Joe Griffith   

Senior Consultant

  • Founder, Wander New Mexico
  • Case Team Leader, Bain & Company
  • Associate, Good Harbor Consulting
  • Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • BS, Economics, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Representative Projects

  • Developed a strategy to accelerate company growth and maximize exit valuation multiples for a ~$300M metal manufacturer
  • Developed a growth strategy for a ~$200M online consumer loan business
  • Created a roadmap for a ~$40M publisher to improve profitability and pursue new strategic growth opportunities
  • Developed a growth strategy for a hydraulic seal manufacturer
  • Developed a 5-year value creation plan for a ~$600M wine distributor in Canada post acquisition by a PE fund
  • Led team of big data analysts in customer churn root cause analysis for Fortune 500 SaaS business. Analyzed massive amounts of data from nine corporate databases to identify $30M in customer retention improvement opportunities.
  • Designed and implemented capital projects prioritization system for energy company, resulting in savings of $15 million
  • Re-engineered procurement processes for leading energy company, resulting in improved supplier relationship management and expenditure planning

Expertise

Industries

  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Consumer Products
  • Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Sector
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Tourism/Hospitality

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Profit Improvement
  • Marketing
  • Process Optimization
  • Organizational Design
  • NPS/Customer Insights

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Arterra Wines
  • PDC
  • Best Egg
  • Publishing Concepts
  • Fortune 50 IT hardware company
  • Fortune 100 software company
  • Gulf region National Oil Company

PE Firms

  • Ontario Teachers
  • Anchor Partners

Mark Gomez   

Senior Consultant

  • CDO, LA Promise Fund
  • Manager, Mattel Corp. Strat.
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • Business Advisor, Peace Corps
  • Analyst, JP Morgan
  • MBA, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Business Economics, Brown University

Representative Projects

  • Developed a three-year strategic plan for a financial services client (1.5 years+) with ~$45B in managed assets. Worked on product development, strategic planning, advisor productivity, Salesforce effectiveness, and organizational design engagements
  • Completed five acquisitions for a PE-backed industrial goods company. Identified targets in adjacent markets, led prospecting, and prepared investment memorandums 
  • Identified additional revenue opportunities for a leading ridesharing platform by assessing the market size of the music and sporting event industries
  • Led strategy and implementation of key organizational turnaround initiatives at LA’s largest charter (~$200M) network of 25 schools 
  • Analyzed and prioritized 50+ R&D investments for a ~$64B beverage company 
  • Conducted due diligence for an automobile manufacturer acquiring a large RV competitor. Acquisition was the largest transaction in the company’s history
  • Analyzed competitors and industry trends to create a competitive intelligence report for a leading cruise company

Expertise

Industries

  • Automotive
  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Industrials
  • Nonprofits
  • Private Equity
  • Retail
  • Tourism/Hospitality
  • Transportation Services

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Market Intelligence
  • GTM Strategy
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

  • Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
  • AlphaSights
  • Aramsco
  • Ares
  • Authen Activewear
  • Avantax Wealth Management
  • ChromoLogic
  • Financial Recovery Technologies
  • Pepsi
  • Singer
  • Uber
  • Viking Cruises
  • Winnebago

Ricardo Berner   

Senior Consultant

  • FounFounder, Practiko, LLC
  • Managing Director, WM Partners 
  • Co-founder, PadInMotion
  • Principal, Bain & Company
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • MSc, Economics, LSE
  • BA, Economics, ITESM

Representative Projects

  • Co-led the creation of a ~$300M fund focused on nutritional supplements. Sold to Clorox for ~$700M. Rolled up five nutritional supplement players, doubling revenue and increasing EBITDA 10x within three years. 
  • Created a customer focused growth strategy for a major pharma company focused on customer driven growth doubling stock value within 12 months
  • Co-founder of PadInMotion, providing tablet technology for patients at hospitals, achieving exponential growth in first five years
  • Developed detailed growth strategy (brand-pack) to reactivate growth for a beverage company in a mature market to reach >8% CAG
  • Redesigned organization of major retailer in Mexico to double LATAM business in 5 years with lower costs
  • Redesigned new commercial model to boost efficient growth for a major pharma company
  • Developed multiple R&D and growth strategies for a variety of mid and large pharma customers across different therapeutic areas such as oral contraceptives, cardiovascular, and ophthalmology
  • Conducted due diligence and created an expansion strategy for a network of radiotherapy centers

