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We have spent five decades committed to fulfilling our Core Values of quality, service, passion, accountability, opportunity, safety, community, and fun.

Wantman & Associates

1967

David Wantman is born as the first son of Joel Wantman

Wantman & Associates

1968

Joel Wantman matriculates from the not-yet hipster haven of Brooklyn to West Palm Beach, Florida in search of sunshine

Wantman & Associates

1972

Wantman & Associates, Inc. is formed in West Palm Beach, providing Joel with a growth vehicle for the firm

Wantman & Associates

1978

Meridian Surveying and Mapping joins Wantman & Associates; early employees of Merdian included David Wantman and Robin Petzold

Wantman & Associates

1982

Wantman & Associates counts over 150 team members on their roster, one of which is the young David Wantman

1983

H. Carl Walker forms Carl Walker, Inc. from the partnership of Walker and Cagley

Carl Walker, inc.

1984

Gary Cudney joins Carl Walker, Inc.

1984

Land Design South is born in Palm Beach County, Florida

Wantman & Associates

1986

Wantman & Associates is sold to Stanley Consultants

Bridge Design Associates

1986

Brian Rheault incorporates Bridge Design Associates

Wantman & Associates

1989

Joel Wantman retires from Wantman & Associates, a division of Stanley Consultants

Wantman & Associates

1991

Joel Wantman flunks retirement

1991

Wantman Group, Inc. is born in West Palm Beach, Florida

Carl Walker, inc

1996

Carl Walker, Inc. names Gary Cudney President of the firm

Wantman group, inc

1999

David Wantman joins Wantman Group, Inc., starting at the bottom of the organization chart

Petzold and Associates

1999

Petzold and Associates is formed as a land surveying firm led by Robin Petzold

Wantman group, inc

2000

Petzold and Associates is merged into Wantman Group, Inc.

2004

Port St. Lucie office is opened

Wantman group, inc

2005

David Wantman ascends to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Wantman Group, Inc.

Wantman group, inc

2007

Tampa and Orlando offices are opened; Nancy Clements joins Wantman Group

2009

BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting was founded in Austin, Texas

Wantman group, inc

2010

Wantman Group, Inc. finds success as one of the go-to Design Build relationships for the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT)

Big Red Dog

2010

Cliff Kendall, the namesake of BIG RED DOG, assumes his place as the only ‘named’ principal of the firm

WANTMAN GROUP, INC​

2011

Walter Kloss joins Wantman Group to lead the alternative delivery (Design Build) program

Big Red Dog

2012

BIG RED DOG’s first project in San Antonio – the Halliburton Eagle Ford Shale camps – wins Real Estate Deal of the Year as named by the San Antonio Business Journal

Wantman Group, Inc

2014

Wantman Group has grown to over 200 team members and is named a Hot Firm for the first time

2014

Land Design South, based in Palm Beach County, is acquired by Wantman Group, Inc.

Wantman group, inc

2015

Wantman Group, Inc. has over 275 team members and is an INC 5000 firm

Wantman group, inc

2015

Brian Rheault merges Bridge Design Associates into Wantman Group, Inc.

2016

Wantman Group, Inc. is rebranded as WGI and the Fort Lauderdale office opens

2017

Miami office opens and WGI acquires Carl Walker and grows to over 370 team members

2018

WGI has over 420 team members and a dozen offices nationwide

2019

Joel Wantman is still flunking retirement

BIG RED DOG

2019

BIG RED DOG is acquired by WGI, merging the fastest growing firm in Texas into the fastest growing firm in Florida; WGI now has nearly 600 associates across 18 offices nationwide

Featured Project

Brightline (Virgin Trains) Fort Lauderdale And West Palm Beach Stations

WGI was selected by All Aboard Florida to provide land surveying and utility designation services for 2 major train stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida.