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“Maven is effective in drowning out the noise and isolating the drivers of margin improvement and developing a focused and practical execution plan that delivers tangible results quickly.”

– Tim Meyer, Co-founder and Managing Director, Angeles Equity Partners


Highland Ventures

Located in Glenview, IL, Highland Ventures is a portfolio of retail businesses and real estate holdings throughout the upper Midwest and Texas.  The primary holdings include over 750 Family Video (home DVD rental) locations, over 135 Marco’s Pizza locations and ownership of 90% of the commercial real estate used by those businesses.

The Maven team worked with the Highland Ventures leadership to identify opportunities to improve profitability.

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Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, WorldStrides is the nation’s largest provider of supplemental educational student travel programs. WorldStrides leads group travel programs to more than 80 countries and serves approximately 200,000 students annually.  Over a three-month period Maven worked with the WorldStrides management team to identify 18 different opportunities to reduce overall company costs 3-10%.

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Located in Ontario, CA, The Safariland Group is the largest manufacturer of law enforcement equipment in the United States.  Serving the law enforcement, military, paramedic and outdoor enthusiast markets, Safariland manufactures and distributes holsters, body armor, handcuffs, batons, body cameras, forensic kits and an extensive array of other products used for security and safety.  With principal manufacturing facilities in California & Florida, Safariland operates under the brands Safariland, Bianchi, Vievu, Defense Technology and a number of other brands.

Maven was engaged to create a post-merger plan for an integrated distribution network and retail system.

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Cherokee Nation Industries

With more than 300 employees and 40 years experience, Cherokee Nation Industries has a legacy of providing quality products and services to the commercial and defense aerospace industry. Over a 6 week period Maven and the executive team from CNI identified 16 profit improvement opportunities.

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Acxiom is a $1B enterprise data, analytics and software as a service company headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Over a 6 week period Maven analyzed the efficiency of the Acxiom management structure and various overhead expenses and identified $30M-$65M in cost reduction opportunities.

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Headquartered in Hayward, California, Raybern’s frozen sandwiches are sold throughout the US by Walmart, Sam’s Club & Costco. Maven worked with the Raybern’s team to develop the business case for moving their main production facility to a new location in the Midwest. We evaluated the financial impact of the location change on raw materials, transportation, labor, utilities and economic development incentives.

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AirBoss is a large rubber mixing and compounding company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The company is one of the leading providers of rubber compounds to OEMs and produces various engineered rubber products. Over the course of eight weeks, the Maven team worked with senior management to assess its manufacturing footprint and recommended that the company maximize its potential savings by combining plant consolidation with a significant acquisition.

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Located in Mississauga, Ontario, Arterra is the largest producer and marketer of wines in Canada.  The company boasts a powerful array of brands including Jackson Triggs, Inniskillin, Robert Mondavi, Ravenswood, Meiomi,  Kim Crawford, Ruffino, and Bodacious. Arterra holds 8 of the top 20 brands in Canada.

Maven Associates supported the teams from Arterra and OTPP developing the Value Creation Plan

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Texacone’s new owner came to Maven looking for a way to not just grow the business , but to get greater transparency on the business’s everyday operations and profit opportunities. Anchor Investments (Anchor) purchased the second-generation family-run business in 2016.  It knew it had a solid business, but did not have the visibility to see a path to accelerating growth.

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At Home

Located in Dallas, TX, At Home is a $1B big box retailer focused on the home décor market.  With 123 stores in 30 states, At Home dominates category selection in home décor.  Average stores have 120,000 sq ft of retail space and carry 50,000 skus.  During a 2 month engagement, Maven worked with the At Home executive team to profile their 20 top competitors and assess where they stood in the broader competitive landscape.

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Located in Neodasha, KS, Cobalt Boats is the nations premier manufacturer of luxury recreation and pleasure cruising boats.  With boats ranging in size from 20ft to 40ft and an average selling price of $120k, Cobalt’s distinctive boats can be seen on lakes and harbors throughout the world. Over 3 months, the team from Maven worked with the Cobalt executive team to develop a strategy to accelerate their growth and continue to position them as the boat everyone dreams of having one day.

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Located in Ripon, WI, Alliance Laundry Systems is the largest manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment in the United States.  Serving the laundromat, healthcare, hotel and commercial laundry industries, Alliance manufactures large washers and dryers of all sizes.  Maven was engaged to evaluate the threat or opportunity of app based laundry providers.