Expertise

Industries

  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Products
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Health & Wellness
  • Healthcare Services
  • Industrials
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Post-merger Integration
  • Organizational Design
  • Marketing
  • Profit Improvement
  • Due Diligence
  • Strategy Implementation

Representative Clients

Companies

  • 3 of the top 5 pharma companies
  • National chain of pharmacies
  • Mid size pharma
  • Network of radiotherapy centers
  • Leading mass retailer
  • Global beverage company
  • Leading multinational food player
  • Global beer company
  • Leading international green house operator

PE Firms

  • Top tier PE firms
  • Mid size PE firm
  • Founding member of WM Partners focused on health and wellness
  • International producer of specialty chemicals

Mark Hess   

Founder

  • Founder, Maven Associates
  • Principal, Stagen
  • VP Strategy & BD, GES
  • Manager, Bain & Company
  • Engineer, Black & Veatch
  • MBA, Tuck-Dartmouth
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
  • BA, Economics, Claremont McKenna College

Representative Projects

  • Led development of a strategy to accelerate company growth and maximize exit valuation multiples for a ~$300M metal manufacturer
  • Developed a growth strategy for a ~$200M online consumer loan business
  • Created a roadmap for a ~$40M publisher to improve profitability and pursue new strategic growth opportunities
  • Conducted a 3-week due diligence of a PE acquisition target in the equipment moving space
  • Led the development of a profit improvement plan for a hydraulic seal manufacturer
  • Developed a 5-year Value Creation Plan for a ~$600M wine distributor in Canada post acquisition by a PE fund
  • Built a growth strategy for a ~$200M luxury recreational boat manufacturer
  • Conducted a 3-week due diligence of a PE acquisition target in the land management space
  • Developed detailed analysis of the Top 20 competitors of a national big box retailer
  • Created a growth strategy for a ~$100M SaaS business

Expertise

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Transportation Services

Project Types

  • Due Diligence
  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A/PMI
  • Marketing/Branding
  • Organizational Design
  • Profit Improvement

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Cobalt Boats
  • At Home
  • Safariland
  • PointClickCare
  • WorldStrides
  • Alliance Equipment
  • Arterra Wines
  • Craftmark Bakery
  • Raybern’s
  • PDC
  • Best Egg

PE Firms

  • Carlyle Group
  • JMI Equity
  • Ontario Teachers
  • Anchor Partners
  • Satori Capital

Belinda Li   

Senior Consultant

  • Founder, CiTTA Partnership
  • Associate Principal, Civic Consulting Alliance
  • Senior Associate, McKinsey & Co.
  • Manager, GE Healthcare
  • Senior Scientist, GE Healthcare
  • Research Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine
  • MBA, University of Chicago
  • PhD, Medical Physics, University of London
  • BA, Physics, University of Oxford

Representative Projects

  • Created a growth strategy for a social enterprise contract manufacturing firm (a ~$25M division of a ~$850M company)
  • Assessed market feasibility for a new B2C product idea for a traditionally B2B healthcare diagnostic company, followed by developing and executing a go-to-market strategy to bring product to market
  • Developed and piloted four new social enterprise business models for 25 diverse network affiliates of a ~$250M national nonprofit, with eventual nationwide impact on affordable, sustainable homeownership
  • Created a business model and business plan to scale a nationwide initiative in early childhood professional training for a ~$75M nonprofit
  • Conducted comprehensive and in-depth customer surveys as inputs into a market expansion strategy for a healthcare software company
  • Created 3-10 year strategic plans and implementation roadmaps for many nonprofits & higher education institutions, ranging in size from ~$1.5M to ~$1B
  • Conducted feasibility assessment and developed financial projections for new social enterprise ideas for established nonprofits, including a museum
  • Conducted market research & risk identification for a clean tech start-up
  • Led program management of the Chicago Climate Action Plan

