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

Adam A. Duggan   

Senior Consultant

  • Founder, Diamond Head Capital
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • Consultant, Resolution Economics
  • MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • BA, Economics, University of Southern California

Representative Projects

  • Assessment of gaming company marketing spend, resulting in $10M+ annual run-rate savings related to beverage-based comping policies
  • Transformation of leading life sciences company, resulting in improved processes and $500M+ in annual run-rate savings across multiple divisions / geographies
  • Special consultant to F150 CEO’s Chief of staff, touching various C-Suite efforts and initiatives
  • Strategy plan and reorganization for leading life sciences digital health business unit
  • Interim CFO of leading media company subsidiary, leading to reorganization / restructuring of division and return to profitability
  • Extensive strategy work for leading asset manager, including identification of key trends and potential sources of disruption / disintermediation
  • Extensive commercial due diligence for leading private equity and corporate investors across a variety of industries (e.g., software, business services, industrials), providing: market assessment; customer satisfaction; investment thesis pressure testing / validation; investment thesis development
  • Portfolio strategy and improvement for various private equity investors

Expertise

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare Services
  • Industrials
  • Logistics & Transportation Services
  • Technology
  • Transportation Services

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Profit/Process Improvement
  • Investment Analysis
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Leading Asset Manager
  • Leading Life Sciences Company
  • Leading Technology Company
  • Leading Gaming Company
  • Leading Financial Services Company
  • Leading Media Company

PE Firms

  • Mega-funds
  • Middle Market Funds
  • Lower/Middle Market Funds

Roy Johanson   

Senior Advisor

  • Founder, Forseti Partners
  • VP Analysis/Planning, Amtrak
  • Manager, McKinsey
  • Engineer, GM/Ford
  • Faculty, Univ. of Michigan
  • MBA, Cornell
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan
  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State
  • Representative Projects
  • Developed market assessment and growth analysis for advanced soft magnetic materials (ferrites, nanocrystallines, amorphous.)
  • Developed comprehensive commercial assessment of the impact of wide bandgap semiconductors on power electronics markets.
  • Developed North American market entry strategy for new high horsepower diesel engine joint venture.
  • Created a strategic roadmap for a manufacturer of hydraulic off-road axles for trucks and agricultural equipment, including the analysis of alternative motive technologies.
  • Developed go-to-market and share capture strategy in the large industrial gear market.
  • Developed detailed growth strategies for the largest global Tier 1 heavy truck axle/brake manufacturer.
  • Led comprehensive sourcing and supply chain optimization efforts for a $7B aerospace tier 1 supplier with >$1.5B in external spend.  Developed category specific strategies for a complete range of manufactured components and services.
  • Served as the CPO for a $10B entertainment and technology supplier, managing over $2B in annual external spend.

Expertise

Industries

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Devices
  • Technology
  • Transportation Services

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Operations
  • Procurement/SCM
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Meritor
  • BNSF Logistics
  • Alcoa
  • Cummins
  • General Electric
  • Ticketmaster
  • Northwest Hardwoods
  • Mark43
  • MTD
  • Xerox
  • Spirit Aerosystems

PE Firms

  • Onyx
  • HCI
  • Ontario Teachers
  • Watermill

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

Simona Capece   

Senior Consultant

  • SVP, Product Development, Kids II
  • VP Strategy & Innovation, Equifax
  • VP Consumer Membership, Zumba
  • VP Strategy, Weight Watchers
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • MBA, The Wharton School
  • Master of Science, Management and Production Engineering, Politecnico of Milan

Representative Projects

  • Developed a financial model to assess value creation of product solution used by internal clients for a F100 Tech company
  • Designed and implemented a new company-wide operational planning, goal setting and performance measurement process for F1000 financial software company
  • Re-designed stage gate process for product development team of plastic goods manufacturer
  • Developed company-wide long-range strategic planning process for multiple clients including plastic good manufacturer and toy manufacturer
  • Developed growth strategy for multiple clients including public speaking and professional coaching business and weight-loss company
  • Led 3-yr strategic planning process for fintech start-up, also developed operational and financial model to support negotiations during fund raising and sale of the business to major insurance group for $250M
  • Advised PE fund on a potential acquisition in the weight-loss space

