Stephen Blunck

Senior Consultant, Maven Associates

VP, Serent Capital

Associate, Advent International

Senior Associate Consultant, Bain & Company

MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business

BS, Brigham Young University

Representative Projects

  • Developed and implemented procurement and cost reduction initiatives for multi-billion-dollar public retailer
  • Designed organizational growth strategy and decision-making framework for charter school network expanding across regions
  • Led the merger of two human capital management enterprises to consolidate market share and drive growth synergies
  • Created strategy to accelerate company growth for data center company
  • Implemented value creation initiatives for at-risk healthcare entity, including leadership build-out, growth strategy, and new geography expansion
  • Supported ed-tech company with merger integration, financial operations, capital structure, and tracking against key performance indicators
  • Negotiated with lenders to obtain ~$600M in financing to facilitate company recapitalization
  • Led due diligence workstreams for multiple potential private equity transactions, with combined enterprise value of ~$6B

Expertise

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Healthcare
  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Education
  • Technology & Software
  • Human Capital Management
  • Pharmaceuticals

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Finance
  • Profit Improvement
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • JCPenney
  • Uplift Education
  • TalentWave
  • Professional Health
  • Care Network
  • KEV School Solutions
  • Data Center Co.
  • ATI Physical Therapy
  • InVentiv

PE Firms

  • Serent Capital
  • Advent International

Founder, Corbett Consulting

COO, Array Marketing

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Leader, Wiremold Company

Toyota Motor Company

Manager, CIBC

MSc, Chaminade University

BComm, Carleton University

Representative Projects

  • Integration of 3 “bolt on” acquisitions in electrical conduit manufacturing
  • Led development of Strategy to consolidate and relocate manufacturing in Mexico reducing labor costs by 80% for an Auto supplier
  • Developed and implemented post-acquisition consolidation plan generating over $2MM COGS reduction and multiple real estate opportunities
  • Improved product flow in Hydraulic Systems that reduced labor by 15%, inventory by 30% and Leadtime by 50%
  • Improved call center operations resulting in 20% reduction in required staff and an improvement in the Net Promotor Score (NPS)
  • Created evaluation/audit process to drive continuous improvement across range of businesses that delivered 2 points of EBITDA 3 years in a row
  • Optimized retail store operations that reduced store labor reduction of 20%
  • Redesigned order sequencing and processing to increase “On Time In Full” by 12 points

Expertise

Industries

  • Manufacturing
  • Machining
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Automotive
  • Call Centers
  • Hospital Operations
  • Retail Operations
  • Purchasing
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Mortgage Processing
  • Insurance

Project Types

  • Operations Optimization
  • Due Diligence
  • M&A Strategy
  • Post Merger Integration
  • Organizational Design
  • Profit Improvement

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Caterpillar
  • IBM
  • Livingston
  • International
  • CHS
  • Intercos
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Cobham
  • Argyle Investments
  • Minute Maid
  • Textron

PE Firms

  • TorQuest
  • Carlyle
  • TPG
  • Birchill
  • Sun Capital
  • L Catterton

Advisor, Redstone Road LLC

Executive, Palantir Technologies

Founder, Pure Growth Partners

Principal, Bain & Company

MBA, Wharton School of Business

BA, Economics, Princeton University

Representative Projects

  • Transformed of one of America’s leading luxury brands, resulting in 25% profit uplift, 4x EBITDA increase, and 70% reduction in outstanding debt
  • Drove digital transformation of portfolio of media brands, driving >$20MM savings by integrating edit teams, developing new digital products, transforming customer acquisition, and eliminating under-performing publications
  • Conducted 30 diligences across multiple industries, ranging from 2 weeks <$100MM to multi-month, multi-billion dollar highly complex acquisitions
  • Led diligence process for the Singapore Ministry of Finance to select a best-qualified developer to build the world’s largest casino resort
  • Led successful bid for large regional payments processing system, including developing proprietary forecasts for evolution of credit and debit markets, and extensive diligence of legacy internal IT systems
  • Developed 100-day plan for successful post-merger integration of two, multi-site heavy industrial manufacturers
  • Created new opportunity screen for one of the nation’s leading CPG manufacturers
  • Created, launched, and marketed celebrity-backed beverage, from initial concept through formulation, testing, and successful distribution in 40k doors