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Located in Ontario, CA, The Safariland Group is the largest manufacturer of law enforcement equipment in the United States.  Serving the law enforcement, military, paramedic and outdoor enthusiast markets, Safariland manufactures and distributes holsters, body armor, handcuffs, batons, body cameras, forensic kits and an extensive array of other products used for security and safety.  Maven was engaged to help Safariland consolidate brands accumulated thru 25 years of acquisitions.

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Our client was the state economic development agency for one of the largest states in the US. With a long history of a large manufacturing across many sectors, the state had also built a solid industry position in both banking and insurance. But had not yet seen significant participation in the rapidly growing Financial Technology space (FinTech).  The client engaged Maven to assess the attractiveness of the FinTech market and to provide recommendations for how to deploy resources to attract FinTech businesses to the state.

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Dupré Logistics

Dupré Logistics is a $150M+ transportation & logistics company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. Over a six-month period, Maven worked with the broad management team to develop a detailed corporate strategy that would help guide the company during their next phase of growth. The project included primary customer research, reviews of industry trends, analysis of profitability and evaluation of growth opportunities.

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Located in Toronto, Canada, PointClickCare is the number one provider of software to the long term care industry in North America. Maven worked with the PCC executive team to develop a strategy for growing in a market that had underperformed for years. Through an extensive customer survey, the team was able to provide practical recommendations for changes to pricing, marketing, product configuration and implementation that led to significant growth.

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Western Slope Laboratory is a specialized reference laboratory that designs and produces high-quality Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs). When a family member faced chronic pain doctors were having difficulty diagnosing or treating, a friend suggested heavy metals testing. The test showed high levels of NICKEL. Treatment was then identified and completed, and the family member’s symptoms disappeared. Seeing the ease of testing, and the potential for at-home sample gathering, Western Slope Laboratories engaged with Maven Associates to evaluate the potential market opportunity and develop a launch roadmap.

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Annual Planning

Publishing Concepts, Inc.

When PCI acquired its largest competitor, their size doubled, and the PCI management team recognized the value of having an outside perspective to create additional value from the acquisition. The team wanted to apply identified profits to self-fund future growth initiatives making the new business even stronger. Its owner was a Stagen Business Leadership Program alum and knew Mark Hess well. PCI wanted Maven’s specialization in assisting niche companies to guide it through the process.  

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C&W Manufacturing

Located in Alvarado Texas, C&W designs and manufactures large volume dust control systems, primarily for the construction industry.  In 2016, C&W was recapitalized in partnership with B12 Capital Partners.  Partnering with B12 Capital Partners will enable C&W to expand sales, grow in new markets and evolve it’s industry leading technology.

Maven partnered with the C&W and B12 executive teams to facilitate the development of a new growth strategy.

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Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, Craftmark Bakery is a leading supplier of frozen bakery products to the food service and in-store bakery industries.  With a 225k sq ft commercial bakery and state-of-the art equipment and systems, Craftmark has rapidly grown to an industry recognized innovator serving some of the largest restaurants in the US.  Maven was engaged to help the executive team get the company strategy articulated in a concise and thoughtful way.

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Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, MUV provides ground transportation and logistics services to individuals, groups and events worldwide. MUV has seen substantial growth during its period working with Maven, and attributes some of that to the momentum, outside and unbiased perspective, and valued opinions that Maven brings to their strategic discussions.

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Tower Companies

The Tower Companies develops eco-progressive real estate and sustainable building projects. Maven developed a customized annual planning session to help the executive team create a formal plan of action for the business. In the facilitated session the team brainstormed growth opportunities, discussed changes to how decisions are made and formalized a set of annual initiatives.

Commercial Due Diligence

Satori Capital

Over a 3-week period, the Maven team assessed the market size and growth, developed customer segmentations, created a landscape of the competitive environment and conducted over 30 customer and expert calls. In addition, we developed a roadmap of tactical and strategic growth opportunities.

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Sales Enablement

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PDC, a Brady Business

PDC, a division of the Brady Corporation, is an identification solutions company based in Valencia, California. They have over 55 years of experience in the field and are the global leaders in innovative ID solutions serving Healthcare, Leisure, Entertainment, Law Enforcement and Animal ID industries.

Learn how a six-week project resulted in new, more robust training materials that provided the balance of detail and information.

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