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Founded in 2011, ZYGOS Consulting is a management and technology consultancy serving the DoD and Federal Civilian Marketplaces.

We focus on providing superior services and helping our clients succeed. We believe the rest will take care of itself.

Our business model is incredibly simple. We are a small business that offers high-end services from seasoned consultants at competitive rates. We are keenly aware that in this business our people are everything, so we treat them accordingly. Our employee compensation and benefits packages are superior to those of most large businesses. By treating our employees better we are able to recruit and retain the best of the best, which translates to higher quality service delivery to our clients.


Being a small business with low overhead and no bureaucracy allows us to focus on clients’ needs instead of internal politics and sales goals.





Nick Tsiopanas is the Founder and President of ZYGOS Consulting. Mr. Tsiopanas started his career in 1996 with Ernst & Young’s management consulting practice, where he served commercial clients for seven years before moving to the Government sector. Prior to founding ZYGOS, Mr. Tsiopanas was a Director in the federal consulting practice of Gartner, the world’s largest IT research and advisory firm. Mr. Tsiopanas enjoys working as a trusted advisor with his clients to help them make critical decisions based on rigorous analysis and direct experience. He works closely with clients every day to lead them through complex decisions and development of sophisticated acquisition strategies. Mr. Tsiopanas is a thought leader in Government acquisition who shares his knowledge through speaking engagements, and whose  advice is sought out by colleagues and clients alike.




Josh Hackett is a Partner at ZYGOS Consulting. Mr. Hackett began his consulting career in 2003 with Booz Allen Hamilton where he built an expertise within the Army and DoD domains while advising clients on IT strategies. Prior to joining ZYGOS, Mr. Hackett served as an Associate Director in the federal consulting practice of Gartner, the world’s largest IT research and advisory firm, where he assisted numerous Defense and Civilian agency clients with complex IT acquisitions and strategy decisions. Mr. Hackett serves clients' needs on a daily basis, aiding in their acquisition planning, program analysis, and resolution of other intricate IT decisions and issues. He is a trusted advisor to his clients, earning their trust and respect through dedication and innovative thinking.

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Zygos (Ζυγός) is a village on the Greek mainland named after the Greek word for balancing scales. The selection of the word Zygos was based on founder Nick Tsiopanas’ Greek heritage and intended to be a reflection of the work that ZYGOS Consulting performs. The choice to display ZYGOS in all capital letters was a branding decision to help the name stand out, much like the prominent role each of ZYGOS’ consultants play advising their clients.


Balancing scales is a phrase that describes the work ZYGOS Consulting does for its clients. We are trusted advisors who help clients make critical decisions, and to be effective those decisions must be based on deliberate criteria. Not all decision criteria are created equal – some have a higher priority based on the organization’s goals and objectives – while others may be included to ensure compliance with policies and regulations. ZYGOS Consulting leads clients through a mature methodology that puts all of these criteria into a coherent model to facilitate an effective decision. Using this process, we help our clients balance the scales.

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