We’ve been providing people solutions to organizations for more than 25 years.


W. Rusty Faulks,
Founding Principal

W. Rusty Faulks started Windwood Partners in 2018. He knows that people management is a balancing act between the interests of the organization and the interests of the employees. He has been instrumental in helping businesses and nonprofits alike find that balance for more than 25 years.

He has led HR strategy and execution as an HR director in the publishing, manufacturing, and retail industries as well as an international relief organization. He has specific know-how and experience in operational excellence, total rewards and benefit initiatives, reductions in force and plant closures, mergers and acquisitions, and talent recruitment. He’s also designed performance management systems, effectively handled employee relations issues, and created and implemented manager training. Rusty is knowledgeable about defined benefit pension plans, defined contribution plans, and non-qualified retirement plans

Flexible and adaptable, Rusty walks alongside leaders to help them solve their HR problems and continuously improve their processes. He’s open and honest and places a premium on integrity.

Rusty believes that, at its core, HR is all about people, and that core belief provides the foundation for the ideas and solutions Windwood Partners presents to you as well as the way he approaches his relationship with you.


We provide workforce solutions that make business sense.


  • Live by Faith

  • Serve With Integrity

  • Treat People with Dignity
    & Respect

  • Give Generously

  • Leave Things Better Than We
    Find Them

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Whats with the name?

People often want to know where the name “Windwood” came from. It’s the name of the lane Rusty’s family lived on near Boone, N.C., along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It reminds him of home, and that's something that has everything to do with what people solutions should be: safe and trusted, growth-centric, supportive, and nurturing. Those are exactly the things Windwood Partners offers and will help you create in your business or organization.