Expertise

Industries

  • Education
  • Energy
  • Healthcare Services

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Modeling
  • Go-to-Market
  • Market Research
  • Social Enterprise

Representative Clients

Companies

  • PointClickCare
  • Coventry Diagnostics
  • Alliance Equipment
  • Cherokee Nation Industries
  • PowerenTech

Nonprofits and Public Sector

  • The Jane Goodall Institute
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • University of California Riverside
  • Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
  • NeighborWorks America
  • City of Chicago

Jai Jain   

Senior Consultant

  • Founding Partner, Novo Management Consultants
  • Senior Consultant, Delta Partners
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • Active Angel investor (>15 start-ups across US, Asia)
  • B.tech, Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Kharagpur
  • National Math Olympiad winner, India

Representative Projects

  • Led re-org for growth exercise for the 2nd largest Credit bureau in the world. Complete analysis and re-design of functions and roles & responsibilities
  • Commercial turnaround (pricing, products & services, campaigns, sales) across more than 15 countries for the largest Telco group in Middle east & Africa
  • Market entry strategy (India) for one of the largest Tire manufacturers in the world
  • Commercial Due Diligence for an India based BPO for the largest financial services player in US
  • Net Promoter score analysis for one of the largest retail chains in the US. Created a product matrix at an SKU level
  • Complete Analytics and Business Intelligence Unit set up the 2nd largest Telco group in Middle East & Africa. Involved liasoning with all CXOs and two external tech vendors

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Private Equity
  • Retail
  • Telecom

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • International Expansion
  • Commercial Strategy
  • Pricing
  • Consumer Behavior Analytics
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Vodafone Group
  • TransUnion Canada
  • MTN Group
  • Walmart
  • Zain Group
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Bharti Airtel
  • Raymond Industries
  • Click.ai

PE Firms

  • Bain Capital
  • Delta Partners

Chris Fox   

Senior Consultant

  • VP Strategy, MeadWestvaco
  • Principal, Marakon Associates
  • Director Strategy, Xerox
  • Associate Principal, McKinsey
  • MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Economics, Harvard

Representative Projects

  • Developed a new adjacent market growth strategy for a $3B branded consumer products company
  • Led strategic diligence for a branded consumer products company acquiring a $60MM Canada-based supplier
  • Evaluated multiple potential new platform acquisition opportunities for a $20B global industrial conglomerate
  • Led team developing a new product market entry strategy for the Food SBU of a $6B global packaging company
  • Drove annual strategic planning process and re-defined the business model of a $3B global vision care provider
  • Co-led the commercial due diligence for a successful $2.4B hospital supplies company acquisition
  • Built a PMO capability and led high-value strategic projects to transform a $1.3B PE-backed consumer products client
  • Developed a break-out strategy for a life sciences client to shape a new market and grow revenue 6x over 5 years
  • Co-led the development of a new international sales and distribution approach for a life sciences client

Expertise

Industries

  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Consumer Products
  • Entertainment
  • Industrials
  • Materials
  • Packaging
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Strategy
  • Corporate Development
  • New Market Entry
  • Profit Improvement
  • Program Management
  • Team Building

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Mead Johnson
  • US Pharmacopeia
  • Pfizer
  • Live Nation
  • Scotts
  • Timken
  • Textron
  • Dow Chemical
  • Allergan
  • Alcon
  • Danaher

PE Firms

  • Charlesbank
  • TPG
  • Clayton Dubilier

Azim Nagree   

Senior Consultant

  • Founder, Nagree Consulting
  • VP Customer Success
  • Senior Strategy Consultant, Dell
  • Senior Analyst, Bain & Co
  • Attorney
  • MBA, Wharton School
  • JD, Bond University (Australia)
  • B Ecomms (Bond University)

Representative Projects

  • Created a Customer Retention strategy to execute bookings worth $70M
  • Built go-to market strategy for business unit within Dell, resulting in 15% revenue improvement in <12 months
  • Spearheaded cost-reduction strategy for food manufacturing, resulting in 7% reduction in waste and 10% efficiency improvement
  • Revamped go-to-market strategy for B2B2C technology company, resulting in 2x increase in sales velocity
  • Developed new organizational design for B2B company resulting in 40% reduction in headcount (and cost) without impacting revenue