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Strategic and Financial Planning
  • Business Development/M&A
  • Product Development & Innovation
  • General Management

Representative Clients

  • F100 Technology Company
  • F1000 Financial Software Company
  • Plastic Goods Manufacturer
  • Toy Manufacturer
  • Public Speaking and Coaching Business
  • Weight loss Company
  • FinTech Start-up

Lance Miller   

Senior Consultant

  • Manager, McKinsey & Co.
  • Director, Ford Motor Company
  • Manager, General Electric
  • Captain, US Marine Corps
  • MBA, Wharton – UPenn
  • BA, Economics, Harvard

Representative Projects

  • Drove a construction productivity effort for a $1 billion methanol plant under construction in Trinidad
  • Identified and implemented actions to decrease mining production cycle time for a $200 million mine of multi-national gold mining company
  • Led implementation of private-equity driven strategy with 17 initiatives for a $500 million PE-owned automotive business process outsourcing company
  • Spearheaded idea generation, valuation and implementation planning for cost reduction and revenue generation for a $23 billion regional bank
  • Developed overview of automotive seating aftermarkets in USA, Europe and China for $100 million division of multi-billion automotive tier one supplier
  • Drove idea generation and implementation planning to deliver profitable growth for an $11 billion integrated energy company
  • Managed process to develop projects to capture savings for a $6 billion trucking and transportation company
  • Led effort that identified opportunities to increase productivity for a $150 million PE-owned manufacturer of steel structures

Expertise

Industries

  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Automotive
  • Financial Services
  • Industrials
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Utilities
  • Transportation Services

Project Types

  • Strategic Growth
  • Process Improvement Cost Reduction
  • Productivity
  • Accountability
  • Business Development
  • Implementation
  • Mergers & Acquisition

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Teck Resources
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Goldcorp
  • Adient
  • MSX International
  • Valley National Bank
  • Entergy
  • J.B. Hunt
  • Fleetgistics

PE Firms

  • Bain Capital
  • Harbor Group

Brian Kelley   

Senior Consultant

  • Managing Director, Quincy Analytics
  • Partner, The Lucas Group
  • Vice President & Chief of Staff, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Manager International Growth, Staples, the Office Superstore
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • BS, Quantitative Economics, Tufts University

Representative Projects

  • Performed due diligence and led integration of claims and wholesale units for 2 $10bn P&C insurance carriers; delivered $120mm+ in synergy savings
  • Used “profit pool” approach to identify high potential new market and product extensions for the $60bn 2nd largest US life insurer; opportunities identified led to road map to achieve $740mm operating profit increase over 7-years
  • Led complete strategy development for a $15bn P&C insurer; delivered projects with EVA of $400mm
  • Led due diligence of leading SaaS provider of e-application and quoting software for the life insurance and variable annuity market
  • Designed go-to-market strategy to leverage digital assets of a PE backed InsurTech IoT/Telematics provider
  • For a mid-sized PE firm, led due diligence for successful acquisition of a $50mm SaaS employee benefits administration solution
  • Developed global growth strategy for the world’s largest retailer using grounds up profit pool approach across 4 continents and 12 countries
  • Created 5-year blueprint to improve EBITDA from $40mm to $475mm for the largest US wholesale grocer
  • Built business cases for initial international expansion of largest office superstore

Expertise

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Software

Project Types

  • Due Diligence
  • Financial Modeling & Analysis
  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A/PMI
  • Profit Improvement

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Liberty Mutual
  • Chubb
  • Prudential
  • OneBeacon
  • Roost Telematics
  • Walmart
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Staples
  • Sysco Foodservice

PE Firms

  • Bessemer IP
  • EQT
  • Welsh Carson
  • Riverside
  • Great Point Partners
  • Brookside Partners