COLUMBIA, MD and VAN NUYS, CA- January 3, 2018 Advantage Engineers, LLC, a professional services company providing comprehensive consulting solutions in the highly specialized fields of
telecommunications, geotechnical and environmental engineering and California-based Synergy Development Services and Synergy Engineering Services (Synergy), an all-inclusive telecommunications
engineering and consulting firm servicing the country’s leading wireless carriers announced today a merger agreement. The combined entities will now have over 300 employees across the country, enabling the companies to better serve their national and regional customers. Synergy will operate as a division of Advantage Engineers.

Advantage Engineers also announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed John McGrath as Chief Executive Officer. McGrath has over 25 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry and has served as Advantage Engineers' Chief Operating Officer since 2012. He will succeed Advantage Engineers founder Ed Balsavage, who will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

“For the past 16 years, Advantage Engineers has delivered industry-leading technical transformation on thousands of projects across the telecommunications, energy, industrial, transportation and utility sectors,” said John McGrath. “Synergy has a strong track record of delivering innovative engineering solutions to a complementary customer base; our combined engineering and consulting capabilities will enable us to better serve the country’s leading wireless carriers nationwide.”

Since founding Synergy in 2004, Ryan Shields, founder and President, and his leadership team have been trusted leaders in wireless development and are experts in outside plant audits and small cell advancement. Based in the Los Angeles, California area, Synergy is headquartered in Van Nuys, CA and has five other offices including Santa Rosa, CA; Irvine, CA; Ventura, CA; Las Vegas, NV; and Bozeman,

“Synergy is a trusted engineering leader in the wireless industry due to our employees’ expertise and their dedication to customer success,” said Ryan Shields. “Advantage Engineers has great telecommunications engineering expertise and a complementary customer base; by joining forces we can provide an even better experience for our customers across the country.

Ryan Shields will join the Advantage Engineers’ leadership team as Vice President of the Synergy Division; and in this role, he will continue to oversee daily operations of the Synergy Division.

He will also join Ed Balsavage, John McGrath, Young Park, Steve Heinen, Charles McCusker, and Mark McDowell on the Advantage Engineers’ Board of Directors.

Founded in 2001, Advantage Engineers provides comprehensive engineering solutions including site acquisition, engineering consulting, and construction management in the highly specialized fields of telecommunications, geotechnical and environmental. Advantage Engineers is headquartered in Mechanicsburg, PA and has eight other offices including Pittsburgh, PA; Fairfield, NJ; Mt. Laurel, NJ; West Chester, PA; Allentown, PA; Columbia, MD; Denver, CO; and Raleigh, NC.

In 2016, Advantage Engineers partnered with First Capital Partners, LLC and Patriot Capital Group to launch the next phase of its strategic growth. Both firms possess in-depth industry and operational expertise that have enabled Advantage Engineers to accelerate growth and deliver the highest quality of work to its clients.

About Advantage Engineers
Advantage Engineers provides comprehensive services in specialized fields of engineering and consulting. The company has more than 200 engineerings, project and program management, real estate, geological, scientific, environmental and technical professionals. From their nine offices, Advantage Engineers provides services throughout the U.S. The firm is highly sought after by clients in a variety of industry sectors including geotechnical, environmental, and telecommunications engineering. Visit for more information.

About Synergy Development Services
Founded in 2004, Synergy Development Services provides all-inclusive telecommunications engineering and consulting services to the country’s leading wireless carriers. Based in the Los Angeles, California area, Synergy is headquartered in Van Nuys, CA and has five other offices including Santa Rosa, CA; Irvine, CA; Ventura, CA; Las Vegas, NV; and Bozeman, MT. Visit for more information.