Expertise

Industries

  • Advertising & Media
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Software
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Product Marketing
  • Go-to-Market
  • Customer Retention
  • Organizational Design
  • Sales Enablement

Representative Clients

  • AXA Financial
  • Goodman Fielder
  • NAB
  • Ansell
  • Dell
  • Digital Pharmacist
  • TrendKite
  • ScaleFactor
  • Wodify
  • Luxe Sweets

Chris Donnelly   

Senior Advisor

  • Founder, TopFlight Ventures
  • SVP Strategy & Product, Oakley
  • Board Director, 2 public & 9 private
  • Director, Nike Subsidiaries
  • CEO, Jax Holdings
  • Manager, Bain & Company
  • MBA, Stanford
  • BS, Thermos Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

Representative Projects

  • Drove the innovation, R&D, supply chain, merchandising and consumer experience for $2.5B sports company
  • Led the omni-channel strategy and team for 450 retail door openings and $300M in digital sales transforming the consumer experience and segmentation
  • Built new customer segmentation for $1.1B marketplace focused on profitable growth: acquisition costs, lifetime value, referral economics
  • Built new brand positioning for a $300M on-line consumer goods brand.  Shifted to a premium, higher margin position with strong CLV and loyalty characteristics.
  • Rebuilt the strategy and shareholder economics for faltering $2.3B on-line retailer of household goods.  
  • Conducted due diligence, built shareholder value model, wrote IPO book for $100M Cannabis company
  • Built $20M real estate portfolio identifying properties, price, and operational priorities returning 22% annually.  
  • Complete overhaul of brand, consumer experience, and lifetime value for $200M cannabis portfolio.  Drove 30% CAGR over the next two years.
  • Due Diligence, negotiation, acquisition, and integration strategy for a $2.3B lifestyle footwear company and $250M Surf/lifestyle Brand

Expertise

Industries

  • Cannabis
  • Consumer Products
  • e-Commerce
  • Retail
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Consumer Experience
  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Product Innovation
  • Loyalty/Retention
  • Branding
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Nike
  • Oakley
  • Converse
  • Slang Worldwide
  • RedBubble
  • OverStock
  • Organa Brands
  • Skull Candy
  • Hurley
  • Bauer

PE Firms

  • Bain Capital
  • TPG Group
  • TopFlight Ventures

Peter Fisher   

Senior Consultant

  • Founder, Cortus Advisors
  • Partner, Tapestry Networks
  • Managing Director, Fidelity
  • Engagement Manager, Bain
  • Research Associate, NERA
  • Ph.D. Business Economics, Harvard University & HBS
  • MA Harvard University
  • BA Economics, Northwestern University

Representative Projects

  • Led development of long-term growth strategy for $5B professional services firm, including new product development, automation, customer segmentation.
  • Led development of international expansion of $180B AUM institutional asset manager.
  • Developed advisor product/practice development strategy for $12B FS firm.
  • Developed client segmentation and targeting strategy for $4B technology-focused professional services firm.
  • Developed new market positioning for employer-provided financial services business of broadly diversified $36B financial services firm.
  • Developed new market entry strategy for top technology company in enterprise and small business computing markets.
  • Developed strategy for ownership transition and leadership succession plan for $50B AUM active asset manager.
  • Led multiple new business development strategies for $2.5T AUM financial services firm in areas of product development, customer segmentation and targeting, market positioning, cost efficiency.
  • Created new business development thought leadership unit for $36B professional services firm.
  • Conducted due diligence research for PE investor in employee benefits markets.
  • Developed new market entry assessment for $37B FS firm in robo advice market.

Expertise

Industries

  • Asset Management
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • Insurance
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Venture Capital

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A/Partnership Strategy
  • Product Development/Management
  • Profit Improvement
  • Market Entry
  • Due Diligence
  • Efficiency

Representative Clients

Companies

  • American Express
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Causeway Capital
  • China Southern Asset Management
  • Dell Computer
  • EY
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Gartner Group
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grant Thornton
  • Imation

PE Firms

  • Investors Group
  • State Farm
  • Welsh Carlson