Expertise

Industries

  • Media
  • Technology
  • Luxury
  • Consumer Products
  • Retail
  • Data & Analytics
  • Payments
  • Financial Services Technology (Fintech)

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Meredith Company
  • Mack Weldon
  • David Webb
  • Conde Nast
  • Anomaly Corporation
  • American Kennel Club
  • Dresser-Rand
  • Vocativ
  • MTV Viacom
  • NASDAQ
  • SourceMedia

Companies

  • Blackstone Group
  • Bain Capital
  • Advent International
  • Warburg Pincus
  • Silver Lake

Founder, Miami Strategica LLC

Partner, GoGlobal Advisors

Founder & President, The Engaged Minds Factory

SVP, Sales and Strategy, Jenzabar

Principal, Hamilton Boston LLP

Senior Manager, EY Corporate Finance

Manager, Bain & Company

Engineer, IBM

MBA, INSEAD

MS, Mechanical Engineering, Technical University Munich

Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Representative Projects

  • Led the post-merger integration of two information services companies with 300 FTEs
  • Developed a turn-around strategy for a big box retailer in Chapter 11
  • Led the org design and process design for a green field company launched to provide closed-loop payment solution to the U.S. government
  • Led the ramp-up of a near-shored Shared Services Center consolidating 20 payment processing operations around the globe for a global energy company
  • Led the Agile transformation of a global software company
  • Led the post merger integration of the dispersed IT groups of an acquisitive global company into a coherent organization, provided strategic talent management support to lay foundation for a cloud migration
  • Built the valuation model for the acquisition of a container manufacturer for a strategic buyer
  • Led the development of an operational strategy for an LTL road hauler
  • Developed a go-to-market strategy with individual sales goals for the tax division of a Big 4 company with >1000 partners and principals
  • Led the post merger integration of a PE sponsored roll-up of 5 ERP software companies

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Strategy Development & Implementation
  • Performance Improvement
  • Sales and Sales Management
  • Organizational Design
  • Strategic Talent Management
  • Post-merger Integration

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Coca Cola
  • Ford
  • DHL
  • Compaq / HP
  • Sabre
  • World Fuel Services
  • Banco Santander
  • ThyssenKrupp
  • Caldor

PE Firms

  • TPG
  • Investcorp
  • Welsh Carson

Partner, Startup Capital Ventures

CEO Grassroots Enterprise

CEO WorldPages

BCG – Co-founder of high tech. practice, now largest in firm

Sr. Engineer, Beckman-Coulter

MBA, Stanford University

BS, Electrical Engineering, UC Irvine

Representative Projects

  • Led project for Microsoft to develop MSN with Bill Gates
  • Co-led project for Disney to develop retail presence (Disney Stores)
  • Developed a restaurant model for optimization of size, pricing, hours, etc.
  • Led project for Chevron to evaluate larger convenience stores at gas stations
  • Led project for Snap-On Tools to evaluate entering aerospace rivet industry
  • Led hub & maintenance base strategy for Air Canada
  • Led project for ATT to develop it’s first commercial broadband project
  • Led project for National Semiconductor to evaluate building a new semi fab in Silicon Valley

Expertise

Industries

  • Airline
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Telecom

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • High Tech
  • Startups
  • Process Re-engineering
  • Turnaround
  • Internet Privacy & Policy

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Microsoft MSN
  • Disney Retail 
  • Disney Movie Distribution
  • Chevron Chemicals
  • Chevron C-Stores
  • Snap-On Tools
  • National Semi
  • AT&T
  • Westinghouse
  • Forte Hotels (UK)
  • Hawaii Restaurant
  • EPRI
  • PG&E 
  • GM
  • Petronas (Malaysia)

Founder, Galileo Preschool

Co-Founder & Director of Strategy, EarlySpark

COO, Identified

PE Associate, H.I.G. Capital

Consultant, BCG

MBA, Stanford University

MA, Education, Stanford University

MS, Comp Sci / Electrical Engineering, M.I.T.

BS, Comp Sci / Electrical Engineering, M.I.T.

