up to speed, and increasing the productivity of users.
During the later part of this previous era, it was clear that the IT challenges they’d faced had become universal.
Every business, if it was to become or remain successful, would need an IT partner. It is simply not cost effective, even for enterprise level concerns, to handle all IT needs in-house. It is also very difficult to find staff who can actually command the complexity and speed of change in business technology.
At the same time, our “tech commanders” began to feel the need to go local, to serve their many friends (who either could not find the help they needed for their businesses and practices, or were paying far too much for too little), and to serve their local business community.
In aeronautics, a tailwind is a wind that blows in the direction of travel of an object such as an aircraft. A tailwind increases the object’s speed and reduces the time and energy required to reach its destination. In business, the term tailwinds refers to or describes a situation or condition that will move growth, revenues, and profits higher.
TailWinds is a bit of a homecoming for Charles, because when he was very young and a recent Vanderbilt graduate, he sold and installed computers, fixed them and trained folks to use them. He also did some custom software development, and that talent led him to a long career. He designed and coded systems that analyzed media ratings to help TV stations sell air time. He was CEO of a company that did just that for the lion’s share of TV stations in the U.S., until he sold to a much larger company.
He was far from finished with the technology industry. Assisting clients – TV stations and large networks – he saw that they were in an increasing struggle with IT issues. Many of these organizations had large IT staffs, yet they were quite stretched, trying to cover the many technology needs of their companies and not always succeeding. He knew that his local business community was facing the same challenge, so TailWinds was born.
Daniel really is a modern miracle. He has always been able to see far – tech on the horizon, a less expensive way to increase productivity for a thousand employees, or cross two disparate innovations to create a better solution. Then, he finds a way to bring it home and explain it so that all can understand. That makes him a great leader, and a great guy to work with.
He has designed the technology infrastructure and managed IT teams and operations for a large law firm, a large media firm, a small media firm, and more. None of these were short term, because no one wants Daniel to leave.
And what a happy guy he is. Daniel and his wife, Mary, have a teenage son and two young girls, and very often, the rest of the neighborhood, too – because they’re just that much fun. He’s just learning to fly, but Charles will have him up to speed soon.
For someone with a business degree (loaded with bells and whistles), Stephen knows a tremendous amount of business tech. Of course, our company benefits from Stephen’s good business sense, and so will you. He understands the business point of view and speaks your language, so you’ll always have an ally. He’s worked hard to build a model that allows TailWinds to provide top tier solutions and maximum value for your business at an efficient cost for you.
He’s in a little bit of a hurry, and wise for such a young guy. When he was only 18 and in Alaska for a summer job, Stephen learned to fly seaplanes, and never misses a chance to pilot now. If he pries himself away from TailWinds, flying is second only to Katie, his beautiful and brilliant wife.