Access Announces Acquisition of Montaña & Associates – a Leading Information Governance Consulting Firm

WOBURN, Mass., April 2, 2019 – Access, the largest privately-held records and information management (RIM) services provider in the world, today announced the acquisition of Montaña & Associates, a leader in information governance (IG) consulting that specializes in retention policy and schedule creation, and holistic IG support including compliance and data privacy. Montaña & Associates delivers advice, services and software for information governance, enabling many Fortune 1000 companies to improve their global compliance thereby reducing their risk.

Specifically, Montaña & Associates provides services including audit, assessment and benchmarks for IG  programs and build off those diagnostics to create and optimize programs for better risk management. Based on the IG roadmaps they create with their clients, Montaña & Associates help implement and rollout programs across the globe to ensure efficacy and adoption.

In addition, Montaña and Associates offers LexiTrac, a cloud-based software application that enables quick and accurate creation of global retention policies and schedules to help ensure clients are keeping their documents for the period of time prescribed by the regulations and laws in the countries in which they operate.  LexiTrac is powered by a comprehensive global regulatory knowledgebase compiled by Montaña & Associates legal and compliance experts.

“With the Montaña & Associates acquisition, we are bringing world class information governance and compliance consulting servicesto our clients, expanding our offerings to create a full service approach to the entire information lifecycle,” said Rob Alston, Chief Executive Officer of Access. “Current Montaña & Associates clients can benefit from our comprehensive records management services, and high-quality, secure information management solutions.”

“This acquisition is a significant step forward for Access and our clients and is central to helping us fulfill our purpose of protecting and managing information for millions of people,” said John Chendo,  President and Co-founder of Access. “The Montaña & Associates team will help our clients manage their risk in today’s increasingly complex regulatory environment, including the burgeoning data privacy regulations such as GDPR and the CCPA law now in effect in California.”

Access has a network of more than 130 locations across the U.S., Canada, and Central and South America, serving the information management needs of businesses of all sizes. The company offers offsite storage and information management services, scanning and digital transformation solutions, document management software, including CartaHR, and secure destruction services.

“We are a natural complement to Access’ business as we advise organizations on how to best manage and comply with their records program on a global scale,” said John Montaña, founder and CEO of Montaña & Associates. “Every Access client is dealing with some sort of information governance or compliance issue, and we can help organizations from small businesses to huge multi-national companies improve their approach, become more efficient, and avoid legal risk and regulatory fines.”

Montaña added that a strong information governance program mitigates an information management crisis by assessing risks and understanding gaps.  By doing advanced planning and putting the right policies, procedures, and tools in place, it enables organizations to proactively and compliantly manage their data and information.  Their clients include leading companies such as United Airlines, Procter & Gamble and Cisco Systems.

About Access

Access is the largest privately-held records and information management (RIM) services provider worldwide, with operations across the United States, Canada, Central and South America. Access provides transformative services, expertise, and technologies to make organizations more efficient and more compliant. Access helps companies manage and activate their critical business information through offsite storage and information governance services, scanning and digital transformation solutions, document management software including CartaHR, and secure destruction services. For 10 consecutive years, Access has been named to the Inc. 5000, the ranking of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. For more information on Access, please visit

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