Representative Projects

  • Created a 5-year roadmap for a global non-profit to solidify their change model and scale their organization
  • Implemented a global restructuring of a Fortune 500 company through several worldwide workshops, redesigning the organization layer-by-layer starting with the CEO down to the front-line workers
  • Designed and executed a successful sales strategy workshop for Sales VPs and Executive Leadership to boost global revenue
  • Conducted multiple PE due diligence projects in the craft, healthcare, manufacturing and transportation spaces
  • Developed and implemented the user growth blueprint and analytics platform for a B2C Internet platform
  • Designed a large-scale research study (RTC) and secured Stanford faculty to oversee the study and publish the findings 
  • Developed a profit improvement plan for autobody chain
  • Built a growth strategy for a national home décor company
  • Designed educational assessments for preschool and elementary school students, following global assessment standards
  • Developed a data pricing model for a biotech company

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • FP&A
  • M&A
  • Profit Improvement
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Global Fortune 100 Bank
  • Fortune 500 Biotech Company
  • Fortune 500 Materials Manufacturing Company
  • EarlySpark, a global non-profit focused on transforming education in India
  • Top Systems, the leading banking systems provider in Latin America
  • DCWV, leading paper craft company and numerous acquisition targets

Managing Director, MHT Partners

Senior Consultant, Bain & Company

Communities Product Manager, AOL Netscape

MBA, Stanford

BA, Humanities and Managerial Studies, Rice University

Representative Projects

  • Evaluated investment and divestiture opportunities to manage cashflow strategy for a public company in a rapidly consolidating news media industry
  • Developed detailed post-merger integration plan to identify operational and financial synergies and to maximize revenue in a $120 million merger of business logistics services companies
  • Managed buy side program with multiple add-on acquisitions for SaaS education platform resulting in successful $300 million portfolio exit
  • Led due diligence for $100+ million acquisition of a high margin niche business, radically expanding the services portfolio of a tax services company
  • Developed valuation model enabling one of largest deals in UK history, a $35 billion merger of global consumer goods conglomerates
  • Performed detailed long-term scenario modeling for global beverages M&A during a period of intense industry consolidation, enabling development of growth and defensive strategies for a $5 billion alcoholic beverages producer
  • Led profitability study to segment market, prioritize customer base, and evaluate channel economics for a US automotive manufacturer.
  • Developed detailed analysis of top 50 acquisition targets for a geopolitical/ macroeconomic think tank influential in governments and institutional investors

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • Market Analysis
  • Post-merger Integration
  • Market Segmentation

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Blackboard (Archipelago Learning)
  • Freeman Company
  • A. H. Belo
  • Ryan LLC (tax services)
  • Diageo (Guinness)
  • FEMSA (Heineken)
  • Ford
  • Navistar
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Del Monte Royal
  • Norton Rose (law M&A)

PE Firms

  • Providence Equity Partners
  • Carlyle Group
  • BV Investment
  • Castanea Partners
  • JH Whitney

  • 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

  • COO, J&S Audio Visual
  • VP, Apple Leisure Group
  • Principal, Plutus Capital
  • Principal, SunTx Partners
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • J.D. University of Virginia Law School with emphasis on M&A
  • B.S., B.A. Southern Methodist University Dallas

Representative Projects

  • Developed cost reduction initiative for large public property management company based in Toronto/New York.  Led business process outsourcing plan for several back-office functions including HR, Payroll, F&A, Call Center.
  • Consolidated back-offices functions of three PE-backed travel companies and 10 different business departments including Operations, Call Center Customer Service, F&A, Rate Loading saving $6mm annually.  
  • Oversaw divestment of large $250M E-commerce business for a PE backed company which included winding down operations and data-centers.
  • COO of $100M+ PE-backed hotel services business encompassing 400+ employees.  Oversaw FP&A and all aspects of Operations. Created Key Performance Indicators, vision, and strategy for group.
  • Created continuous improvement office which identified bottlenecks in a $1B+ Canadian copper mining operation,  increasing production by 18%.
  • Developed outsourcing plan for large software application company identifying over $20M in annual savings.
  • Created Centralized Procurement office for major aero-space defense contractor which consolidated purchasing efforts with company’s largest suppliers saving 12%.

