We are pleased to announce that Helix Ltd., the developer of Andar/360, has been acquired by Volaris Group, a subsidiary of Constellation Software, Inc., headquartered near Toronto, Ontario. Volaris is committed to strengthening and growing vertical market technology companies.
“As part of the Volaris family of companies, we can further invest in, and grow, our business,” said Réal Bédard, President of Helix Ltd. “We are now part of a larger network of like-minded organizations dedicated to delivering world-class solutions in very specific and focused industries. We can leverage this knowledge and expertise to further innovate and provide mission-critical solutions to meet the unique needs of our customers.”
UWITC is very excited about the opportunities that the sale of Helix to Constellation Software offers United Ways. Not only will the sale ensure that the Andar/360 product has the resources that are required for it to continue to thrive for years to come but it frees the employees at Helix from worrying about back office activities like HR, legal, and finance and allows them to focus on the development of the software that has become so critical to United Ways. Not only will we have the same team at Helix working on our behalf but we will have a huge multinational parent company backstopping them. Congratulations to the owners and employees at Helix!
Jay Hoffman, CEO of Gallery Systems, a company acquired by Volaris in 2012, explains, “Volaris does not sell companies. They buy successful companies and help them grow and be more successful by providing resources such as shared back office and best practices. Being part of the Volaris Group of companies has been a great experience for Gallery Systems and its clients.”
When asked what this means for Andar customers, Bédard stated, "In speaking with other companies acquired by Volaris, we heard that customers experienced only positive change. Furthermore, this acquisition will provide solid long-term succession planning to protect our customers’ investment with Andar."
As a result of this acquisition, we are also announcing the retirement of André Marcil, our CEO and co-founder. Réal Bédard will continue as President.
In addition to the Helix acquisition, Volaris acquired Access International, Inc., developer of Enterprise/CRM. Jim Shea, President of Access, said, “We are excited to be part of Volaris Group and look forward to collaborating with our new colleagues at Helix to build the next generation of solutions for the nonprofit community.”
About Constellation Software, Inc.
Constellation Software is an international provider of market leading software and services to a select number of industries, both in the public and private sectors. Our mission is to acquire, manage and build market-leading software businesses that develop specialized, mission-critical software solutions to address the specific needs of our particular industries.
Our company was founded in 1995 to assemble a portfolio of vertical market software companies that have the potential to be leaders in their particular market. Since then, we have grown rapidly through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth, and established a strong constellation of companies with a large, diverse customer base comprised of over 125,000 customers operating in over 100 countries around the world.
We have six operating groups which currently service customers in over 100 different markets worldwide. We aggregate our business into two distinct segments for financial reporting purposes: (i) the public sector segment, which includes businesses focusing upon government and government-related customers, and (ii) the private sector segment, which includes businesses focusing upon commercial customers.
With our headquarters in Toronto, Canada, and offices in North America, Europe, Australia, South America and Africa, we have over 10,000 employees generating consolidated revenues exceeding US$1.8 billion.
About Volaris Group
Volaris acquires, strengthens and grows vertical market technology companies. As an operating group of Constellation Software, Inc., Volaris is all about strengthening businesses within the markets in which they compete and enabling them to grow – whether that growth comes through organic measures such as new initiatives and product development, day-to-day business, or complementary acquisitions.
About Access International, Inc.
Access is the trusted provider of fundraising, relationship management and membership software to many of North America's most respected nonprofits. Enterprise, Access' heralded software, supports a CRM approach to cultivation and stewardship. Its customer-centric, organization-wide design enables organizations to manage all customer activities and information.