Expertise

Industries

  • Airline
  • Business Services
  • Defense
  • Mining
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Tourism/Hospitality
  • Transportation Services

Project Types

  • SG&A Reduction
  • BPO
  • Operations Optimization
  • KPI Dashboards
  • Business Process Transformation
  • M&A Assessment/PMI
  • PMO

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Brookfield Properties
  • Apple Leisure Group
  • Woolworths (Australia)
  • Ned Bank (South Africa)
  • Teck Industries (Canada)
  • Sabre Group
  • Rio-Tinto (Australia)
  • Expedia/Travelocity
  • Freeman Industries
  • United Airlines
  • Lockheed-Martin

PE Firms

  • Plutus Capital
  • SunTx Capital

  • 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

  • Founder, MG&A Strategy
  • CFO / COO, Qida
  • VP Strategy Manager, JPMorgan Chase
  • Senior Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
  • MBA, Columbia Business School, New York City
  • BS & MA, Management, ESADE, Barcelona

Representative Projects

  • Led a 5-year strategy formulation for an Asian subsidiary of a global leading life insurance company, partnering with the local leadership team and the central strategy function.
  • Developed market assessments for pharmaceutical and transportation clients exploring growth opportunities in new verticals.
  • Prepared strategic recommendations for the Board of Directors of a Real Estate Technology and Consulting company analyzing the alternatives for one of their business units.
  • Improved Sales Innovation for a global research firm scaling up a pilot program 10x in two months to systematize personalized outbound marketing for C-level technology executives.
  • Assisted an online presence management technology company rethink sales analytics to support nimble decision making in pursuit of growth target.
  • Supported clients in Private Equity, household appliances, healthcare and telecoms industries on commercial due diligence, customer, service and profitability projects.

Expertise

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Financial Services

Project Types

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Strategy Development
  • Market Assessment
  • Digital Transformation

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Top global publicly traded insurer
  • ~$5B American road transportation company
  • $300MM+ US-based pharmaceutical quality provider
  • >$3.5MM media start-up

PE Firms

  • $100B+ Global PE
  • Middle-market focused European PE investor
  • Multiple European family-promoted PE investment funds

  • 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

  • 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

  • Principal, Hanafi Strategy
  • Senior Director, IT Strategy & Innovation, DIRECTV/AT&T
  • COO, Folio3
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • Director/Strategy Lead, Viant
  • Financial Analyst, Citigroup Smith Barney
  • BA, Columbia University

Representative Projects

  • Providing Agile PMO and strategy planning support for a federal government agency
  • Planned and supported ~$225M multi-year digital transformation for a large consumer products company
  • Acted as Portfolio Lead for data management and governance initiative for a large consumer products company
  • Conducted IT cost benchmarking analysis for a large telecom provider, identifying ~$70-120M opportunity to right-size spend mix
  • Developed digital platform strategy for sports and news networks division of a Fortune 100 cable company
  • Led financial management and spend analysis for savings portion of $1B IT synergy savings program for M&E company post-merger integration
  • Developed strategies for new digital capabilities in areas such as cloud computing, Big Data, social business and API’s for a large M&E company
  • Led enterprise-wide information management strategy covering all major business units and entire information value chain for a large M&E company
  • Developed IT strategic plans and managed multi-year roadmaps for multiple, complex IT capabilities for a large M&E company

Expertise

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Telecom

Project Types

  • IT/Digital Strategy
  • Digital Transformation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Corporate Development/M&A Strategy
  • Business Planning
  • Agile PMO
  • Product Management

Representative Clients

Companies

  • CenturyLink
  • Charter Communications
  • Federal Government Agency
  • Harman/Samsung
  • Mattel
  • PTC
  • Seagate
  • Sears
  • VNU/Nielsen

PE Firms

  • American Express
  • Charles Schwab
  • General Dynamics

  • 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

  • Owner, ORCA Consulting LLC
  • Case Team Leader, Bain & Company
  • Senior Associate, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC
  • Engineer, Northrop Grumman
  • MBA, Booth (U Chicago), concentration in entrepreneurship
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, UCLA
  • Minor, Accounting, UCLA

Representative Projects

  • Built recommendation for market entry of new product in innovation department of $26B consumer goods company
  • Led development of international portfolio strategy for $3.5B global manufacturing company prioritization of growth, sustain, divesture of multiple recent acquisitions
  • Created new US pricing strategy for newly created pricing team at $24B consumer goods company and integrated new pricing vendor into process
  • Built recommendation for market entry into new health care space for national retail company based on assessment of current landscape and future health care trends
  • Conducted a 1-week due diligence of a PE acquisition target in the conference management space
  • Conducted a 1-week due diligence of a PE acquisition target in the software registration space
  • Conducted a 1-week due diligence of a PE acquisition target in the health care services space

Expertise

Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Technology

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • M&A
  • Pricing Strategy

Representative Clients

Companies

  • McDonalds
  • Kraft Heinz
  • CVS
  • Walmart
  • Regal Beloit
  • Nutrien

PE Firms

  • Carlyle Group
  • Pamlico Capital
  • Gemspring Capital
  • GTCR
  • Sterling Partners

  • Partner, Maven Associates
  • Co-Founder, Evolution Strategy
  • Co-Founder, CenterGate Capital
  • SVP Strat & Corp Dev, Total Safety
  • Principal, Eos Partners
  • Principal, H.I.G. Capital
  • Associate, GTCR Golder Rauner
  • Sr Assoc Consultant, Bain & Co.
  • MBA, Stanford GSB
  • BA, Econ/Poly Sci, Northwestern University

Representative Projects

  • Develop market-based valuation drivers to drive growth strategy for a ~$300M manufacturer. Support with key insights from competitors, lenders, bankers, and investors. Source new deals and new intermediary relationships as additional value during the engagement
  • Developed a market strategy for a ~$400M industrial services organization, completing 12+ country-level analyses on economic, political, and industrial concerns to recommend which markets to invest in, monitor, or exit
  • Build network of deal intermediaries (bankers, brokers, consultants, accountants, investors & lender) and marketing materials for various PE firms
  • Conducted a 2-week strategic due diligence project for a PE acquisition target in the facility services market; support firm at management presentations
  • Developed comprehensive market overview for ~$60M international BPO firm. Developed and prioritized 150+ acquisition opportunities
  • Completed a 4-week market due diligence project for a PE acquisition target in the marketing and distribution industry; complete industry interviews to develop insightful industry and target SWOT analysis
  • Manage proprietary sale processes for clients in IT services and healthcare
  • Develop marketing & investor/lender materials for capital raising clientele

Expertise

Industries

  • Energy
  • Industrial & Facility Services
  • Light Manufacturing
  • Logistics & Transportation Services

Project Types

  • M&A Pipeline Development
  • M&A Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Growth Strategy
  • Capital Advisory

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Personiv
  • Total Safety
  • iTexico
  • Anchor Partners
  • Stella Environmental
  • Diagnostic Pain Center
  • AAMP
  • AC Photonics
  • Vision Media

PE Firms

  • H.I.G. Capital
  • Peak Rock Capital
  • Altos Partners
  • The Halifax Group
  • Hidden Harbor
  • Tillery Capital

  • Founder, Radii Group
  • Head of Industry Expansion, Kinnek
  • Case Team Leader, Bain & Company
  • Senior Analyst, Analysis Group
  • MBA, MIT Sloan
  • MA, Economics, Boston University
  • BA, Economics, and BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan

Representative Projects

  • Built M&A function of new corporate venture arm, then co-led deals in FinTech and B2B platforms, including ~$20M in closed deals
  • For several venture funds, explored new investment categories and potential investment opportunities, standardized financial planning and owned portfolio tracking
  • Provided company diligence, and post-merger support for several investments by corporate fund
  • Created strategy and roadmap for Shared Services of top Corporate Incubator
  • Project-managed stand up and execution of Global and U.S. pricing strategy for CPG multinational
  • Supported three Media startups in fundraise, including cap tables, board materials and board presence
  • Built complex 1- and 5-year financial models for several CPG/retail clients (including 3-statement)
  • Worked with several clients to build business models and projections to commercialize disruptive tech

Expertise

Industries

  • B2B Platforms
  • Consumer Products
  • Defense
  • FinTech
  • Private Equity
  • Quick Service Retail
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Venture Capital

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Venture Capital
  • M&A
  • Financial Modeling
  • Due Diligence
  • Operating Model Design
  • Pricing Strategy

Representative Clients

Companies

  • McDonald’s
  • AB-InBev
  • IBM
  • Macy’s
  • SAIC
  • Farmer’s Fridge

PE Firms

  • AB-InBev Corporate Ventures (Z-Tech Ventures; ZX Ventures)
  • Store No 8 (Wal-Mart Corporate Venture)
  • Slow Ventures
  • Route 66 Ventures

  • 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